Tracker: Kaymer outlasts Furyk, wins Players

Martin Kaymer during Sunday's final round of the PGA Tour's 2014 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

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Having faced a big push from Jim Furyk, 2010 PGA Championship victor Martin Kaymer needed to hang on through a rain delay for a Players Championship win at TPC Sawgrass.

Kaymer was tied for the 54-hole lead with Jordan Spieth at 12 under, the mark on which Furyk got to the clubhouse while Kaymer saw a three-shot lead shrink to one with a double bogey at the 15th. But he recovered to par in and capture golf's "fifth major."

• Early Sunday, Tour rescinds Saturday's penalty against Rose

Keep up with the final-round action right here – and scroll down for our tournament coverage to date:

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Update No. 27: 8:11 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer needs an up and down for par to win, and putts from the fairway to about 3 feet past. The short putt falls and Kaymer wins The Players Championship.

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Update No. 26: 8:06 p.m. EDT

On the 18th tee, leader Martin Kaymer finds the right side of the fairway to set up a nice approach in. On his approach, Kaymer comes up short and must get up and down for the win.

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Update No. 25: 7:59 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer needs an up-and-down at the par-3 17th to carry his one-shot lead to the 18th. But his chip comes up well short of the hole. He turns his fortunes around, though, by sinking the remaining putt with perfect pace and a solid read. He still leads – and perhaps regains a little momentum.

Sergio Garcia birdies the 18th to head in at 11 under in solo third.

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Update No. 24: 7:53 p.m. EDT

So leader Martin Kaymer comes to the island-green, par-3 17th with a one-shot lead. His shot lands on the bunker surround, hops onto the green, then spins back to the water's edge – somehow stopping in the narrow strip of rough without falling in.

Up ahead at the 18th, Sergio Garcia hits a great approach but can't hole it out, and won't catch Jim Furyk at 12 under.

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Update No. 23: 7:49 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer pars the 16th after getting close to the par-5's green in two, putting on from the fairway and two-putting. He remains a shot ahead of Jim Furyk.

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Update No. 22: 7:31 p.m. EDT

Around the 15th green, leader Martin Kaymer faces a tough up-and-down attempt to salvage par. His pitch not only misses the green but stops in the wet sand near the bunker's lip; he's still short-sided, looking for a sand save for bogey. His bunker shot flies past the hole and rolls by even longer; he then needs a lag and a tap-in for double bogey. That sets Kaymer back to 13 under, giving him a one-shot lead over Jim Furyk

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Update No. 21: 7:24 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer finds trouble at the 15th, but has a three-shot lead to work with – and that's over Jim Furyk, who has finished his round. Among challengers still on the course, three are five shots back: Francesco Molinari with one to play, Sergio Garcia with three to play and Jordan Spieth with four to play. Kaymer missed the 15th fairway as his ball came to rest near a tree, then missed well left of the green and short-sided himself. We'll see what the miscues will cost him.

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Update No. 20: 7:13 p.m. EDT

As play resumes, Jim Furyk wraps up a round of 66 with a short par putt to get to the clubhouse at 12 under, three back of leader Martin Kaymer.

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Update No. 19: 5:39 p.m. EDT

The horn sounds to suspend play because of inclement weather in the area.

With several of the top 10 players in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings having started the week, let's check in on how they've fared:

  • 1. Adam Scott: T-38, 2 under (73 today)
  • 2. Matt Kuchar: T-17, 6 under (71)
  • 3. Bubba Watson: T-48, 1 under (76)
  • 6. Sergio Garcia: T-4, 10 under (1 under through 14 holes today)
  • 7. Steve Stricker: T-12, 7 under (69)
  • 8. Zach Johnson: T-27, 4 under (72)
  • 9. Henrik Stenson: T-34, 3 under (74)
  • 10. Hunter Mahan: MC (73-78)

And leader Martin Kaymer, who's 15 under? He's ranked 30th.

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Update No. 18: 5:17 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk moves to second with a birdie at the 16th, getting to 12 under and narrowing Martin Kaymer's lead a bit to three shots.

