Tracker: Kaymer, Spieth tied for Players lead

Martin Kaymer during Saturday's third round of the 2014 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

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For the third straight round, Martin Kaymer is on top of the leaderboard at the Players Championship. But after Saturday, another player joins him in the lead at TPC Sawgrass.

Jordan Spieth made 17 pars en route to a third-round, 1-under 71 to move to 12 under, where he and Kaymer, who shot 72, lead the field by three shots.

Sergio Garcia and John Senden are tied for third at 9 under while Matt Jones, already a winner this season, is among those tied for fifth at 8 under.

Here's how it all unfolded Saturday at the Players Stadium course:

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Update #19: 7:04 p.m. ET

Martin Kaymer's approach from the rough sails long and he can't get up-and-down for par at the par-4 18th. His bogey drops him to 12 under overall. He's now tied for the lead after 54 holes with Jordan Spieth, who made par at the closing hole, his 17th par of the round. Spieth shot 1-under 71 today while Kaymer went for 72.

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Update #18: 6:30 p.m. ET

Martin Kaymer (13 under) and Jordan Spieth (11 under) are now heading to the par-3 17th. Spieth is bogey-free with 15 pars in 16 holes today. Above is video of how he made par at the par-3 13th.

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Update #17: 6:02 p.m. ET

Sergio Garcia misses a 2-footer for par at the par-3 17th to drop back to 9 under. He's now four shots back of leader Martin Kaymer, who is on the 15th hole.

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Update #16: 5:52 p.m. ET

Sergio Garcia birdies the par-5 16th to get back to 10 under and now moves on to the par-3 17th.

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Update #15: 5:15 p.m. ET

Jordan Spieth birdies the par-5 11th to end his streak of 10 straight pars today. The birdie also moves him to 12 under, one shot back of Martin Kaymer.

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Update #14: 4:57 p.m. ET

Sergio Garcia moves to 10 under after his birdie from 3 feet at the par-4 12th. Garcia is 4 under through 12 holes today. Also, John Senden bogeys the 13th to fall back to 8 under.

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Update #13: 4:49 p.m. ET

Martin Kaymer birdies the par-5 ninth to make the turn with a two-shot lead over Jordan Spieth at 13 under. Kaymer is now 1 under on his round today. Spieth, meanwhile, has made 10 straight pars to begin his round.

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Update #12: 4:32 p.m. ET

Sergio Garcia sticks his approach at the par-4 10th to 3 feet and makes birdie to move to 9 under, where he shares third with John Senden.

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Update #11: 3:58 p.m. ET

Martin Kaymer sticks his approach at the par-4 sixth to about 6 feet and makes the birdie to move back into the solo lead at 12 under.

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Update #10: 3:31 p.m. ET

Martin Kaymer runs his long birdie putt about 5 feet by at the par-4 fourth before missing his par save. Kaymer is now tied with Jordan Spieth for the lead at 11 under.

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Update #9: 3:20 p.m. ET

Three holes into their final rounds, Martin Kaymer (12 under) and Jordan Spieth (11 under) are even par on the day.

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Update #8: 2:51 p.m. ET

Just as the leaders are set to tee off, the group in front of them includes Russell Henley and Jim Furyk. Furyk makes a par from 40 feet, but Henley three-putts from 15 feet to make bogey. That drops him into a tie for fifth. As the third to last group off – Lee Westwood and Gary Woodland – have both made birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 to jump into a tie for third.

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Update #7: 2:43 p.m. ET

Watch Stewart Cink's approach shot on the par-4 seventh take one-hop and find the bottom of the cup. That moves the 40-year-old to 5 under for the tournament at TPC Sawgrass.

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Update #6: 2:17 p.m. ET

Bo Van Pelt is charging up the leaderboard. He is 3 under through 10 holes on the day at TPC Sawgrass. With this, it moves him into the top 10 (T-5) on The Players leaderboard. Van Pelt has yet record a top 10 this season.

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Update #5: 1:50 p.m. ET

Henrik Stenson lasers his second shot into the par-5 second from 275-yards and then converts his 10 foot putt for eagle. With that eagle he is 2 under through seven holes in his third round.

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Update #4: 1:29 p.m. ET

Jamie Donaldson made three consecutive birdies to start his third round at TPC Sawgrass. His opening birdies were from 10 feet or less. Donaldson takes it to 6 under for the tournament and into a six-way tie for fourth place.

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Update #3: 12:48 p.m. ET

ICYMI: Luke Donald stuck his tee shot to 1 foot on 17 during Friday's second round. He would eventually tap in for birdie, but before he did, Donald throws up the "Johnny Manziel money sign." Jason Dufner, who is a big Cleveland Browns fan, (Manziel was drafted 22nd by the Browns Thursday night) even got a laugh out of it.

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Update #2: 12:22 p.m. ET

Rory McIlroy is already done for the day. After rounds of 70-74 to make the cut on the number, the 20th-ranked player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, finished his third round with a 3-under 69. McIlroy started his third round 4 over through six holes, but finished with six birdies in his last 12 holes. He moved up 32 spots on the leaderboard and is currently T-34.

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Update #1: 12:06 p.m. ET

The leaders don't tee off for another two and a half hours, but Italian Francesco Molinari has moved into the top 10 by starting his third round with three birdies in the first four holes.

Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker are on the course with rounds of 4 under through 17 and 14 holes, respectively.

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Friday coverage

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Kaymer rediscovers form in 63-69 at Players

There’s been nothing soft or wimpy, for that matter, about the form of Martin Kaymer, the former World No. 1 player, through two rounds as he moved to the lead at The Players Championship.

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Thursday coverage

Sunnier disposition carries Garcia to 67

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Westwood shows serious game, plenty of wit

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At 44, Els catches second wind on Tour

For so many years, Ernie Els gave thought to what it might be like to just play the PGA Tour. His 4-under 68 Thursday at The Players Championship opened his seventh consecutive Tour event with a bang.

McIlroy, Rose take different turns at Players crossroads

Rory McIlroy turned in an opening round of 2-under 70 Thursday at the Players Championship. Pretty good most years, but on Thursday, he termed it “average,” and Justin Rose's 67 helped prove the quote accurate.

Fernandez-Castano finds form at Players

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano's new life on an island in Key Biscayne, Fla., is everything he hoped it would be -- even if his transition to the PGA Tour hasn’t gone as smoothly for the No. 48 player in the world.

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Preview coverage

Expert picks at The Players include Scott

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Don't flip, Mickelson says: Game's not a flop

To hear Phil Mickelson tell it, all is well with his game. Yet he's winless since the Open Championship in July with no top-10s, had the weekend off at the Masters and hasn’t posted consecutive rounds in the 60s on Tour this season.

Looking for a hot Players pick? Watson might not be your man

“Me and the golf course don’t see eye to eye,” Bubba Watson said Tuesday of TPC Sawgrass as he returns from three weeks away from the PGA Tour at the Players Championship.

'Imperfections' at Players? Believe it or not, yes

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On eve of Players, Singh seeks one more thing from Tour

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Cink, Ogilvy hunger for return among elite

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