Players Championship 2019 Leaderboard: Live Look at Sunday Scores, Predictions

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2019

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA - MARCH 16:   Jon Rahm of Spain lines up a putt on the 16th green during the third round of The PLAYERS Championship on The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on March 16, 2019 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Jon Rahm will start the final round of the 2019 Players Championship with a one-shot lead over a stacked field of contenders.

Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood sit one shot back at 14-under, while Jason Day chases the leader by three shots. Dustin Johnson is tied for sixth at 10-under and is another star to keep an eye on during the final round.

Here's a look at the leaderboard at the start of Sunday's action:

For a live look at the leaderboard, click here.

                   

Rahm Looks to Build on Saturday's Excellence

The 24-year-old Rahm powered his way to the top of the leaderboard with a stunning round of golf on Saturday, as he flirted with the course record before carding a round of eight-under.

He bogeyed once on the front nine and was nothing short of spectacular on the back nine, recording an eagle on the 11th and nearly acing the 17th:

Known as one of the most physically gifted players on the tour, Rahm has already won two PGA Tour events during his young career and has steadily improved his consistency. He's in a great position for the biggest win of his career, but faces some stiff competition on Sunday.

Golf writer Jason Sobel noted the list of top contenders looks tasty:

McIlroy and Fleetwood carded identical rounds of two-under on Saturday, overcoming poor starts to keep close to the top of the leaderboard. Both showed good mental strength to bounce back from issues with their short games, a good omen for Sunday.

The Northern Irishman's back nine could have looked a lot better if he found the fairway with more consistency, as his driving accuracy sat under 30 percent. If he can improve on that, he may just be the favourite to win the title.

Day won't be far behind, however. The Australian finished Round 3 at four-under and sits just three shots behind Rahm.

His putter is one of the biggest weapons on the tour, and he believes it could be the difference on Sunday, per journalist Evin Priest:

He's been striking the ball well but missed several birdie putts on Saturday, and improvements there could lead to a second Players Championship title.

                  

Prediction: Fleetwood gets hot on the front nine and gets the win.

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