PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods didn't run away and hide on Sunday, but tightened up over TPC Sawgrass' final three holes to win his second career Players Championship title on Sunday.
Woods fired a 2-under 70 to outlast David Lingmerth, Jeff Maggert and Kevin Streelman by two shots. Here are 5 Things to take away from Woods' 78th career PGA Tour victory:
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1. FOUR! Fans and players alike are used to watching Tiger Woods pull away on Sunday, especially on the back nine.
And Sunday started on that script, with Woods running out to a two-shot lead as he stepped up to the 14th tee box.
And then he did something no one is used to – he popped up a drive that hooked into a lake along the left side of the fairway. He failed to get up-and-down from just in front of the green for bogey, falling back into a four-way tie for the lead with Sergio Garcia, David Lingmerth and Jeff Maggert at 12 under.
“When I hit it (the pop-up hook), I’m like, ‘OK, here we go. You haven’t hit a shot like this all week, so forget it. . . . Let’s make a ...
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- It wasn't pretty, and took some help from the 17th hole, but Tiger Woods won his fourth PGA Tour title of the season with his first Players Championship title since 2001.
Woods fired a 2-under 70 -- which included a double-bogey at the par-4 14th that left the tournament in a four-way tie for the lead -- to win the title by two shots over David Lingmerth, Jeff Maggert and Kevin Streelman.
A birdie at the par-5 16th hole and then a clutch two-putt from 45 feet at No. 17 allowed Woods to hold off the field to pick up his 78th career victory.
"I hit the worst shot I could possibly hit (on No. 14)," said Woods, who has won in his 100th, 200th and now 300th career start. "But stayed really patient. I kept telling myself that was the first bad swing I had."
Sergio Garcia was tied for the lead when he stepped up to the par-3 17th hole, but would go in the water twice on the tough par-3 and drop off the leaderboard, picking up quintuple bogey. Jeff Maggert was also part of an earlier tie, only to pick up double-bogey at ...
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Nothing like a good night’s sleep, a gentle morning, and a few birdies with breakfast to soothe the petulance and pettiness, eh?
The morning after for those long-standing combatants, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, was quiet and reserved, with more decorum than they brought to their post-golf talks Saturday evening. Maybe it was a concession to Mother’s Day or perhaps they decided to focus on the golf, not the rhetoric, but after they completed three-and-a-half holes to finish their third rounds of The Players Championship, Woods and Garcia did not arm wrestle, kick-box, or spar.
They merely removed hats, shook hands, and walked from the 18th green.
No, they weren’t arm-in-arm, but Woods and Garcia are tied atop the leaderboard through 54 holes, 11 under and locked with unheralded David Lingmerth of Sweden. A trio of players – Casey Wittenberg, Henrik Stenson and Ryan Palmer – are tied for fourth at 10 under, while Jeff Maggert, who finished his third round so long ago it’s easy to overlook, is alone in seventh, at 9 under.
Truth be told, it’s a testament to the PGA Tour landscape that little attention was paid to anyone ...
A look at the final-round tee times at the 2013 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.:
8:35 a.m.: Bo Van Pelt,
8:40 a.m.: Jonas Blixt, Ben Curtis
8:49 a.m.: D.A. Points, Josh Teater
8:58 a.m.: Charlie Wi, Rory Sabbatini
9:07 a.m.: Brian Davis, Padraig Harrington
9:16 a.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Martin Kaymer
9:25 a.m.: Carl Pettersson, Justin Leonard
9:34 a.m.: Chad Campbell, Jason Bohn
9:43 a.m.: James Hahn, Seung-Yul Noh
9:52 a.m.: Ricky Barnes, K.J. Choi
10:01 a.m.: Charles Howell III, Michael Thompson
10:10 a.m.: John Huh, Graham DeLaet
10:19 a.m.: Jimmy Walker, Boo Weekley
10:28 a.m.: Jason Day, Charley Hoffman
10:38 a.m.: Sang-Moon Bae, Chris Kirk
10:48 a.m.: Luke Donald, Tim Herron
10:58 a.m.: Freddie Jacobson, Harris English
11:08 a.m.: John Senden, David Hearn
11:18 a.m.: Kevin Chappell, William McGirt
11:28 a.m.: James Driscoll, Zach Johnson
11:38 a.m.: Angel Cabrera, Bubba Watson
11:48 a.m.: Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.–It took less than two holes for controversy to stir in the Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia final twosome in The Players’ third round Saturday. And by the end of the long, weather-delayed day, you could cut the tension between the two with a 1-iron, if anybody can find a 1-iron anymore.