With Kaymer on cruise control, perhaps the only thing that can stop him is the weather – should storms reach Ponte Vedra Beach. Our Adam Schupak checks in via Twitter to point out Kaymer's stated game plan for the final round is holding up:

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Update No. 17: 5:11 p.m. EDT

Leader Martin Kaymer tacks on another birdie, moving to 15 under through 11 holes and four shots clear of the field. He's looking for his second Tour win, the other being the 2010 PGA Championship.

Sergio Garcia birdies No. 12 to move to 11 under and T-2 alongside Jim Furyk and Jordan Spieth.

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Update No. 16: 4:53 p.m. EDT

A birdie at No. 9 gives Martin Kaymer a three-shot lead and he follows with a par at No. 10 – as the skies are starting to darken with storms in the region, he leads a foursome of players who are T-2 (Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari and Jordan Spieth).

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Update No. 15: 4:26 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia is again in contention at a Players Championship, moving to 11 under with a birdie at No. 9 – that pulls him even with Jim Furyk at 11 under.

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Update No. 14: 4:22 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth's second bogey of the tournament is also his second in four holes, as he falls behind Martin Kaymer at No. 8. Kaymer has a birdie and seven pars as he's 13 under. Jim Furyk remains third at 11 under.

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Update No. 13: 4:10 p.m. EDT

With eight birdies in his last 13 holes, Rory McIlroy closes with a 66 to head in T-6 at 9 under. He's in the mix for his sixth top-10 finish of the year.

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Update No. 12: 3:57 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk breaks out of the T-3 crowd and pulls within two shots of the lead with a birdie at No. 10. That moves Furyk to 11 under, with only co-leaders Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth.

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Update No. 11: 3:49 p.m. EDT

Martin Kaymer is again tied for the lead after Jordan Spieth bogeys the fifth hole, the men in the final group again knotted at 13 under par. Five players are T-3 at 10 under: Brian Davis, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, David Hearn and George McNeill.

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Update No. 10: 3:28 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth is your leader after a birdie at fourth hole, pulling a shot ahead of Martin Kaymer.

Jimmy Walker moves to 8 under for his round with a birdie at the 16th and follows with a par at the island-green 17th to get to T-3 and 10 under as he plays the last.

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Update No. 9: 3:05 p.m. EDT

Birdies at No. 2 stretch the margin of co-leaders Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth back to three shots as they get to 13 under. Jim Furyk birdies his fourth hole of the day at No. 6 to join Brian Davis and Sergio Garcia T-3 at 10 under.

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Update No. 8: 2:57 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia birdies the second hole to pull within two shots of co-leaders Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth at 10 under, T-3 with Brian Davis. Jim Furyk, Justin Rose and Jimmy Walker are among six players T-5 another shot back.

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Update No. 7: 2:39 p.m. EDT

Jimmy Walker joins K.J. Choi at 7 under, his sixth birdie of the day coming at the 13th to get him to that mark. Walker is T-4 at 9 under with five holes to play, three shots back of co-leaders Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth – who have just started their rounds.

Justin Rose is in third, two back of Kaymer and Spieth, after birdieing the ninth.

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Update No. 6: 1:32 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose birdies again at No. 4 to move to T-3 at 9 under – he's got two birdies and two pars so far in his final round, but you might say he's 4 under for the day after the PGA Tour rescinded a penalty from yesterday's third round. Our Alex Miceli has the breaking news right here.

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Update No. 5: 1:16 p.m. EDT

K.J. Choi has birdied his last six holes in a row to get his round and his week to 7 under; he's T-9 with four holes to play. Choi, of South Korea, is aiming for his second top-10 finish of the season.

Justin Rose birdies No. 2 to climb to T-5 at 8 under.

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Update No. 4: 12:57 p.m. EDT

K.J. Choi gets his round to 5 under with four straight birdies from Nos. 9-12 and rises to T-14 at 5 under for the week.

Billy Horsched signed for a 67 after finishing with eight straight pars and is T-28 at 4 under.

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Update No. 3: 12:09 p.m. EDT

Russell Knox birdies four straight to start the back nine as he joins Billy Horschel at 5 under for the round and T-24 at 4 under.

Scott Brown and Charl Schwartzel are also going low in their final round, 4 under through 12 and 11 holes respectively. They're also T-24 at 4 under.

