Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth both have a share of the lead after the third round of The Players Championship.
Kaymer has led the competition since day one, after he shot a record equalling score of 63 around the Sawgrass course. And, up until the final hole yesterday, he remained clear at the top of the leaderboard.
However, a poor tee shot at the 18th left himself with too much to do to save par and he could only make bogey to allow Spieth to catch him in pole position.
Kaymer’s play on the first day may have put him in a commanding position to win the tournament, but since his play has been steady rather than spectacular.
A three-under round yesterday was backed up with a score of level par today and although it has kept him at the top of the leaderboard it is likely he will have to shoot lower than that on the final day if he is to take the title.
During his round today he made two bogeys and two birdies, whilst his playing partner, Spieth cut into his lead.
Spieth, who is still only 20-years-old, announced himself to the golfing world after a fine display at the Masters last month and his superb form has clearly continued here.
The fact that he didn’t drop a shot during his round also suggests that the nerves that were evident on his final day at Augusta aren’t here.
His one birdie came at the 11th, where he made a four on the testing par five, and it was enough to push himself into a tie for the lead.
Spieth now goes into the final day as the bookies' favourite and even Kaymer suggested that ‘all the attention’ should be on his talented American rival.
If he is to win, he will have to card a score of at least the equivalent of his 71 today, on the final day, you would expect.
There are a clutch of challengers waiting to pounce on any errors the leading pair could potentially make.
These include the likes of Sergio Garcia, who is just three shots back and in level third with John Senden, and the in-form Matt Jones who won his first ever PGA title in Houston last month.
One man who is unlikely to be challenging, though, is Rory McIlory. His struggles on the front-nine continued today and, although he battled back again on the final nine-holes, it was not enough to put him into contention – and he goes into the final day nine shots back.
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