Lingmerth Leads 3 Former Champions by 2 as Dark Halts Players

Sweden’s David Lingmerth led three former title-holders by two strokes when the third round of the PGA’s Players Championship was suspended for darkness.

Lingmerth stood 12-under through 17 holes of the third round yesterday on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Eight golfers will finish their rounds this morning before play begins in the final round.

Former Players champions Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia trail Lingmerth by two strokes, and all four were yet to finish when play stopped.

“I’m aware of where they’re at,” Lingmerth told reporters. “I try not to look at the leaderboard when I’m out there. I’m just trying to do my thing. But having those guys behind me, I know they’re going to try to hunt me down, of course. But I’m just going to try to forget about all that and just try to do my thing.”

The rookie, four-under for the day after he eagled the 16th and birdied the 17th hole, had missed his last five cuts before entering the Players. He’ll play the 18th hole today.

Woods, Stenson and Garcia share second place at 10-under. Stenson ended the day on the 16th hole while Woods and Garcia played through 14 holes.

Jeff Maggert, who finished the round, bogeyed the final hole for a 6-under 66 and was the clubhouse leader at 9-under 207. Casey Wittenberg and Ryan Palmer also were at 9-under and still had to finish their rounds.

Play was halted for 1 hour, 48 minutes yesterday when lightning hit the area. The third-round was suspended just before 7:50 p.m.

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