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Woods Among Three in Players Golf Lead After Tiff With Garcia

Golfer Sergio Garcia was about to hit his second shot from the fairway on the second hole when there was a surge of noise in the middle of his backswing. Photographer: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
Golfer Sergio Garcia was about to hit his second shot from the fairway on the second hole when there was a surge of noise in the middle of his backswing. Photographer: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

May 12 (Bloomberg) -- Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and David Lingmerth are tied for the lead at 11 under par as the final round of the PGA’s Players championship has begun this morning in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The third round was completed earlier this morning after being suspended by darkness last night. Former champions Woods and Garcia trailed Sweden’s Lingmerth by two strokes when play was halted yesterday on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

Three golfers were at 10 under entering the fourth round -- Americans Casey Wittenberg and Ryan Palmer, and Henrik Stenson of Sweden.

Yesterday’s round featured a dispute between longtime rivals Woods and Garcia, who accused his playing partner of causing a distraction when he was about to hit a shot.

Garcia was about to hit his second shot from the fairway on the second hole when there was a surge of noise in the middle of his backswing. He hit the ball far to the right, leading to a bogey.

The Spaniard told reporters that Woods, an American, had pulled a club from his bag just as Garcia began his swing, leading to a cheer from spectators.

“Obviously, he doesn’t know all the facts,” Woods responded to reporters. “The marshal said he already hit and I pulled the 5-wood and hit.”

After the round, Garcia was told of Woods’s comments.

“I don’t care,” Garcia said. “At least I’m true to myself. I know what I’m doing. And he can do whatever he wants.”

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rob Gloster at rgloster@bloomberg.net

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