TPC Sawgrass doesn’t get this frosty when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. That was particularly the case when a cold war of words filled the air after play was halted with the pair on No. 15, tied for second with Henrik Stenson at 10 under par, two shots behind little-known David Lingmerth.
The problem between the two longtime adversaries began on the par-5 No. 2 when Woods, on pine straw in the left trees, pulled a 5-wood out of his bag. Spectators circled around him cheered loudly, clearly liking that he would try to get through a low opening under the trees with a go-for-broke style.
Problem was, Garcia said the cheers came in the middle of his swing, which sent his ball from the fairway to far right into trees. His punched third shot failed to reach the green and he missed an ...
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – It was a long day Saturday at the Players Championship, and for many reasons.
Not only did inclement weather halt play for nearly two hours, but several early contenders, including defending champ Matt Kuchar, played their way out of the tournament, falling victim to difficult conditions at TPC Sawgrass. Even for those who managed to stay in contention, it wasn’t easy as high winds and dark clouds rolled in as the day progressed.
And by the time darkness set in just before 8 p.m., eight players, including six of the top seven players, had still not completed their third rounds, meaning they’ll have to finish up play Sunday starting at 7:10 a.m.
Here are 5 Things you need to know from Saturday’s third round at The Players:
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DAVID LEADS GOLIATHS: When the horn sounded at 7:48 p.m., signaling a stoppage of play for the day due to darkness, David Lingmerth had a choice: mark his ball on the par-3 17th green and sleep on a 10-foot birdie putt, or make it.
He did the latter and now leads The Players Championship by two shots at 12 under.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. In a day with controversy and a weather delay, it was 25-year-old PGA Tour rookie David Lingmerth who made headlines and has taken a two-shot lead with the third round still in progress.
The Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia made waves early with a controversy on No. 2. Read here for the full story on Woods-Garcia.
In the middle of the 15th hole, Woods and Garcia decided not to finish out the hole when the horn sounded. Both players are at 10 under, along with Henrik Stenson who lead for a majority of the third round before bogeying the 11th and 15th holes.
Take a look at how the third round unfolded in Ponte Vedra Beach at TPC Sawgrass:
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Hole #15: Par 4, 449 yards
• Off the tee: Twirl of the club off the tee means the middle of the fairway for Tiger. He's using that 3-wood a lot on Saturday. And there is the horn calling play for the day. Players have the options to finish out their respective holes. But Tiger and Sergio decide to make their balls in the fairway and wait until tomorrow to finish their third rounds.
ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: David ...
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – It’s been 10 years since Jeff Maggert’s last decent finish at the Players Championship.
That was in 2003, when a 39-year-old Maggert finished T-11. He has a couple top 3s here, as well, but those also came in his 30s.
Now 49, Maggert finds himself back in contention at TPC Sawgrass after shooting 6-under 66 on Saturday. He made seven birdies and no bogeys in his first 17 holes before bogeying the par-4 18th. More impressively, he needed just 22 putts to get around the Players Stadium course after totaling 59 putts in the first two rounds.
“I felt like this golf course would kind of fall into my favor, the way I’ve been hitting the ball this year, and it was just a matter of trying to make a few putts,” Maggert said. “Kind of the gameplan for the weekend was to try to get somewhere to 10-, 11-, 12-under, but I didn’t expect to do most of that today.”
He might have joked about having the goal of just making the cut this week in Ponte Vedra Beach, but don’t let him fool you. He can still see himself ...
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – As if seeing Jeff Maggert re-appear at The Players Championship for the first time in 10 years or so wasn’t enough of a surprise, how about the suddenly shoddy play by your leaders?
Having spent the better part of two days making birdie upon birdie, the top 12 names on the leaderboard through 36 holes found the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass a much different animal in Saturday’s third round. Credit crispier greens or swirling winds, or perhaps put the blame on nerves, but the play from the leaders was hardly inspiring.
When the horn sounded at 4:09 p.m. to suspend play due to dangerous weather, only three of the top 12 leaders at the start of the day were enjoying sub-par efforts. Eight others were over par and Tiger Woods was level par through six holes. The end result was a change from a marquee leaderboard (Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods, and Lee Westwood – the last three names on the tee sheet) to more of an eclectic one (Henrik Stenson leading, Garcia and Woods one back, with Maggert, Marc Leishman, and David Lingmerth one more back).
Golf. Go figure.
The surprisingly bad ...
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – It’s all about the marquee names who decided to stick around for the weekend of the 2013 Players Championship, guys like Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan.
We’re just not used to that much firepower atop the Saturday and Sunday leaderboards here at TPC Sawgrass.
Now, sure, Kevin Chappell or David Lingmerth could catch fire and add their names to a roll call that already includes Craig Perks and Fred Funk, Stephen Ames and Tim Clark, but with humidity thickening, so, too, is the anticipation for a heavyweight battle and let’s not spoil the hype.
