The Players Championship 2014 has lived up to expectations as golf’s “fifth major,” even without superstar Tiger Woods in the field. With Sunday’s championship round underway, there are a handful of elite competitors left vying for the title at TPC Sawgrass.
Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth, two intriguing talents that have been lighting up the course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, over the past few days, currently sit atop the leaderboard.
One of these two is most likely to go on and win it all, but Sergio Garcia and John Senden are each only three strokes behind. Anything could happen, especially with so many challenges these competitors must face over the last 18 holes.
Keep reading for a look at the live updating leaderboard, as it will almost certainly change as we make our way to the 18th hole, and much more.
Fourth 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 4 Golfer to Watch: Martin Kaymer
Kaymer is battling for the catbird seat on the leaderboard with Spieth, with both currently sitting at 12-under par heading into their upcoming, 2:35 p.m. ET tee time.
Ron Sirak of Golf World posted the final pin locations for Day 4:
It’s going to be immensely fun to watch this final pairing, considering each has been downright dominant during the prior three rounds at TPC Sawgrass.
Much of Kaymer’s success stems from his historically special opening performance, as the German star set a TPC record on Thursday by going nine-under. He claimed a change in attitude and boost of confidence allowed him to shoot the 63, as per 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.
The 29-year-old had hit a bit of a lull in recent years, having dropped from the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer down to No. 61 after failing to win a tournament since late 2011. Things have been especially rough for Kaymer in 2014, with the Dusseldorf native failing to record a top-10 finish in any of the tournaments he has entered this year.
However, Kaymer seems to be a lock for the top 10 this week, but he’ll need to keep his foot on the gas if he’s going to finally score another victory in a tournament.
The 2010 PGA Championship victor is definitely capable of doing so but has to prove his attitude adjustment will continue to hold up in a high-pressure situation.
Make sure you tune in and check back here often to get the latest look at the live updating leaderboard.