How it happened: Lingmerth takes two-shot lead

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— 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 Lingmerth – have no fear. Lingmerth puts it to 8 feet on the 17th hole and makes it. He'll take a two-shot lead into Sunday at The Players. Casey Wittenberg also birdies on No. 17 to get to 9 under for the tournament. Henrik Stenson saves par at the 16th to remain at 10 under.

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Hole #14: Par 4, 467 yards

• Off the tee: With a driver in hand, Tiger puts it in the moguls down the right hand side of the hole in the rough. (Lindsay Vonn pun not intended)

• Approach shot: The approach shot runs onto the green, but is still about 50 feet away.

• On the green: His birdie attempt comes up short of the hole. He taps in for his 11th consecutive par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (10 under for tournament)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Hunter Mahan gets it back to 9 under after an eagle on the 16th. The course gives back to Mahan after a double on the 15th. Henrik Stenson can't convert on a par save at the 15th. David Lingmerth gets to 11 under and takes sole possession of the lead after Stenson and Sergio Garcia bogeyed.

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Hole #13: Par 3, 181 yards

• Off the tee: Tiger on the tee with 7 iron in hand. With the wind howling and hurting the players, Tiger asks for it to get down. He misses the green left after playing a slight draw. It hit soft and landed on the down slope.

• On the green: A nice chip shot from Tiger allows him to make his 3 footer for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (10 under for tournament)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Sergio Garcia nearly putts it in with his tee shot on the par-3 13th. Garcia makes his birdie from 5 feet. He is now tied for the lead, again, with Henrik Stenson at 11 under. Adam Scott birdies the 16th, but gives it back to course when his tee shot on 17 got wet.

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Hole #12: Par 4, 358 yards

The wind really starting to pick up at TPC Sawgrass.

• Off the tee: Tiger found the fairway on the 12th and down far enough to get a view of the flagstick.

• Approach shot: Just a short sand wedge to the green, Tiger puts it low, left of the pin. He'll have a good look at birdie.

• On the green: From 20 feet, its his second hole in a row where the ball just misses. This time just to the left edge of the cup. Just a tap in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (10 under for tournament)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: David Lingmerth is making lengthy par putts to stay in this championship. Sergio Garcia scrambles to make a nice par save at the 12th. Hunter Mahan lost his tee shot in a tree. He identified it from binoculars and a TV camera. Mahan still had to take a drop and makes a double bogey at the 15th. He is at 7 under.

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Hole #11: Par 5, 535 yards

• Off the tee: The distractions before his tee shot don't help Tiger. He pulls his tee shot short of the bunkers in the right rough. He didn't like that at all.

• Approach shot: Since he is in the rough, Tiger decides to lay up with a wedge in the fairway. With 70-yards to the flag, he yells for it to go right away, and it listens. Tiger got a nice first bounce on the green and it runs out to 10 feet.

• On the green: Looked good for most of the way, but it stays right of the hole. Another two-putt par for Tiger.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (10 under for tournament)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Henrik Stenson just misses on a birdie attempt at the 12th. He stays at 11 under, tied for the lead. Then goes to 12 and puts it to 8 feet, but can't convert on the birdie putt. David Lingmerth has a nice up and down from the bunker on the par-3 13th from 10 feet. Lingmerth, a PGA Tour rookie, remains at 10 under. Sergio Garcia chunks a chip shot near the green into a pot bunker. He takes it out but doesn't check up. Luckily for him, it landed on a sprinkler head and it didn't roll down the hill behind the green. He can't chip in and he makes bogey, dropping him out of the lead.

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Hole #10: Par 4, 424 yards

• Off the tee: Tiger plays his tee shot perfectly, twirling his club at the top of his finish. He's in the middle of the fairway.

• Approach shot: From 136-yards with a wedge in hand, Tiger throws it over the flag stick. He has it to 10 feet.

• On the green: For a share of the lead, Tiger misses his birdie attempt as it comes up just short. One more roll and it would been in. A no go though.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (10 under for tournament)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Henrik Stenson made his first bogey in 20 holes, and it came at the par-5 11th. He dropped a shot to 11 under, and is now tied with Sergio Garcia. Swede David Lingmerth birdied the par-5 11th to get to 10 under. Garcia had an interesting par-4 10th. He pulled his driver way right, hooked his second shot in the greenside bunker, splashed it out to 5 feet and made par. He is still co-leading with Stenson.

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Hole #9: Par 5, 583 yards

• Off the tee: Tiger watches it a bit before walking off the tee box. He wanted to play a cut, but didn't. It landed in the left rough.

• Approach shot: Tiger decided not to go for the green, and lay up to the fairway. He had only a sand wedge in and put it to 20 feet right of the hole.