But before we give the weekend stage to those who are here, how about a few notes on those who aren’t. The list of casualties who didn’t survive the cut included some stunning names. Most notably, Phil Mickelson, who bogeyed two of his last three holes Friday – the par-4 seventh and par-5 ninth – to miss the cut by one, at 1-over 145. It’s the first missed cut for Mickelson at this tournament since 2000.
While Mickelson stood on the tee at his final hole, the ninth ...
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. Nothing like stuffing your wedge to 8 feet – and being the first in your group to putt because the others are tighter.
Oh, and jamming another wedge to 3 feet – only to putt first again?
Sort of tells you you’re in the big leagues, eh, Adam Scott?
“Well, they’re pretty good,” Scott said of his playing competitors for a second straight day, Rory McIlroy and Steve Stricker. “Give Steve Stricker a wedge and you know he’s going to be putting from a few feet and Rory is no slouch, either.”
Going right to the highlight reel, we bring you to the par-4 10th, a slight dogleg left. Stricker from 160 yards stuck his approach to 3 feet, McIlroy nearly holed his, and Scott from a mere 117 hit his to 8 feet. Birdie, birdie, birdie.
Two holes later, the boys all had 90-95-yard wedge shots. Stricker hit his to 2 1/2 feet, McIlroy was about the same distance, and Scott was just outside of them. Birdie times three again.
“It’s a tough act to follow,” Scott said with a smile. “I was just happy to kind of grab their coat tails ...
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. Leader Sergio Garcia and second-place Tiger Woods will surely be the glamour pairing of the third round of the Players Championship, and rightfully so.
But some other twosomes also look plenty intriguing. Among them:
• Masters champ Adam Scott goes off about an hour before the leaders, paired with former Masters champ Zach Johnson.
• Early birds will get to see Louis Oosthuizen and Angel Cabrera, featured in the last two Masters playoffs.
• Brandt Snedeker and Kevin Streelman are capable of making a moving-day impact, both having strong seasons in the top five of the FedEx Cup standings.
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Tee times and pairings for Saturday's third round of the 2013 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.:
8:25 a.m.: Brian Davis
8:30 a.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Angel Cabrera
8:40 a.m.: Jason Day, Justin Leonard
8:50 a.m.: Josh Teater, William McGirt
9:00 a.m.: James Hahn, Branden Grace
9:10 a.m.: Padraig Harrington, Michael Thompson
9:20 a.m.: Charlie Wi, Jonas Blixt
9:30 a.m.: Charley Hoffman, Seung-Yul Noh
9:40 a.m.: Bo Van Pelt, John Senden
9:50 a.m.: Kyle Stanley, Bubba ...
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- How did Friday top the Thursday that was at the Players Championship?
We saw a course record tied with Roberto Castro's 9-under 63. World No. 2 Rory McIlroy began three shots back, while World No. 1 Tiger Woods started four back. Defending U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson and veteran Steve Stricker also started four back.
The names are huge, the play was spectacular and now TPC Sawgrass will try to challenge players as they jockey to stay inside the cut line.
Woods played alongside Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker again, this time teeing off in the morning groups and shooting another 67 to stay in the mix.
But the low round of the day again yielded the leader, with Sergio Garcia shooting 65 to move to the top of the leaderboard.
Check back tomorrow as we keep you up to date on third-round developments – and scroll down to see how the second round unfolded.
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Update #28: 7:41 p.m. EDT
Brian Davis birdies the last to make the cut, while Nicholas Thompson ends with a bogey to head home as the two effectively trade ...
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. A handful of past champions find themselves in contention at the midway point of the Players Championship.
Sergio Garcia, who won the 2008 Players, shot 7-under 65 on Friday at TPC Sawgrass. At 11 under, Garcia leads 2001 champ Tiger Woods by one shot.
Henrik Stenson, who won the tournament in 2009, is 9 under after his 5-under 67. Last year’s champion, Matt Kuchar, fired a 6-under 66 to move to 7 under along with Adam Scott, the 2004 winner who fired a second-round 68.
But there are still plenty of big names within striking distance searching for their first victories at Pete Dye’s Players Stadium course, including Lee Westwood, Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson and Rory McIlroy.
Here are 5 Things you need to know from Friday’s second round:
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GOOD MEMORIES: Sergio Garcia is back on top at the Players.
The last time Garcia ended the day as the leader at TPC Sawgrass was after he defeated Paul Goydos in a playoff for the 2008 Players crown. He also finished runner-up here in 2007, so he has some good memories at the Players Stadium course.
Five years later, Garcia ...
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