Players Championship 2014: Live Updates for Day 4 Leaderboard Scores

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

Jordan Spieth, left, and Martin Kaymer of Germany, shake hands at the end of the third round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Saturday, May 10, 2014 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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The Players Championship has become a two-man race; Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth come into the final day atop the leaderboard tied at 12 strokes under par.

Other competitors are at least three strokes off the lead and will have a hard time catching two players who have been incredible all tournament.

Even if no one reaches the leaders, the race between the top two to win a tournament considered the "fifth major" should keep fans intrigued throughout Sunday.

Here is a look at the latest standings at TPC Sawgrass, followed by top storylines to watch in Round 4:


Duel For First

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
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Based on what we have seen in the first three rounds of the tournament, this tournament has come down to just two men: Kaymer and Spieth.

Kaymer has held the lead for the majority of the weekend thanks to impressive approach shots like this one:

He appeared set to end the day with the 54-hole lead, but bogeyed on No. 18 to end at 12-under.

Meanwhile, Spieth has arguably been more impressive due to his consistency, as noted by Golf Central:

The fact that he can go three rounds without a bogey is impressive, even in mini golf. Doing it at 20 years old at this legendary course is simply incredible. His youth has not been a factor to this point, but he can set records with a win:

Fans at TPC Sawgrass have been pulling for Spieth so far, and they are hoping to see him end the tournament with an impressive victory on his resume.


Can Sergio Erase Last Year's Demons?

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 10:  Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts to a bogey on the 17th green 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 Richard Heathcot
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Sergio Garcia comes into Sunday tied for third place with a score of nine-under, but fans cannot help but think about how last year ended. He went into the final two holes at the Players Championship with a chance to beat Tiger Woods, but he hit three balls in the water and completely fell apart. 

After his three-putt led to a bogey on No. 17 in Round 3, Shane Bacon of Yahoo! joked about Garcia's problems with the hole:

However, the Spanish star appears to have put those problems behind him. He explained to Steve DiMeglio of USA Today:

You go through up and downs in your life, in your career, and I've had really, really good times, really, really happy times, and then I've had times that were a little bit more down. It's just the way of life. I think it happens to all of us. You've got to try to enjoy those good times as much as possible and learn from the tough ones and hopefully make them as short as possible.

This appears to be one of those happy times as he put himself in good shape heading into the final round. However, anything can happen on this course.

Garcia has an impressive 17 birdies in 54 holes, but he also has eight bogeys. These types of holes might prevent him from winning a title this weekend.


Battle for World No. 1

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 10:  Adam Scott of Australia makes birdie on the eighth 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/Getty
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One of the big things that goes with Tiger Woods missing a tournament through injury is golf seeing a new No. 1 player crowned by the end of play.

ESPN Golf provides the details:

The player with the best chance of this is clearly Adam Scott, although this seemed crazy at the beginning of the week. Scott shot a 77 in the first round before turning things around with a 67 in Round 2. He added a 69 on Saturday to put him in contention for a Top 10 finish.

With momentum on his side, he should be have what it takes to at least get into the Top 16 and pass Woods in the rankings.

Then again, Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson are each five-under and could make a run to the top of the leaderboard with a strong day. They all certainly have the talent to finish in the low 60s, but it is a question of whether those above them falter.

Either way, this will be something else to watch on Sunday before the final pairing comes through.


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