• On the green: With an up hill putt, Tiger took the putter back with a little more power and it went 4 feet past the hole. He saved par though for a 35 on the front nine.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (10 under for tournament)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Sergio Garcia playing a fairway and greens game on No. 9 to make his first birdie of the day from 21 feet. Garcia gets back to even on the day, and one-shot back of Henrik Stenson.

• • •

Hole #8: Par 3, 219 yards

• Off the tee: Tiger likes his tee shot shot pretty quickly. It lands on the front part of the green and chases up left of the hole location.

• On the green: A good look at birdie, but he leaves his attempt short. Tiger taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (10 under on the day)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Another birdie for Henrik Stenson gives him a two-shot lead. Garcia two-putts from 40 feet to keep pace with Tiger at 10 under.

• • •

Hole #7: Par 4, 442 yards

Just as Tiger was about to hit his approach shot, play was suspended at The Players Championship. 4:09 p.m. the horn sounded. There is weather moving into the area.

After a lengthy delay, play has resumed at 5:57 p.m.

• Off the tee: A 5-wood off the tee, and it is right in the middle of the fairway for Tiger. He put just a little bit of a cut on it.

• Approach shot: And we're back! ... Where were we? That's right. Tiger is in the fairway. 166-yards to the hole, it's just right of the flag.

• On the green: Tiger just misses his birdie attempt. He makes par after the weather delay.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (10 under for tournament)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: A solid par save for leader Henrik Stenson at the 8th. Rory McIlroy drops back to 5 under after a bogey at the 12th.

• • •

Hole #6: Par 4, 393 yards

A weather warning has been posted at TPC Sawgrass. Weather moving into the area.

• Off the tee: Straight down the middle off the tee with his wood.

• Approach shot: A cut from 145 yards, doesn't find the green. It cut, but it comes up short, which leaves an awkward chip shot from below the green.

• On the green: Chunky chip shot by Tiger comes up short of the hole. Straight up hill with his putt drops in the center of the cup to save par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (10 under for tournament)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: That parr putt leader Henrik Stenson had, dropped for him. A nice up and down from 20 yards to maintain his one-shot lead. Not a good tee shot on No. 8 though, as he put it right of the green in the high rough. Back up the hill, he puts it to 6 feet.

• • •

Hole #5: Par 4, 466 yards

• Off the tee: Tiger and Sergio's tee ball on the same path. Tiger's ball just hits the right fairway and will have a good look at the green.

• Approach shot: From 175-yards in the fairway, Tiger's approach shot is right of the hole.

• On the green: Tiger's putt from across the green comes up 3 feet short. He taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (10 under for tournament)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Henrik Stenson drops in a birdie putt at the 6th from 20 feet and takes the lead at The Players Championship (11 under). Just one later, he pulls his tee shot into the bunker. His approach shot comes up way short, but he chips it to 4 feet. Jeff Maggert bogeys 18 for a 6-under 66 on the day. He's in the clubhouse at 9 under.

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Hole #4: Par 4, 384 yards

• Off the tee: Tiger over cuts it off the tee. It doesn't find the bunker on the right, but on one of the hills near the bunker.

• Approach shot: Tiger gets relief from a drain that's over in the right rough. He ends up with a good lie. As soon as he hit it, Tiger was saying 'bite.' And he needed it to. It goes over the green and buries in the rough.

• On the green: Tiger turned a tough chip shot into an easy one. It looked on line for a while, but it rolls just to the right of the cup. His 6 footer is in the center of the cup.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (10 under for tournament)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Lee Westwood doubles the fourth after trying to get fancy with a chip shot from the behind the green. That's his second double in four holes. Add another name to the list of players at the top of the leaderboard. . . Jeff Maggert. He birdies the 16th from 12 feet. Henrik Stenson misses a short birdie opportunity to take the solo lead. He remains at 10 under. Sergio Garcia can't convert on his birdie putt on 4. He remains tied for the lead.

• • •

Hole #3: Par 3, 171 yards

• Off the tee: Over the flagstick is goes for Tiger, as the hole location is at the very front of the green.

• On the green: From 40-feet, the downhill putt peels off to the right of the hole. His 4 footer lips hard and stays out of the cup. That's his first three-putt all week. It's not a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard (Woods, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson).

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (10 under for tournament)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Stenson tapped in a 3 footer for birdie to go to 10 under for the tournament. Garcia's putt at the third didn't turn as much as he thought it would and it just misses.

• • •

Hole #2: Par 5, 532 yards

• Off the tee: Another shaky tee shot for Tiger. It hooks pretty quick off the second tee. He has to hit from the trees.

