Players Championship 2013 Tee Times: Pairings and Predictions for Sunday

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Players Championship 2013 Tee Times: Pairings and Predictions for Sunday
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The Players Championship will wrap up on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass, and the tournament is living up to its typical billing.

A lot of prominent, world-elite players are in contention, but it's PGA Tour rookie David Lingmerth leading the way at 11-under-par, tied with past Players champions Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia.

Weather delayed the action and resulted in play being suspended due to darkness for those near the top of the leaderboard. LingmerthWoods and Garcia were all in top form Sunday morning despite the early start to finish tied atop the leaderboard.

Below is a breakdown of the tee times for Sunday's final round in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., kicking off at 8:35 a.m.

Note: All statistics and information, unless otherwise indicated, are courtesy of PGATour.com.

 

Sunday Tee Times and Pairings (All times ET)

8:40 am Blixt, Jonas Curtis, Ben
8:49 am Points, D.A. Teater, Josh
8:58 am Wi, Charlie Sabbatini, Rory
9:07 am Davis, Brian Harrington, Padraig
9:16 am Schwartzel, Charl Kaymer, Martin
9:25 am Pettersson, Carl Leonard, Justin
9:34 am Campbell, Chad Bohn, Jason
9:43 am Hahn, James Noh, Seung-Yul
9:52 am Barnes, Ricky Choi, K.J.
10:01 am Howell III, Charles Thompson, Michael
10:10 am Huh, John DeLaet, Graham
10:19 am Walker, Jimmy Weekley, Boo
10:28 am Day, Jason Hoffman, Charley
10:38 am Bae, Sang-Moon Kirk, Chris
10:48 am Donald, Luke Herron, Tim
10:58 am Jacobson, Freddie English, Harris
11:08 am Senden, John Hearn, David
11:18 am Chappell, Kevin McGirt, William
11:28 am Driscoll, James Johnson, Zach
11:38 am Cabrera, Angel Watson, Bubba
11:48 am Scott, Adam Kuchar, Matt
11:58 am Kelly, Jerry Simpson, Webb
12:08 pm Hanson, Peter Crane, Ben
12:18 pm Castro, Roberto Every, Matt
12:28 pm Love III, Davis Romero, Andres
12:38 pm McIlroy, Rory Summerhays, Daniel
12:48 pm Snedeker, Brandt Laird, Martin
12:58 pm Stroud, Chris de Jonge, Brendon
1:08 pm Grace, Branden Stanley, Kyle
1:18 pm Dufner, Jason Oosthuizen, Louis
1:28 pm Streelman, Kevin Stricker, Steve
1:38 pm O'Hair, Sean Overton, Jeff
1:48 pm Leishman, Marc Westwood, Lee
1:58 pm Mahan, Hunter Chalmers, Greg
2:08 pm Maggert, Jeff Lynn, David
2:18 pm Stenson, Henrik Palmer, Ryan
2:28 pm Woods, Tiger Wittenberg, Casey
2:38 pm Lingmerth, David Garcia, Sergio

All tee times and pairings via PGATour.com.

 

2013 Players Championship Leaderboard

Pos

Golfer

R1

R2

R3

To Par

T1

David Lingmerth

68

68

69

-11

T1

Sergio Garcia

68

65

72

-11

T1

Tiger Woods

67

67

71

-11

T4

Casey Wittenberg

67

69

70

-10

T4

 Ryan Palmer

67

69

70

-10

T4

Henrik Stenson

68

67

71

-10

7

Jeff Maggert

70

71

66

-9

T8

David Lynn

72

68

68

-8

T8

Hunter Mahan

67

70

71

-8

T10

Greg Chalmers

68

73

68

-7

T10

Marc Leishman

72

66

71

-7

T10

Lee Westwood

69

66

74

-7

Other Notables

 T18

Rory McIlroy

66

72

73

-5

 T18

Brandt Snedeker

71

69

71

-5

 T37

Bubba Watson

73

70

70

-3

 T42

Luke Donald

72

69

73

-2

CUT

Phil Mickelson

72

73

 

CUT

CUT

Justin Rose

72

74

 

CUT

 

 

Predictions

Lingmerth collapses

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In one of the craftier golf tweets of the day, PGATour.com's Brian Wacker gave Lingmerth's name a bit of a pop culture twist, nodding to Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin:

The magnitude of what Lingmerth will be dealing with on Sunday will be unprecedented in his brief career, though. A total of 19 different champions have emerged from this prestigious event in as many years, but Lingmerth doesn't seem like the one to get it done.

Considering he only hit 7-of-13 fairways on Saturday and the finishing hole is lined by water down the left side, it's hard to trust him to pipe one down the middle under this kind of unprecedented pressure.

Ever since he lost in a playoff at the Humana Challenge in just his second Tour start, Lingmerth has missed eight out of 10 cuts.

The Players is known for producing unlikely winners, but a triumph by Lingmerth would be the biggest shocker of all.

 

Rory McIlroy makes a charge

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The 66 that McIlroy shot in the opening round is still the only time the 24-year-old Northern Irishman has broken par in competition at TPC Sawgrass.

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Though his swing has been loose at various points over the past two rounds, he is still very much in the hunt at five-under overall. If McIlroy can get off to a strong start and apply some early pressure, there is a chance that he can make a serious run for the trophy.

Of course, that depends on what type of putter McIlroy is over the final 18 holes. Either he makes everything or he just can't seem to find the bottom of the cup, despite golden opportunities.

Ever since abandoning his Scotty Cameron putter for the Nike Method, rolling the rock has proven to be less consistent. McIlroy putted beautifully during his dominant run through the last half of 2012, but he hasn't been the same since.

It's only a matter of time before McIlroy gets hot on the greens, though. I feel that time will be tomorrow. The only problem is, it will be too little, too late.

 

Winner: Tiger Woods

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Woods had a string of 12 consecutive pars on Saturday. It kept him in the hunt, but he could have significantly separated himself from the rest of the field. The dominant streak simply wasn't there, and Woods has only won once here—back in 2001.

Stenson seemed like a viable option, given that he leads the Tour in total driving and greens in regulation. Upon further examination of his statistics, though, there are significant red flags.

A greens-in-regulation percentage of nearly 74 isn't any good unless one can capitalize, and Stenson doesn't do that very frequently. He ranks 143rd, converting just 27.07 percent of his putts for birdie or better.

What's the problem? Stenson finds the putting surface more than anyone, but his proximity to the hole nearly never gives him a chance to go low. He's also 162nd in three-putt avoidance, so picking him is discouraging.

The old "drive for show, putt for dough" saying applies here, because Woods leads the Tour in strokes gained putting.

Garcia is also untrustworthy, and he caused a stir by blaming Woods for a badly mishit second shot on the par-five second hole. That should only add fuel to Woods' competitive fire, especially in light of their exchange in the press after Saturday, as documented by Golf Channel's Ryan Lavner:

That spat will be among many driving forces that net Woods his fourth victory of the 2013 season—along with his spectacular work with the flatstick.


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