The third round is now complete after an early Sunday morning conclusion at The Players Championship, and it's Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, and David Lingmerth sharing the lead at 11-under. Unfortunately, Tiger and Sergio, who exchanged barbs on Saturday to take their relationship from chilly to hostile, will not be paired together. Garcia will be out in the afternoon in the final group with Lingmerth, with Tiger one group ahead.
Lingmerth started the morning with a two-shot lead over Woods and Garcia, but he promptly gave back a shot at the dicey 18th hole. Lingmerth started with a tee shot on the 18th, one of the most difficult and intimidating tee shots on the PGA Tour. He sent his ball way right into the trees, and made bogey to drop to 11-under.
As Lingmerth was making bogey, Tiger was opening his day on No. 15. Woods and Garcia opted not to finish out the hole on Saturday night, so Woods started the morning with a wedge in his had for the approach shot. Tiger stuck the short wedge just below the hole, but missed the birdie putt to stay at 10-under. On the next hole, however, Tiger would get his birdie to get into the share of the lead. Woods has owned the par-5s at TPC Sawgrass this week, and he played No. 16 perfectly for yet another red number. He's 10-under through 12 par-5s this week, and it was a solid way to finish the round after some disappointing pars on two par-5s yesterday.
Tiger had another good birdie look at the iconic 17th hole, but his putt burned the right edge and he settled for a par. He'd also two-putt for par on the difficult 18th to come in with a round of 71, one shot better than his playing partner. Garcia did get back in it with birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 to pull back into a share of the lead. His tee shot hit the flagstick at the island hole, but fortunately, it died and settled short of the cup instead of ricocheting back into the water. Gacia took advantage and put his ball in the center of the hole for the birdie, capping an even-par round of 72.
Here's the top of the leaderboard at the end of the third round: