The final day at the 2013 Players Championship looks set to be one of the more memorably finishes in recent years, as a tumultuous week of action draws to a close.
Having dealt with rain delays and then incomplete rounds due to darkness, the event at TPC Sawgrass—one of the more prestigious non-Major tour events of the year—should finally be completed on Sunday when players take the field to finish off their rounds. And with Tiger Woods lurking, there shouldn't be a shortage of action.
Woods is one of 10 players not to finish the third round and will be forced to complete it tomorrow on top of his regular fourth round. He's currently two shots off the leader David Lingmerth (who is four-under through his third round so far) and will represent the greatest threat to the Swedish international over the final day's action at the 2013 Players Championship.
Read on for a full breakdown of the pairings and coverage information for Day 4 of the event, as well as some of the key pairings and players to watch out for.
Round 3 Leaderboard
|T2||Tiger Woods ||67-67||E||14||-10|
|T2||Sergio Garcia ||68-65||+1||14||-10|
|T2||Henrik Stenson ||68-67 ||-1||16||-10|
|T5||Ryan Palmer ||67-69||-1||F||-9|
|T5||Jeff Maggert ||70-71 ||-6||F||-9|
Tee Times: Begins at 7:10 a.m. ET for players completing third round. All other fourth-round action will commence at 8:35 a.m. ET (per PGA Tour.com)
Course Location: TPC Sawgrass; Players Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Course Information: Par 72 (7,215 yards)
Round 4 Television Information
|1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. ET||Live Coverage||NBC|
Round 4: Tee Times and Pairings
NOTE: Tee times have not been released yet due to the fact that several golfers still have to complete their third round. Play will resume for the fourth round at 8:35 a.m. ET, so pairings and listings will be available via PGATour.com prior to that time.
Round 4: Golfers to Watch
Tiger Woods, United States—T2, currently -10
Woods will be the sentimental favorite heading into the final round this year, and with a couple of holes still to play in his third round, could well be up with Lingmerth by the time the fourth round gets going.
The current World No. 1 isn't that well-suited to the Players Championship course, so his strong performances in the event, so far, show just how well he's playing this year. And should he continue that on the final day, he'll likely be a huge threat to watch for over the back nine.
Woods is strong mentally, and that should bode well for him over the final round—particularly if those around him are not playing that well on the day.
Look for him to emerge as a huge Championship threat on Sunday.
Hunter Mahan, United States—T8, currently -8
Hunter Mahan might find himself down in a tie for eighth heading into the final round, but don't be surprised to see the American make a move up the leaderboard on Sunday. This is especially true if some of the players around him who haven't finished their third round don't finish off all that well and drop a couple of shots heading into the fourth and final round.
Given that Mahan got his ball stuck in a tree in the third round and saw two shots drop off his score as a result (he double-bogeyed the hole), eight-under really isn't indicative of how well the American is playing. He is thriving under the difficult circumstances at TPC Sawgrass, and whilst he might not have felt the best about his third round, the reality was that it has him in contention come Sunday.
Mahan is a shot-maker, and on a make-it-or-break-it course like this one, he could very well see find himself making significant strides on the final round.
From there, who knows what could happen.
David Lingmerth, Sweden—first, currently -12
Perhaps the most intriguing player to watch heading into the final round is that of the leader, David Lingmerth, who is playing in just his 13th tour event ever. His form line is horrendous—missing eight of his last 10 cuts—and yet somehow, here he is, dominating the field at TPC Sawgrass.
The biggest question that remains is whether he can get the job done over the final day of action, especially given his lack of experience in big situations.
Given the way he's been playing so far, you'd have to think he'll be a good chance at the championship here, providing he can keep his head.
The course at TPC Sawgrass is unforgiving when you're in a rut and can quickly turn a good score into a bad one. Lingmerth must continue to pull the trigger when he can and try to make his shots—following the same approach that has gotten him to this point in the event.
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