Captain Chris Kirk has beamed himself to the top of The Players leaderboard at TPC Sawgrass.
Chris had a nice third round of -4 under par 68 to take possession of the top spot on The Players leaderboard with a -10 under par tournament total.
Chris said you can never feel comfortable on this course;
“I had a chance to sort of lose it a little bit today, I didn’t let it bother me, and thankfully I was able to birdie the next three to pull out a great round.”
“It’s not like you can ever get comfortable. If you have a six-shot lead at the turn, you’re not going to be comfortable playing that back nine just because of the way the back nine is.”
“You just put your head down and go get it.”
There are three players tied in second place, Kevin Kisner, Ben Martin and Bill Haas, have all completed three rounds with a -9 under par total, just one shot off the lead.
Chris Kirk and Kevin Kisner, the two Georgia alums will be paired together in the THE PLAYERS Championship’s final group on Sunday.
Kevin is looking forward to the match-up with his old team-mate Chris;
“We’ve probably played 200 or 300 rounds of golf together, between qualifying and college tournaments.”
“We’ll have a lot of fun. Hopefully it will just be like an old qualifying round. We’ll go out and see who can make the most birdies and add it up at the end.”
“Two 31s in a row here, back nine yesterday, front nine today, which is pretty cool.”
“You know, the front, I probably missed three putts inside 15 feet, so it could have been stupid.”
Rory thinks a lot of players still have a chance to win on Sunday, he is at -6 under par, and could post a good number early tomorrow;
“It seems like half of the Tour have a chance to win this thing.”
“I think a lot of holes on the front nine are very straight away, where there’s a lot of dog-legs on the back nine and it sort of, you can visualize shots better.”
“I feel on the front nine, like even holes like 2 it’s, obviously you need to hit a draw there, but even 4 and 5 and 6 and 7, they’re all like pretty straight holes and I sort of get up there and I’ve got about six shots in my head that I can hit.”
“I just need to try and pick one of them and commit to them and sometimes, of the six shots, I don’t hit any of them.”
Tiger Woods faded out of contention, a +3 over par 75 was the best he could do, and he left the course without speaking to reporters.