The Players Championship 2014 has been an immensely exciting tournament thus far, although one participant seems to be running away from the rest of the field.
Martin Kaymer downright dominated the opening round, shooting a course-record nine-under to take a commanding lead. While he was not able to repeat that success on Friday, the German shot a respectable three-under to remain at the top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend.
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Viewing Info for Third Round: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET on Golf Channel; 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on NBC (The Golf Channel will cover holes 16 through 18 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET.)
Day 3 Player to Watch: Martin Kaymer
Obviously Kaymer is the man to keep an eye on after scorching the competition at TPC Sawgrass in the opening rounds. The Dusseldorf native has a shot at earning his first win in quite some time and is even in the running to set a TPC record.
According to Michael Whitmer of The Boston Globe, this German star is within striking distance of the 24-under that Greg Norman cobbled together at Sawgrass back in 1994:
Think Martin Kaymer is playing well? At -12 and up by 5, he'll have to step it up if he wants to challenge 72-hole TPC scoring mark of -24.— Michael Whitmer (@GlobeWhitmer) May 9, 2014
Kaymer acknowledged that he was happy about setting records and spoke of his feelings on his historical superior score of 63 in the first round to CBS Sports:
"It's just a nice bonus," Kaymer said. "It's only the first round of a long, long tournament. It's nice to make some history. No one shot 29 on that golf course before."
The golfer should be especially happy with his record round, especially if it leads him to his first win since late 2011. Kaymer, a former world No. 1, hasn’t even placed inside the top 10 in 2014—which makes his showing at Sawgrass even more unexpectedly pleasant.
Will Kaymer pull out a victory in this tournament?
He explained that a boost in confidence and change in the way he approaches the game is responsible for this sudden improvement. As per CBS Sports:
“It just clicked a little bit," he said. "I thought, 'OK, I know I can hit pretty much every shot when I needed to hit it.' If it's a draw, if it's a fade, low or high, I know that I can do it. It's just a matter of getting the confidence on the golf course and then letting it happen and really doing it.”
Things were looking good for Kaymer historically until Jordan Spieth had another great round on Friday. Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel noted the previous two players to take at least a three-hole lead into the clubhouse after 36 holes have gone on to win:
Largest 36 hole lead in Players history is 3. Lanny Wadkins & Greg Norman who both went on to win. Martin Kaymer leads by 5.— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) May 9, 2014
Unfortunately for Kaymer, Spieth is sitting at 11-under and is just one stroke behind him. It sets up an extremely interesting battle this weekend, and it seems that both have a great shot at claiming the "fifth major."
If you are only going to track one golfer this weekend at The Players Championship, make it Kaymer. His comeback is thrilling to watch, especially since he is displaying mastery of an immensely difficult course, and he has some close competition, with Spieth right on his tail.