• Approach shot: With 260 to the hole and from the trees, Tiger has to hook it pretty good to get it back in play. He misses it to the right and short of the green, right of the hole. His long bunker shot runs out to 12 feet.

• On the green: A scramble birdie ties Tiger with Sergio Garcia. He's 9 under on the par-5s this week at TPC Sawgrass

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (11 under for tournament)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Lee Westwood tweaked his right hand, more specifically his index finger knuckle. After an opening double, he bounced back with a birdie on No. 2. David Lingmerth birdies to get back to 8 under for the tournament after a birdie at No. 4. Rory McIlroy lips out for birdie at the 8th from 7 feet. Garcia lips out to save par and drops to 10 under.

• • •

Hole #1: Par 4, 421 yards

Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods in the last group of the day. Here we go!

• Off the tee: Cutting it off the tee with a wood, Tiger puts in the bunker, right of the fairway. The ball barely cleared the water.

• Approach shot: The lip no trouble for Tiger from the bunker. From 156-yards, Tiger doesn't like it, but he puts it on the green, although on the opposite side of the hole location.

• On the green: Tiger two-putts from long range. It was good speed on the first putt for an easy tap in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (10 under for tournament)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Garcia is going to two-putt for par, too, after placing his tee shot in the middle of the fairway. Jeff Maggert has cooled down since starting the day with six birdies through 10 holes. He now has four consecutive pars. Hunter Mahan is now at 9 under after a birdie at the 4th.

• • •

Update #12: 2:39 p.m. EDT

Strange stance for Lee Westwood at No. 1 against a tree. He took the club back the first time and hit the tree on his downswing. With that, he missed the ball. When he back away from the ball, it looked like he was shaking his wrist; something to keep an eye for the rest of the day. Instead of going for the green with that shot, he decided to lay up. He is now laying four from the fairway.

• • •

Update #11: 2:31 p.m. EDT

Marc Leishman, along with Webb Simpson, has birdied three of his first four holes. He's at 9 under for the tournament.

Simpson now has a bogey on his card at the par-4 5th. now at 8 under for the tournament.

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Update #10: 2:17 p.m. EDT

Walking that one in on No. 4 from 10 feet, Webb Simpson has birdied three of his first four holes (Nos. 1, 2 and 4). Simpson is now two back of the leader, Sergio Garcia.

• • •

Update #9: 2:11 p.m. EDT

David Lynn, runner-up last week at the Wells Fargo Championship, makes a birdie on No. 7 from the back fringe to go to 8 under for the tournament. On the round today, Lynn is 4 under through seven holes.

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Hole locations for the third round of the Players Championship Saturday at TPC Sawgrass.

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Update #8: 2:07 p.m. EDT

Chris Stroud aced the par-3 13th, holing his tee shot from 186 yards. He's 3 under through 13 holes today and 5 under for the tournament. That's the 11th hole-in-one at No. 13 in tournament history and first since Robert Garrigus in 2008.

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Update #7: 1:58 p.m. EDT

Count it. . . Another birdie for Jeff Maggert at the par-4 10th. That's his sixth birdie of the day. He's now in four-way tie for third place at 9 under. Maggert has three PGA Tour wins and 15 runner-up finishes in his 17 year career.

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Update #6: 1:37 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy is on the course. He's 1 under through one, looking to make a move up the leaderboard today. His playing partner, Martin Laird, is going the opposite way. Laird is 1 over through one.

In just about an hour, leader Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods tee off at TPC Sawgrass for the third round of The Players Championship.

• • •

Update #5: 1:19 p.m. EDT

Three birdies in row puts Jeff Maggert at 8 under for the tournament, three shots back of leader Sergio Garcia. Maggert birdied Nos. 6-8. He is 5 under through eight holes on the day.

Davis Love III is also moving up the leaderboard quietly. Love is 4 under at the turn, 6 under overall.

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Update #4: 1:00 p.m. EDT

Swede Peter Hanson is off to a fast start with birdies on Nos. 1 and 2. He is at 6 under for the tournament and is T-13. Jeff Maggert, also at 6 under, is 3 under through six holes. Maggert birdied Nos. 2, 3 and 6.

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Update #3: 12:36 p.m. EDT

With the winds up at TPC Sawgrass, some players are heading the wrong way on the leaderboard. Bo Van Pelt is a good example. Van Pelt is 7 over through 13 holes. His double on No. 5 and triple on the par-5 11th doesn't help much. He shot 69-74 to make the weekend, but is now two strokes worse than everyone else in the field.

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Update #2: 12:16 p.m. EDT

The Masters runner-up Angel Cabrera finished with a 3-under 69 on Moving Day. He finished his round birdie-eagle-birdie-par. Cabrera added another birdie and two bogeys on his scorecard during the third round. He is T-36 after Round 3 with first- and second-rounds of 74-70.