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Update No. 2: 12:03 p.m. EDT

What's at stake on the TPC Sawgrass rounds today? Our Adam Schupak takes a look:

With the leaders set to tee off about 2 1/2 hours from now, they might want to play at a quicker pace than usual – the forecast calls for a 30 percent of rain beginning about 6 p.m.

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Update No. 1: 11:56 a.m. EDT

Billy Horschel shows that TPC Sawgrass can be beaten today, going 5 under for his first 10 holes; he's still on that mark with four to play. Horschel, who played collegiately at UF and grew up in Central Florida, is T-24 at 4 under and looking for his second top-10 finish of the year.

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Saturday coverage

Short game keeps Spieth bogey-free at Players

Through 54 holes of the Players Championship, Jordan Spieth is bogey-free and tied for the lead as he searches for his second career PGA Tour victory.

With spotlight on Spieth, Kaymer seeks Players title

Most of the media attention was on Jordan Spieth after Saturday's third round of the Players Championship, and that's OK with Martin Kaymer, who co-leads with Spieth after 54 holes at TPC Sawgrass.

5 Things: Scott chasing No. 1 at Players; Rose's penalty; more

While Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth lead, there were still plenty of other storylines from the Players Championship Saturday, including Adam Scott chasing the World No. 1 ranking, Justin Rose's penalty and more.

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Friday coverage

Spieth contends in first Players foray

Jordan Spieth's latest PGA Tour exploit: a bogey-free 6-under 66 in the second round of The Players Championship to climb into the final group Saturday with 36-hole leader Martin Kaymer.

5 Things: Battles at top, on cut line of Players Championship

From stars at the top such as Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth to stars at the bottom such as Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy, here are 5 Things to know from Friday’s second round.

Ogilvy heads into Players weekend in top 10

For Geoff Ogilvy's game, there’s light again. You can see it in his play and hear it in his words as he's in the top 10 midway through the Players Championship.

As Watson contends at Players, No. 1 ranking in view

Sitting at 3 under at the halfway mark of The Players Championship, Bubba Watson is a little more serious about his chances considering he has won twice this year and his growth as a golfer is progressing.

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.

'13 Masters champ Scott marries

One of golf's most eligible bachelors is off the market. Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, married long-time girlfriend Marie Kojzar, according to New Zealand website Stuff.

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Thursday coverage

Sunnier disposition carries Garcia to 67

His past filled with lows and self-doubt, Sergio Garcia is trying to have a sunnier disposition on the golf course. A 5-under 67 Thursday at The Players will help.

Westwood shows serious game, plenty of wit

Lee Westwood's 67 in the Players Championship first round kept him from taking the dew-sweeping tee time as a PGA Tour insult: 'This is like having a handicap again, getting a shot.'

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

Adam Scott and Brandt Snedeker are earning multiple mentions as our experts pick the favorites in The Players this week in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

After flood of '14 woes, Peterson keeps head above water

John Peterson's professional life was at an all-time high after success at the 2012 U.S. Open and a Web.com Finals victory. But then a busted copper pipe at his home put things in perspective, and the outspoken former LSU star has been scrambling to recover ever since.

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

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem didn’t downplay the issues with three damaged greens at TPC Sawgrass, site of this week's Players Championship.

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

Vijay Singh has played in 21 consecutive Players Championships, but that streak is in jeopardy on the eve of the Tour’s flagship event. As third alternate, Singh awaits a call from the Tour while he practices this week at nearby Sawgrass Country Club.

Scott learns to work harder after '04 Players win

Adam Scott won the Players Championship at 23, setting the golf world abuzz. But more success didn't come until Scott learned that getting better wasn't just going to happen, he had to work harder.

Cink, Ogilvy hunger for return among elite

With Earth's population in the billions, being ranked in the top 155 golfers isn't awful. But to former top-5 players Stewart Cink and Geoff Ogilvy, "No. 200 sounds pretty bad when you’ve been in the top 10,” as Cink put it.

Ogilvy shopping for a new putter at Sawgrass

Geoff Ogilvy took out his recent frustrations on his old putter, and is now in the market for a new one this week at the Players Championship.

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