The Players Championship 2014 has been an absolutely incredible event thus far and is getting even better as we march through the weekend toward a thrilling conclusion.
You aren’t going to want to miss a single minute of this affair, as it promises to heat up even more over the final holes. It appears that Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer have a leg up on the competition, but anyone near the top of the leaderboard still has a chance to come through on Sunday.
Let’s take a look at the live, updated leaderboard to find the latest scores for golf’s fifth major, plus highlight a golfer to watch now that the cut is behind us.
All times ET.
Third Round: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Golf Channel, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on NBC (The Golf Channel will cover holes 16 through 18 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Fourth Round: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Golf Channel, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on NBC (The Golf Channel will cover holes 16 through 18 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Participant to Watch: Martin Kaymer
Kaymer has been special thus far during The Players Championship and has a chance to win his first tournament in a long time. The German is currently sitting atop the standings but has some tough competition right on his tail.
As of 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Kaymer is holding tight at 12 under after dominating the opening round (finishing nine under) and slapping together a decent Day 2 at Sawgrass (three-under). His second-round showing was a tad underwhelming, however, considering he set a TPC record on Thursday.
His eye-popping 63 in Round 1 was a result of some newfound confidence and a much-needed change in approach after failing to win a tournament since late 2011.
The Dusseldorf native spoke about these adjustments to CBS Sports:
It just clicked a little bit. 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.
Who will win the tournament?
While Kaymer wasn’t able to parlay this into another historically amazing round on Friday, he was quite happy with his three-under outing. The former World No. 1-ranked golfer told Doug Ferguson of The Associated Press (via AZCentral.com): "Everything is coming together nicely.”
It certainly is, as Kaymer just needs to hold off a surging Spieth and the rest of the pack to claim a much-needed victory. The 29-year-old is even in the running to challenge The Players Championship’s 72-hole tourney record of 24-under, as per Michael Whitmer of The Boston Globe:
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
Keep checking back here throughout the weekend to see if Kaymer, the 2010 PGA Championship winner, can get his once-promising career back on track. The scoreboard will update live and will allow you to track the action of all the top participants in this epic event.