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Update #1: 11:56 a.m. EDT

Early movers: Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen. Grace is 5 under through 13 holes. He has birdied Nos. 1-3, 7, 9 and 11. He added a bogey at the 13th. Grace is at 5 under for the tournament and T-20. Oosthuizen finished his day with a 5-under 67. He put together a streak of six consecutive holes with a birdie, Nos. 9-14, tying the record at TPC Sawgrass. He is at 5 under for the tournament.

• • •

Friday coverage

Players Championship: Tee times, third round, TPC Sawgrass

Check out the tee times and pairings, including some of the most interesting groups of the day, for the third round of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

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Rude: Finally, Players leaderboard features biggest names

In most years, the top of the Players leaderboard features little-known names, with Sawgrass eating the game's best alive. Not so in 2013, with the likes of Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia leading the way.

5 Things: Sergio Garcia leads Players; Tiger Woods improves

The last time Sergio Garcia ended the day as the leader at TPC Sawgrass was after he won a playoff in 2008; second-place Tiger Woods’ 36-hole total is his career best by six shots; more.

McIlroy-Scott-Stricker trio takes Players spotlight again

Wedge games certainly aren't a problem for Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Steve Stricker during the second round. From there, each has different tweaks to their game plan.

Chappell fights ailment for 6-under 66 at Players

While congested, Kevin Chappell powered through on Friday to the tune of a 6-under 66 and is at 9 under heading into the weekend.

• • •

Thursday coverage

TPC Sawgrass' island-green 17th endures as tough test at Players

Certainly at TPC Sawgrass, the smallest is not necessarily the meekest. The 17th is not the most difficult hole on the golf course, but it’s the main attraction, with its large but intimidating island green.

Rude: Tiger Woods moves into unusually good standing at Players

Tiger Woods put himself in a position to contend for only the third time in his 15 starts at the PGA Tour's Players Championship, one of the few tournaments that has confounded him.

5 Things: Zach Johnson lurks, Scott Stallings wavers at Players

Scott Stallings starts his day with five birdies but walks away with just a 71, while Zach Johnson adds to his share of success at TPC Sawgrass with a 66 in his third straight trip to the Players, plus more.

Mahan finds his path, fires a 5-under 67 at Players

After struggling since a runner-up finish at Match Play, Hunter Mahan seemed to find his old magic in a 5-under 67 on Thursday at the Players Championship.

Scott, McIlroy, Stricker as good as advertised at Players

Masters champion Adam Scott shot a 3-under 69 to open the Players Championship while playing partner Rory McIlroy is among the leaders with a 6-under 66.

Castro takes cue from Kuchar, ties course record at Sawgrass

Roberto Castro entered Thursday having played the Players Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass just twice before, once in a pro-am and the other in a practice round Wednesday with Matt Kuchar and Geoff Ogilvy. He left with a 9-under 63.

How it Happened: Roberto Castro's 63 leads Players Championship

Roberto Castro tied the course record with a 9-under 63, while Rory McIlroy (66) and Tiger Woods (67) are within striking distance at the Players Championship. See how it all happened!

• • •

Pre-tournament coverage

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Donald, Mickelson, Westwood top predictions for Players Championship

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Vijay Singh on Wednesday filed suit against the PGA Tour, alleging "violating its duty of care and good faith" in the recent controversy surrounding his use of deer-antler spray, according to a news release from Singh.

Davis Love III's long-awaited return comes at The Players

Davis Love III will be making his 28th Players start at TPC Sawgrass, a stat he says speaks to two things: “One, that means you’re old,” said the 49-year-old Love with a grin. “And two, it means you’ve stayed pretty competitive.”

Babineau: Hall of Fame showcases potent power of a dream

The thread of a Hall of Fame evening, as it usually is, is how the inductees took small sparks of opportunity and chance and somehow wove such a great game into the fabric of their lives.

Brandt Snedeker speaks out against rules call-ins from TV viewers

The topic of whether television viewers should be allowed to call in rules violations reared its head again Tuesday when Brandt Snedeker emphatically expressed his opinion.

Notes: Wells Fargo event deserved better than WDs

At some point, aren’t we justified to ask our athletes to do the right thing? Much has been made of the handful of PGA Tour members who didn’t do any of that last week, choosing instead to sulk about shoddy greens at Quail Hollow Club and withdraw.

Despite addition of green jacket, Adam Scott sticks to the plan

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Graeme McDowell's recent success a product of accepting his own game

Graeme McDowell went nearly two years in between wins on the PGA Tour, making it back to the winner's circle behind accepting the way he needs to play the game and learning how to deal with his fame.

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