Holmes, Stanley share lead at Players Championship

Solenn Plantier
Mai 19, 2017

"It was an adventurous day, for sure", Holmes said. So I ended up doing that. "I only played nine holes here". Other changes were more cosmetic.

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

The par-four 12th has been changed considerably since past year, but that alone was not enough to entice Mickelson onto the course.

Mickelson, who won The Players in 2007 when it first moved from March to May, hasn't had a top 10 since then and hasn't played he weekend since 2012.

The world number six bounced back from a bogey on the first with birdies on the fourth, sixth and ninth, while a bogey on the 10th was followed by a hat-trick of birdies from the 11th and an eagle on the par-five 16th.

"It was tough to get close to a lot of the pins and I only birdied one of the par fives".

"I went back at it again on Friday [May 5] and instead of maybe gradually building up again, I hit balls for four or five hours and did the same on Saturday", he said.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia continued his remarkable turnaround in fortunes to climb into contention for a second Players Championship title and third win of the season.

Garcia's tee shot on the treacherous par three pitched short of the flag and bounced twice before spinning back into the cup for the eighth ace on the hole in tournament history.

"The feeling was great", he said.

What thrilled the Spaniard even more was the number on his card - 1.

"You think of big moments on No.17 over the years; something dramatic happens on that hole". On a day when nothing seemed to go his way, the world's No. 1 player opened with a 71. He also revealed Thursday after opening with a 73 that he hasn't been practicing quite as hard so he can be cautious with his back.

McGirt, whose only PGA Tour victory was the Memorial last season, hasn't had many of those at the Stadium Course.

"I've been struggling with it a bit this week, sort of felt it for the first time on Sunday", said McIlroy, who was married last month in Ireland and is playing his first tournament since the Masters.

Alex Noren, a four-time victor on the European Tour last season, bogeyed the last for a 72 and the Swede will go into the final round alongside Garcia on five under, while Francesco Molinari (69) and Garcia's compatriot Rafa Cabrera Bello (73) are a further shot adrift. "We just hope it's not the same thing, the joint and the rib".

"It feels more like a muscle strain so I'm going to get an MRI scan on Monday after the tournament and I might have to rest for a week or two".

He narrowly missed the green.

"It just kind of looked like somebody didn't really care much to do it (correctly) or were rushing off the green", Spieth said. It was just a tiny bit right. One bad shot put him in one bad place - off the cart path at No. 7 and so deep in the trees that it took him two shots to get back to the fairway.

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