Players Championship 2013 Leaderboard: Day 3 Scores, Results and Analysis
The Players Championship has a new leader as the third round came to a halt.
David Lingmerth surged to the front after an eagle on the 16th hole and a gutsy birdie on the 17th.
The 25-year-old Swede will resume play tomorrow morning at the 18th tee with a two-stroke lead over Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. Lingmerth is 12-under par.
Jeff Maggert has posted the best round of the day, a 66, that moved the 49-year-old into a tie for fifth at 9-under with Hunter Mahan and Ryan Palmer.
The session was delayed for nearly two hours by rain and lightning. Another weather cell threatened to delay the round further, but it bypassed TPC Sawgrass.
Lingmerth confidently drills his putt on the 17th hole and makes the birdie. He has a two-stroke lead.
Garcia and Tiger both mark their balls on the 15th and they will resume tomorrow morning.
Woods tells NBC's Roger Maltbie that he wants to get some dinner and "watch the Knicks game."
He looks quite pleased to be off the course.
All those who did not finish their rounds will have to compete the third round early in the morning.
Lingmerth with a stellar shot on the island green at 17. He has a very sinkable putt for another birdie.
The horn sounds, so all golfers will be able to finish their current holes.
David Lingmerth with a superb hole on the 16th. He gets his eagle and takes the lead.
Garcia was in trouble on the 14th and needed a long putt to save par, but he left it short. Garcia drops to 10-under.
Woods, once again, is short on his birdie putt. He remains at 10-under par.
Stenson with a nice chip on 15 to get within six feet of the hole. He needs to sink the putt for a par and to maintain a share of the lead.
After a superb eagle on 16, Hunter Mahan makes the front edge of the island green on 17.
Stenson misses his par putt and he drops to 10-under. Garcia has the lead by himself—at least temporarily.
Jason Dufner with a double-bogey on 18 and he drops to 6-under par after three rounds.
Garcia makes his birdie putt on 13 and he ties Stenson once again for the lead.
Woods studies his par putt and drills it dead center from a testing four feet.
Garcia with a brilliant tee shot on the par 3 13th. Woods put his shot on the downward slope, just behind the edge of the green.
Lingmerth bogeys the 15th, and he slips to 9 under par.
NBC's commentators are saying that it has started to rain once again, but it is just a light rain.
Tiger's putting has kept him from converting his birdie opportunities.
Tiger has had a loooooot of looks today that he hasn't converted. Could be leading this thing without too much changing.— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) May 11, 2013
Rory McIlroy has finished his round and he shot a 1-over-par 73.
After shooting an opening round of 66, McIlroy followed with rounds of 72 and 73. He is 5-under par and six strokes behind Stenson.
McIlroy has been disappointing since his solid opening round, but he still has a shot.
Woods and Garcia both got their pars on the 12th. Woods once again missed his birdie putt by inches.
The weather that delayed play for nearly two hours is still an issue.
There are concerns that another weather front will further impact the round. NBC cameras are showing very dark skies.
Tiger Woods had a chance to tie for the lead on the 11th hole, but he missed another birdie putt.
After leaving his birdie attempt one roll short on the 10th hole, Woods rolled his 12-footer just to the right of the hole and had to settle for the par.
Garcia bogeyed the 11th and he lost his share of the lead.
Stenson remains at 11 under par.
Looks like maybe another hour or so of play, weather permitting.
Steve Silverman is going to take you the rest of the way.
Enjoy the rest of the round.
David Lingmerth has made birdies in three of his last six holes and has zoomed to third place.
Not bad for a guy most fans wouldn't be able to recognize if given three chances!
The drama deepens on the 11th tee when Sergio Garcia snap-hooks his tee shot into the left trees. Tiger Woods drills his straight down the middle of the fairway.
This will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Sergio Garcia makes a birdie putt on the ninth hole, getting him back to even par on the day.
He's 11-under par, one shot behind Henrik Stenson.
Playing partner Tiger Woods did not make his birdie chance and will start the back nine two shots behind Stenson, one behind Garcia.
Jason Dufner is perfect after the weather delay, two holes, two birdies.
If the stoic man gets it going, look out. The boys at the top could be getting company soon.
Webb Simpson just padded his large lead in the Tour's newest statistic, "strokes gained-shanking," at the 13th hole at TPC Sawgrass.— Sean Martin (@GolfweekSMartin) May 11, 2013
Rory's putting stroke just looks uncomfortable right now. His hands, his stance, everything, just looks strange over the ball.— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) May 11, 2013
Jason Dufner has gotten on a bit of a roll, making birdie on the ninth and 12th holes.
He's at seven-under par and working his way right into contention.
This might be a great time for his 2013 season to get a boost.
Henrik Stenson birdies his first hole after the rain delay and has moved out to a two-shot lead and heads to the back nine.
Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods might think about not worrying about each other and concentrating on playing some good golf.
A couple minutes early, but play has resumed in the third round of the 2013 Players Championship.
Sergio Garcia didn't wait for Tiger Woods to reach the green before he putted.
Garcia was on the green when the siren blew to delay play.
Woods hit his approach shot onto the green and Garcia putted before Woods got there.
A summary of what has transpired to this point in the third round would be something like this:
The final group of the day, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, has been well short of spectacular.
Woods is even par, thanks to some great putts for par saves.
Garcia is one over and has shown those old tendencies of having rabbit ears.
But as happens many times in situations like this, while all the attention is focused on two players, other players play well, too and make some nice moves.
Henrik Stenson, Jeff Maggert, Marc Leishman and David Lynn have done just that.
Stenson's in the lead but this is going to be a mad rush the rest of the way.
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