A blast from the past: Vijay Singh in the hunt

Ruben Hill
May 15, 2017

South Korea's Kim Si-Woo was fourth on 209 after a 68 with Grillo and Britain's Ian Poulter on 210 and Garcia sharing seventh on 211 with American Patrick Cantlay and Swede Alex Noren.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. Then Holmes shot an 84 in the final round, the highest score in tournament history by a player entering Sunday with the lead. His round took off with a 39-foot birdie putt on the par-5 11th hole followed by a 28-foot birdie from off the green on the par-4 12th.

Poulter, who only two weeks ago was spared his full PGA Tour status because of a clerical oversight, was the only player to seriously challenge Kim until he ran out of holes. "I'm rolling the ball really, really good", he said.

Day, who won wire-to-wire here previous year, was 1 under and in contention when he teed off Sunday afternoon, yet any threat he posed to break the dubious streak was gone by the time he reached the 16th hole at 1 over - and that was before the Australian carded a quadruple-bogey-9 on the hole, as well as a double bogey at 17, to finish the tournament in a tie for 60th at 7 over.

"I've been putting really well".

J.B. Holmes and Kyle Stanley both are one round away from ending long PGA Tour win droughts. "The birdie on (hole) eight kind of settled me down a little bit and then just tried to keep things pretty simple after that, back to my game plan of fairways and greens".

Spain's Garcia, the 2008 Players victor, and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo each fired five-under par 67s at the TPC Sawgrass course to leap up the leaderboard even as Holmes and Stanley clung to the lead of the US PGA Tour event at nine-under 207.

"As good as he played yesterday, he's obviously gone out there today and played even better", Poulter said. His opening shot from No. 10 on Friday hit a tree and dropped down 142 yards from the tee.

It took him 10 shots to get through the 18th hole.

As was the case with Holmes, sensible golf was the order of the day for Stanley as he contended with the blustery conditions; after three bogeys in his first four holes, he recovered well with a solid performance on the back nine. Rickie Fowler, who won the year before, closed with a 79.

WILD ROUND: Justin Thomas went just over the back of the green on the par-3 13th, rolled it up to about 3 feet and knocked it in for par.

"With all that, being one off the lead, I'm very happy going into tomorrow".

"Even keel, very easy day", Thomas said.

Kim said he wasn't nervous because of his victory last year in the Wyndham Championship, which gave him a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour. This victory comes with perks beyond the $1.89 million first prize.

Poulter, whose last victory was at the 2012 World Golf Championships event in China, looked to lose his U.S. tour playing rights before a recalculation of points earned on a medical exemption showed the 41-year-old Englishman had done enough to keep his card.

Adam Scott believes his past champion swagger will be an ace up his sleeve during the final round of the Players Championship in Florida. "To come here this week and play well means an bad lot". He earned a card at age 17, but he could not become a PGA Tour member until he turned 18 the following June.

Now he's here to stay for at least the next five years, and based on his game, probably much longer.

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