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The Players Championship 2014: Live Leaderboard Scores and Standings from Day 4

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The Players Championship 2014: Live Leaderboard Scores and Standings from Day 4
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The 2014 Players Championship has been all about Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth in each of the opening three days, so it's only fitting that they will make up Sunday's final pairing.

Kaymer started out nine under in his very first round—tied for a TPC Sawgrass course record—and has held a share of the lead after all three days. But while he's been able to hold on throughout, 20-year-old Spieth has been hot on his tail down the stretch of Friday and Saturday.

John Senden and Sergio Garcia sit just three strokes back entering Sunday, while three more are four back, but it's Kaymer and Spieth's to lose at this point. 

Let's break down how the leaderboard looks up to the minute. 

 

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Martin Kaymer

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Martin Kaymer opened up The Players with a historic round and ever since it's been a matter of holding onto that lead that has now evaporated completely entering Day 4.

Kaymer's opening-round 63 was tied for the best round TPC Sawgrass has ever seen, and his 29 on the front nine actually was an all-time course best by itself.

But since, he has been trying to hold on. He shot a 69 on Friday, which was good enough to hold off a surge from Jordan Spieth. But on Saturday, he shot an even par round and saw Spieth tie his 12-under par score. 

That has made Spieth more of a crowd favorite than the 20-year-old already was, and Kaymer is alright with that, per PGA Tour:

The 29-year-old Kaymer is no stranger to the big stage, as the 2010 PGA Championship winner has also spent time as the world's No. 1 golfer. But with only two PGA Tour victories to his name and the most recent coming in 2011, he might be due for a big Sunday and a Players win.

 

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth could have fallen out of golf relevancy after the Masters and still had his 2014 season regarded as great, but he's decided to keep up his great form and continue competing for some of golf's biggest tournaments.

The 20-year-old has gone from amateur to near Masters winner in a matter of months and four other top-five finishes throughout 2014 prove he's already one of the most dangerous contenders on the PGA Tour. He's shown his skills once again at TPC Sawgrass, shooting a 67 and 66 in his first two rounds.

He stayed on course during Saturday's Moving Day, shooting a one-under 71 in a bogey-free round to tie Kaymer for the lead.

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After coming up just short at Augusta National last month, Spieth admitted that experience had him wanting another big opportunity, per PGATour.com's Sean Martin:

"I’m very excited,” Spieth said, per Martin. “This is a position I wanted to get into in another big tournament. Augusta left me feeling a little hungry for it again, and here we are."

Everyone expected the nerves to get to Spieth during the final round of the Masters but lost in the madness is that he still shot even par Sunday—Bubba Watson simply had a better round. Despite his young age, Spieth seems to be cool under pressure and that bodes well for him entering another stressful Sunday. 

 

John Senden

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Much of the talk at The Players has centered around either Kaymer or Spieth but one golfer having a great weekend who is lost in the commotion is John Senden.

The 43-year-old started out quiet with a two-under 70 on Thursday, but improving to a 69 on Friday made him five-under-par through two rounds. However, it was his 68 on Saturday that really put him into a solid position down the stretch.

Senden used an impressive arsenal of shots, including this incredible eagle from about 75 feet out, per PGA Tour: 

Just three shots back and tied with Sergio Garcia for third place, Senden is right where he needs to be to make a late surge.

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