Players Championship 2014 Leaderboard: Live Updates and Top Day 4 Storylines

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 10:  Jordan Spieth of the United States (R) saves par on the 18th hole as Martin Kaymer of Germany look on during the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 10, 2014 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Lost in the shuffle of something called a draft has been three thrilling rounds of action at TPC Sawgrass as the best golfers in the world jockey for position on the 2014 Players Championship leaderboard.

Sunday marks the fourth and final round of action, as Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth lead the way atop the proceedings but close behind are two underdogs with plenty of momentum in Sergio Garcia and John Senden.

Let's take a look at a leaderboard that updates as the action unfolds and examine some noteworthy storylines after the jump.




Storylines to Watch

Sergio Garcia's Propensity to Implode

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Fans know the drill. Garcia was that guy last year who completely lost his game when he needed it most.

Garcia had the look of the overall winner last year in a race with Tiger Woods before sending two shots into the water. The overall victor from 2008 and having not missed a cut since 2003, it was a shocking turn of events.

So far, Garcia has been his usual self through three days. He shot a cool 71 on Friday before tallying six birdies for a 3-under round on Saturday. There was a brief glimpse of Garcia's self-destructive ways via a bogey on 17, but overall, perhaps fans are seeing the positive Garcia.

Positivity has been a theme as of late for Garcia, which is something he has made very public, as captured by Steve DiMeglio of USA Today:

When you're going through a rough patch, I wouldn't say you give up, but you seem to not fight as hard, like when you're going through a good time, you make a bogey, and you're like, you're not happy about it, but you're like, let's try to get it back. When you're going through a bad patch, you make a bogey, and it's like, oh, here we go again. I don't know, the mind is a beautiful thing.

Entering Sunday just three shots out of the lead, one has to think Garcia has not only learned from last year's major hiccup, but he can lean on his new attitude to overcome any obstacles he may encounter.


The Battle at the Top

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 10:  Martin Kaymer of Germany hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 10, 2014 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Ge
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Look at Kaymer and Spieth go.

Kaymer has played strong for the most part throughout the proceedings, but his erratic play on Saturday made sure he could not pull away from Spieth and the rest of the field.

In fact, Kaymer was as up-and-down as it gets and finished the day on quite the sour note via a bogey on No. 18. After the round, he told reporters, via Chris Parenteau of WJXT, that the deciding round comes down to a few rather simple factors:

No kidding. The same can be said for the 20-year-old Spieth, who has looked unstoppable to this point but also acts as a bit of a wild card thanks to his inexperience at TPC. Spieth made his debut at the tournament Thursday and has not shot a bogey since, but that trend will have to be snapped sometime soon. 


Maybe not. The runner-up at the Masters, Spieth has been on quite the tear. It has allowed him to stick near the top of the leaderboard entering Sunday and one misstep from Kaymer will see him take home the top prize.


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