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McGirt and Hughes lead Players Championship as Garcia aces 17th

McGirt and Hughes lead Players Championship as Garcia aces 17th

Saturday at TPC Sawgrass, he shot a 66 to get to four-under and the fringe of contention at the Players Championship.

Canadian Hughes was flawless in his round, having played 18 holes without posting a bogey.

Garcia revealed after his round of 73, that his shot on the 17th was the fifth hole-in-one he shot during a tournament, and 12th overall.

A 2008 Players Championship victor and frequent contender in the tournament, Garcia enters Sunday's final round with new-found status to match his strong history at TPC Sawgrass.

The exception at The Players Championship is that Thursday offered a sneak preview into why the TPC Sawgrass is so entertaining to the fans, aggravating to the players and suspenseful for all until the crystal trophy is awarded.

"Just need to be a little bit more positive with myself on the course and maybe kind of lower my expectations a little bit and just kind of free myself up", Spieth said.

"If I feel good, I'm probably going to go for it".

They will be chasing a total purse of $10.5 million, of which $1.89 million goes to the victor along with 600 FedExCup points.

Holmes and Stanley lead South African Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke, with South Korean Kim Si-woo two behind.




Sergio Garcia entered this week's Players Championship as the main attraction following last month's Masters win.

Emiliano Grillo of Argentina had seven birdies in his round of 67 and was tied with Poulter at 6-under 210.

When the calendar hit 2017, he kept the momentum going, tying for third in Maui, fourth two weeks later at Torrey Pines (where he grew up picking balls on the range and caddying), and last week finished a shot behind victor Brian Harman, who needed a 28-footer for birdie on the last to secure the win.

Scott, who became the youngest victor at the Players (aged 23) in 2004, believes the notoriously hard par-3 17th is one of many obstacles that will prevent a runaway leader.

Cell phones on the golf course are no longer a no-no.

"Every morning before I play, I work on it". "It doesn't matter what you hit off the tee".

That goes for Dustin Johnson, the world No. 1, who looked as though he might have a chance to at least get in the mix until tiny mistakes led to bogeys, and a big mistake led to double bogey on the 16th hole.

Brooks Koepka had a reasonable day and could have been better than his 74, except for putting his tee shot into the water on both par 3s on the back nine.

A more pedigreed group of 14 players - especially on the Stadium Course is at 2-under, led by defending champion Jason Day, 2004 Players champion Adam Scott, 2007 champion Phil Mickelson (who did not play a practice round this week) and 2015 champion Rickie Fowler. He will play with Day on Sunday, also eight behind.


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