February 22, 2018

Holmes rides luck at Players Championship

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Defending champion Jason Day forged a 72 and is at 142 along with Phil Mickelson (70), Adam Scott of Australia (72), Henrik Stenson of Sweden (70) and first-round co-leaders William McGirt (75) and Mackenzie Hughes of Canada (75). You know, like I said, I've played here 11 times, so you kind of know how to play it.

If Singh wins this week, he would become the oldest player to do so on the PGA Tour. He'll start Sunday one shot behind Holmes & Stanley.

HOME COOKING: Eight Jacksonville area residents were in the field this week and seeking to join three who have already claimed The Players Championship title - Mark McCumber in 1988, David Duval in 1999 and Fred Funk in 2005.

Despite Holmes' long-hitting reputation, there was no question his shortest club carried him during a third-round 70.

"It was an adventurous day, for sure", Holmes said.

Stanley, a native of Gig Harbor, Wash., who wound up playing college golf at Clemson, had an uphill climb after he bogeyed three of his first four holes. Sergio Garcia is within four at 5-under as well.

Jon Rahm of Spain went into the third round in a tie for 10th, just five shots behind.

He ended it by missing the 54-hole cut.

Of 82 players in the third round, 49 made a double bogey or worse.

Holmes was fortunate to not get worse than a bogey on No. 14.

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Emiliano Grillo of Argentina had seven birdies in his round of 67 and was tied with Poulter at 6-under 210. Garcia, Patrick Cantlay (72) and Alex Noren (72) were another shot behind. Si Woo Kim hit one of the biggest shots of the day at one of the toughest holes, recovering from a wayward drive with a driver into the green to save par.

"Yeah, we're in a pretty good spot going into this weekend". "I've been pretty consistent about what I've been doing practice-wise and off the golf course". We've been over the years great finishes around this golf course and terrible finishes. "You need to hit the ball well and. try not to do anything heroic when you have the lead".

Holmes only hit five of the course's 14 fairways but needed just 25 putts. He hit a blind shot from 230 yards into the wind to a bunker and managed to get up-and-down. He ripped a shot to 18 feet, holed the putt for 2, and from there, he would not drop another shot.

From the pine straw left of the 15th fairway, he managed to get it on the green and lagged beautifully from almost 60 feet. His round on Friday, which began on the back nine, featured six birdies and no bogeys after he collected four birdies and one bogey in the opening round on Thursday.

So many others wish they could have done the same.

Defending champion Jason Day had two double bogeys in his round of 73 and was eight shots behind, still hopeful of becoming the first back-to-back victor of this championship. McIlroy shot 71 in the third round and was 1 under. "It's a great golf course", Oosthuizen explained at The Players Championship media center.

"It was a relief to get the call to say you're good, you did enough to secure your card", Poulter said. "It doesn't matter who you are".

Stanley, 29, has not won since the Phoenix Open in 2012, even spending stints on the Tour while he tried to regain his form. - Some star power moved onto The Players Championship leaderboard during Friday's second round - even if one of the contenders qualifies for AARP benefits.

"When I went through that period and just struggled for a little bit - when the confidence goes, it just takes a little bit of - just takes a while to get it back", Stanley said after Round 3.

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