Today at the Players: Holmes, Stanley share Sawgrass lead

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It was moving day on Saturday, NCG runs down everything you need to know from round three at TPC Sawgrass...

Who doesn’t like the Players Championship? That course! That island green! It should be the fifth major! Well, no, it shouldn’t – but it’s still a great tournament and one we all look forward to here at NCG Towers.

Joe Urquhart, James Savage and Steve Carroll round-up the best of day three at TPC Sawgrass…

So what happened?

It was moving day at TPC Sawgrass on Saturday but the leading pack struggled to separate themselves.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia earlier made his charge carding a 67 to leave himself just four off the lead.

Later in the afternoon the winds picked up at Ponte Vedra beach as overnight co-leaders Kyle Stanley and Louis Oosthuizen battled hard to stay in contention.

After a tough start Stanley recovered to grab a share of the clubhouse lead at 9-under with the South African just one back (73).

Kyle Stanley

Elsewhere Vijay Singh, who was a surprise contender, saw his chances fall away with a 79 which included two balls finding the water on the iconic 17th island hole.

His playing partner, J.B. Holmes (70), somehow kept his cool to find himself in the final group on Sunday following a number of fantastic recovery shots as his tee box struggles continued.

Si Woo Kim fired his way into contention with a 68 to leave himself 7-under for the tournament, while early finisher Emiliano Grillo and bogey-free Ian Poulter remain in the hunt at 6-under.

Alex Noren and Patrick Cantlay sit 5-under and will need to produce something special on Sunday to stand a chance.

A good day for…

Maybe not the best, but after Patrick Cantlay’s struggles off the course it was great for golf fans to see him back to his best.

The young American sits at 5-under just four shots off the lead with a real chance at a fairy tale ending to a troubled few years.

A bad day for…

Spaniard Jon Rahm headed into the day as the bookies favourite at Sawgrass but after an opening nine of 42 the 22-year-old saw his hopes disappear.

Rahm ended the day 6-over for the tournament carding an 82.

Ouch.

Shot of the day

Need we same more… wow!

Stat of the day

Look away now, Jon.

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All the Gear

Vijay Singh rolled back the years with a couple of solid opening rounds. He also brought back the same baggy beige chinos from his 1998 PGA Championship win.
Vijay Singh
Come on Vijay, why not go for something a bit more modern like Justin Thomas? Purple is cool.
Justin Thomas
Take leaf out of David Lingmerth’s book for goodness sake and get some red slacks on the go.
David Lingmerth
You need to move with the times Mr Singh and get the Cody Cribble look.
Cody Gribble
Rory McIlroy packed his A-game pants. Blue is the new black didn’t you know?
Rory McIlroy
Are you even a golfer if you don’t own a pair of pink strides? Yuta Ikea knows the score.
Yuta Ikea
You know what, stick to the beige chinos Vijay – we love you just the way you are.

Betting tips

Standing on the 17th tee on Thursday, Sergio Garcia was three-over-par. Since then, he’s negotiated Sawgrass in eight under.

The Spaniard is only four off the lead so is the 17/2 on the Masters champion a touch on the generous side?

We can still get each way terms for the first four finishers and this feels like bet to nothing for me following his third round exploits.

Elsewhere, with the claims of the leading lights obvious, Ian Poulter catches the eye each way at 20/1.

Ian Poulter - Players

Fortunate to still have his tour card, he has the chance to really make the most of his luck tomorrow with a strong finish.

Not much dropped for him on moving day but his overall game was extremely solid and another day with no bogeys could bag him a top four berth.

You can also get 14/1 on Si Woo Kim and lots of that will be down to a campaign that’s brought seven missed cuts and four withdrawals.

But the 21-year-old is well in the hunt and has won the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour.

He’ll not be without hope if the leaders struggle on Sunday.

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