Date: May 12, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Lingmerth on top in Florida

Sweden&aposs David Lingmerth has a two-shot lead with a day to play at The Players Championship, after the third round was cut short on Saturday. Lingmerth had moved to six under through 17 holes on Saturday before play at TPC Sawgrass was brought to an early halt due to bad light and the 25-year-old Swede sits on top of the leaderboard at 12 under ahead of Sunday&aposs action. The third round will be completed early on Sunday before the fourth round gets underway with eight players, including six of the top seven, yet to complete 18 holes. Lingmerth has a two-stroke gap on compatriot Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia of Spain, who all sit on 10 under, while Jeff Maggert, Casey Wittenberg and Ryan Palmer are all a further shot behind. England&aposs David Lynn and Hunter Mahan of the USA are tied for eighth at eight under, while the Australian pair Greg Chalmers and Marc Leishman are next on the leaderboard at seven under. As overnight leader Garcia went head-to-head with Woods, Lingmerth edged ahead of his high-profile rivals with an impressive back-nine performance at Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida. Lingmerth was at one under for the day after the first nine holes but birdies on the 11th and 17th holes plus an eagle on the 16th saw the Florida-based Swede take control at the PGA Tour event. Stenson had led earlier on Saturday when he birdied the fourth, sixth and ninth holes to reach 12 under half-way through his third round, but bogeys on the 11th and 15th saw the 2009 winner of The Players Championship slip back to 10 under when he was forced to stop on the 17th tee. Garcia had an inconsistent third round before it was brought to a halt after 14 holes with three bogeys outweighing two birdies, while Woods will join the Spaniard on the 15th tee on Sunday on even par. Wittenberg, Palmer and Lee Westwood are the other players yet to complete their third rounds with the latter at six under overall after a terrible Saturday. The 40-year-old Englishman produced two double-bogeys on the first four holes before stopping play at three over through 15.