The Players Championship 2012: Kevin Na Extends Lead, Rickie Fowler Charging

The final pairing is on the course at TPC Sawgrass, and leader Kevin Na has extended the margin to two shots through the first three holes. Na is 13-under after getting a birdie on the par-5 second, while Matt Kuchar is off to a disappointing start. Kuchar bogeyed the first and then, unlike Na, he failed to capitalize on a good birdie opportunity at the second, opening his round with two 5s. He saved par at No. 3 with a lengthy putt that used all of the cup before dropping in for the three.

Rickie Fowler, who's looking to go back-to-back after getting his first career win last week in Charlotte, birdied two of the first four holes to take sole possession of second place at 11-under. He drained a lengthy putt with severe break on No. 4, rattling the back of the cup to provoke a loud roar. One-time leader Zach Johnson has had a roller-coaster start, going eagle-bogey-birdie on holes two through four. He's at 9-under and four shots back of Na.

Tiger Woods, meanwhile, wrapped up an ugly final round with a 73. He went out with an astonishing 40 on the front side, putting one in the drink on No. 4 for a double bogey. He cleaned it up a bit on the back side with three birdies, but finished the weekend a pedestrian 1-under.

Phil Mickelson started hot with two birdies in his first four holes, but gave it back on Nos. 7 and 9 to make the turn nine shots back of Na.

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