A champion will soon be crowned at the 2015 Players Championship, and it nearly guarantees to be a first-time winner.
Entering Sunday's final round, Sergio Garcia marked the lone golfer within striking distance who has won the Players before in his career. Other than that, the leaderboard is sprinkled with foes who have just a few short PGA Tour victories—or less than that, in some instances—to their credit.
The final group tees off around 2:35 p.m. ET, and the action can be caught on NBC from 2 p.m. until the final hole. For up-to-the-minute leaderboard updates, simply glance below.
Move Over, Jordan Spieth—Justin Thomas is Coming
The top of the Players leaderboard is littered with golfers trying to prove they can be dangerous contenders week in and week out. But when a youngster comes around and plays with the best in the business, it's hard not to project the possibilities.
Prior to this weekend, one could read that sentence and attribute it directly to one Jordan Spieth. But while the 21-year-old missed the cut at TPC Sawgrass, 22-year-old Justin Thomas is more than picking up the slack.
The PGA Tour rookie—yes, rookie, with 17 career starts—dominated Moving Day with a round of 65, which put him two strokes shy of the lead and tied with Sergio Garcia. Thomas also broke the course's record for birdies in a round, carding 10 of them Saturday, per PGATour.com's Mike McAllister.
"One of the best rounds I've ever played in competition," Thomas told McAllister.
As if his dominance Saturday wasn't enough, he even managed to hole one of his worst shots of the day, as Sean Martin of PGATour.com noted:
The former University of Alabama national champion did well to put his best golf together for Saturday, but he'll need to keep it rolling into Sunday. Four golfers enter Sunday ahead of him in the leaderboard, and each of them shot rounds of 68 or better in Round 3.
Golfing Angry: The Rickie Fowler Story
It's been fair to paint Rickie Fowler in a number of lights throughout his young career—largely based off his struggles to turn contending status into victory over the back nine of major tournaments. "Overrated" wouldn't seem to be one of them, not after the 26-year-old finished in the top five of every major in 2014.
Sports Illustrated and Golf.com conduct an annual anonymous poll of PGA Tour pros, and this year's version concluded that Fowler and Ian Poulter (who each received 24 percent of the vote) are the most overrated names in golf.
To say that has lit a fire under Fowler would be an understatement.
He rattled off consecutive rounds of 69 before the weekend to put himself in the brunt of the leaderboard—where he's so accustomed to being. He cooled off a bit with a third-round 71 but sits just three strokes back of the overall lead entering Sunday.
Fowler let his career accolades speak for themselves before simply letting his play at TPC Sawgrass do the same, per ESPN's Jason Sobel:
For all of the consistency the 26-year-old has shown throughout his young career, his lone PGA Tour victory and constant inability to emerge from major leaderboards victorious has somewhat plagued his image—at least internally. Hype has never failed to shadow Fowler as he continues shows the ability to be one of the best American golfers of the future, but his peers want to see more results.
He's in a familiar position Sunday, as compared to all of those times where he came up short. Perhaps this time around, the extra motivation will push him over the top.