10 things to know about round three of the Players Championship
Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth duked it out on Saturday and it looks like one of them could emerge as the winner.
It was the third straight great day at the Players Championship as Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth did their best to hold off the field.
Spieth shot a bogey-free 71 (his third straight bogey free round at this tournament) and Kaymer shot a tough 72 in conditions that made Johnny Miller reference the US Open on Saturday.
The Kid (Spieth) joins Greg Norman as the only other golfer to ever go 54 straight holes at the Players Championship without a bogey. He made a terrifis save on No. 18 with a clutch putt from the fringe after hitting a wayward tee shot.
It was...I mean...he's 20 (need I remind you?) and he's doing things at one of the top golf tournaments in the world that we've only seen one time ever.
And Kaymer wasn't far behind. If not for a bogey at the last he also would have shot a 71 and maintained his one-stroke lead. Still, he's in the final group on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass. Not much more you can ask for than that.
Let's get to what you need to know about the third round.
1. Spieth is immense: Here's Jordan Spieth's back nine in GIF form:
Spieth started spraying his drives all over the place over the last nine holes but he hung on tight and came in in 35.
His 71 actually should have been a lot better as he had tap-in putts on at least four holes plus that jarring chip you see at the top. If that putter had been cranking we could be talking about a two or three stroke lead.
2. Kaymer is all in: The NBC telecast referenced it but it's pretty clear that Kaymer is not playing to not lose. He went for par-5s, hit wild flop shots, and was agressive on the greens. It's paid off the first three days, we'll see if it does for a fourth.
3. Spieth's no-bogey streak: Let's talk some more about it. Obviously you know he's chasing Norman's 66-hole streak at this tournament but even further he played the last 15 holes of the RBC Heritage without a bogey, too. That's 69 in a row if you're scoring at home.
Also, this crushed me:
This week in Longhorns athletics: Jordan Spieth has as many bogeys this week (0) as Texas has had players drafted so far.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) May 10, 2014
4. Sergio Garcia will figure prominently on Sunday: Sergio basically threw up on the 17th green on Saturday as he yanked a short putt for par but my lips curled upward as he finished his day at 9 under and just three shots back of the lead. Sergio involved in any ending to a big tournament is always grand theater.
5. Rory's front nine troubles: This week Rory McIlroy is 9 over on the front nine and 12 under on the back nine. That's quite an oddity.
6. Fewest balls in water: There was a record set on Saturday at Sawgrass as Angel Cabrera was the only golfer to hit a ball in the water on No. 17. The previous low for a single round was three.
7. Justin Rose's day was pretty crazy: First Rose chipped with a putter and putted with a wedge and then he was docked two strokes for a ball that moved on hole No. 18. That bumped him from 7 under and a shot to 5 under and no shot on Sunday.
8. This viewpoint the PGA Tour tweeted out on Saturday is just tremendous:
9. Jeff Overton, struggling: This card! I mean look at that back nine -- that looks like something I would post.
10. Na's beauty at No. 17 almost fell: I've been trying to collect the best tee shots at No. 17 in every round, this one is certainly up there. That pin placement looks like about as much fun as a grind session with Vijay Singh.
11. (Bonus) This couple wore SpongeBob SquarePants at the Players: I have nothing more to add:
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