Players live blog, Round 3: Webb Simpson builds 7-shot lead at Players

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Players live blog, Round 3: Webb Simpson builds 7-shot lead at Players

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Players live blog, Round 3: Webb Simpson builds 7-shot lead at Players

Webb Simpson entered Saturday at TPC Sawgrass with a five-shot lead in the 2018 Players Championship. On a day primed for low scores – Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth began the day with 7-under 65s – we’ll track the highlights from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., with our live blog:

UPDATE NO. 15 (7 p.m. ET): Webb Simpson makes an 18-footer for par to cap a 4-under 68. He’s 19 under and the leader by seven shots.

UPDATE NO. 14 (6:47 p.m. ET): After failing to birdie 16, Webb Simpson hits a good one at 17. His ball catches the slope and trickles to a few feet. He makes birdie to move back to 19 under, seven shots up on Danny Lee.

UPDATE NO. 13 (6:28 p.m. ET): Danny Lee hits 16 in two and nearly drains his eagle roll. Tap-in birdie takes him to 12 under, six back of Webb Simpson.

UPDATE NO. 12 (6:18 p.m. ET): Webb Simpson almost gets a shot back at the par-4 15th, hitting it to 9 feet but missing the birdie roll just left. Ball looked like it hit a spike mark and wobbled left of the intended line.

UPDATE NO. 11 (6:05 p.m. ET): Webb Simpson misses his first putt inside of 10 feet all week as he can’t save par from 7 feet at the par-4 14th. Simpson hit the middle of the green, but ran his 40-footer for birdie well by. The bogey drops Simpson to 18 under, though he’s still seven ahead of second-place Danny Lee.

UPDATE NO. 10 (5:19 p.m. ET): Oh my! Webb Simpson holes a long greenside bunker shot for eagle at the par-5 11th. He’s now 19 under and eight clear of the field.

UPDATE NO. 9 (5:15 p.m. ET): Harold Varner III has birdied three straight, Nos. 15-17, and is now 9 under.

UPDATE NO. 8 (5:11 p.m. ET): Dustin Johnson birdies the par-4 15th and he’s now 9 under, eight back of Webb Simpson.

UPDATE NO. 7 (5:05 p.m. ET): The eagle has landed for Xander Schauffele at 12. He’s now 9 under.

UPDATE NO. 6 (4:57 p.m. ET): After a couple of lip-outs, Jason Day gets his 16-footer for birdie at the par-5 11th to drop. He’s now tied for second at 10 under.

UPDATE NO. 5 (4:47 p.m. ET): Don’t count out the World No. 1. This birdie at 13 gets him to 8 under:

UPDATE NO. 4 (4:45 p.m. ET): After Ian Poulter gets a tough lie in a greenside bunker at 18 and makes double, Danny Lee is all alone at 10 under again. However, he is now seven shots behind leader Webb Simpson, who just birdied the par-5 ninth to get back to 17 under.

UPDATE NO. 3 (4:28 p.m. ET): Fore left! Webb Simpson hits his tee shot at the par-3 eighth left and into the gallery. He pitches to 10 feet, but then lips out the par save. The bogey drops him to 16 under, six clear of Ian Poulter, and Danny Lee.

UPDATE NO. 2 (4:15 p.m. ET): Webb Simpson has grown his five-shot lead to seven shots after birdies at Nos. 1 and 4. Through seven holes now, Simpson has shown no signs of slowing down. He just missed a birdie putt at No. 7, and remains seven ahead of Danny Lee and Charl Schwartzel.

UPDATE NO. 1 (12:20 p.m. ET): Jordan Spieth finishes birdie-birdie-birdie for a 7-under 65. That moves him to 8 under overall and in a tie for eighth with Tiger Woods.

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