The par-3 17th should figure
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Sunday’s final round of
THE PLAYERS Championship is under way from TPC Sawgrass, where
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FINAL-ROUND UPDATES (all times ET)
6:59 p.m. --
Matt Kuchar has won THE
PLAYERS Championship, firing a final-round 70 to hold off charges
by Rickie Fowler, Martin Laird, Zach Johnson and Ben Curtis by two
strokes. Kuchar, who parred the final hole, moved to No. 6 in the
FedExCup with the victory.
6:42 p.m. --
Matt Kuchar three-putted the
17th hole from 45 feet and came back to the field at 13 under
-- he's still ahead by two, though, after Rickie Fowler was unable
to convert his 8-footer for birdie at the 18th hole. Fowler
finished at 11 under with Martin Laird, Zach Johnson and Ben
Curtis, who made the fourth birdie of the day on No. 18.
6:28 p.m. --
Rickie Fowler drained a 21-foot
birdie putt at the 17th hole to get back to 11 under and within two
shots of Matt Kuchar's lead. Minutes later, in clear site of the
island green, Matt Kuchar poured in a 15-footer to give himself
more breathing room at 14 under.
6:15 p.m. --
Ben Curtis just made another
bounce-back birdie. After a bogey on the 15th, Curtis laid up on
the par-5 16th then hit his approach to 18 feet and made the putt
to get to 10 under and within three of Kuchar. Ditto Rickie Fowler,
who also birdied the 16th to get to 10 under.
6:05 p.m. --
Trailing by just one, Martin Laird
made a crucial mistake on the final hole, pulling his approach shot
left of the greenside bunker and nearly into the water. He pitched
to just over 6 feet, but the Scot missed his 6-footer for par and
finished with a 67 to get in the clubhouse at 11 under. The bogey
was the second in the last five holes for Laird and leaves him two
6 p.m. --
Rickie Fowler got too aggressive with
his putt from off the green at the 15th hole and paid for it. He
rolled it 10 feet past, couldn’t make the par putt coming
back and dropped back to 9 under. Fowler is four strokes back of
Matt Kuchar now, who has four holes to play.
5:40 p.m. --
With a half-dozen holes to go, Matt
Kuchar leads by one at 13 under with Martin Laird right behind him
and Zach Johnson another stroke back. Rickie Fowler and Ben Curtis
are one more back from there at 10 under. Keep this in mind, only
once has someone won THE PLAYERS with a birdie on the 18th: Steve
Elkington in 1991.
5:24 p.m. --
Talk about a bounce back. After Ben
Curtis double-bogeyed the par-3 eighth, where his tee shot found
the water, he’s rolled off four straight birdies to get to 10
under and within two of the lead. Rickie Fowler has also recovered
from a couple of front-nine mistakes with birdies on each of his
last two holes, Nos. 11 and 12.
5:05 p.m. --
The back-and-forth atop the
leaderboard continues with Martin Laird dropping a shot after a
bogey on No. 14. Laird missed the green right on his approach then
failed to get up-and-down after hitting to 28 feet. That leaves
Matt Kuchar alone in the lead at 12 under.
4:54 p.m. --
Martin Laird continues to apply
pressure, rolling in an 8-footer at the 13th hole for his third
straight birdie to rejoin Matt Kuchar at the top of the
4:51 p.m. --
The two players in the final
group had very different results at the par-5 ninth hole. Kevin Na
made his fourth bogey in his last five holes from a nasty lie in
the rough beside the green and fell back to 9 under. Matt Kuchar,
on the other hand, chipped to 26 inches and made the putt to move
to 12 under.
4:45 p.m. --
Martin Laird has pulled even with
Matt Kuchar at 11 under after consecutive birdies at Nos. 11 and
12. He got up and down from the left side of the green at the par-5
12th, sinking a 5-footer for the birdie, and made a 14-footer at
4:30 p.m. --
Add Carl Pettersson and Bo Van Pelt
to the mix. They’re 4 and 3 under, respectively, today and
both are within three of the lead at 8 under. Meanwhile, Rickie
Fowler is still stuck on 1 over for his round as he plays the par-5
4:10 p.m. --
Kevin Na just missed his first putt
from inside 5 feet all week and it resulted in a bogey on the sixth
hole, dropping Na into a tie for the lead with Matt Kuchar.
Meanwhile, Ben Curtis just picked up a stroke with a birdie on No.
7 to get within three of the lead.
4:05 p.m. --
The final groups are through the
first handful of holes at TPC Sawgrass and Kevin Na is still in the
lead with Matt Kuchar a shot back after both played the first five
holes in even. Martin Laird, meanwhile, just turned in 3 under and
is three back.
3:55 p.m. --
Tiger Woods on his final-round 73 to
finish his week at 1-under 287: “I felt that I played well in
spurts again,” he said. “Just need to be a little bit
more consistent.” On what strides he’s made since the
Masters: “I'm starting to hit the ball up in the air again,
and doing it correctly. Some of the way I used to do it, how I used
to add the loft through impact on the way down.”
3:45 p.m. --
Luke Donald is running out of holes
but he's certainly gaining ground. He just made an 11-footer at the
16th hole for his fifth birdie on the back nine. He's 8 under and
five strokes off the pace -- tied for fifth right now. If he
finishes solo fourth or better, Donald will be back atop the
Official World Golf Ranking after a one-week absence.
3:40 p.m. --
A double bogey at the fifth hole has
dropped Rickie Fowler back into a tie for third at 9 under, four
strokes off the pace being set by Kevin Na. Fowler's troubles began
when his second shot landed in the thick grass above a greenside
bunker. Standing with one foot in the sand, he advanced the ball to
the fringe, then chipped 9 feet short and missed the putt for
3:21 p.m. --
Rickie Fowler is back to within two after
pouring in a 29-footer for birdie par-4 fourth. Fowler has been
impressive on the front nine here the last two rounds with six
birdies and zero bogeys in 13 holes.
3:15 p.m. --
Kevin Na leads by three after a
birdie on the par-5 second, where he chipped to inside 3 feet and
made the putt. Na and Luke Donald, by the way, are the only players
since the start of last season who are perfect on putts from inside
2:55 p.m. --
There seem to be some good scores out
there at TPC Sawgrass. Already a couple of 65s have been recorded,
and Spencer Levin is now 5 under through 14 holes after birdies on
five of his last six holes. That gets Levin to 7 under with four
holes to play.
2:40 p.m. --
It didn’t take Rickie Fowler to
make his first birdie of the day. Fowler split the first fairway
then stuck his approach from 136 yards to 4 feet to get to 10 under
ad within two of the lead.
2:28 p.m. –
David Toms finished his round
with a par for a 7-under 65, which is one shot off the final-round
low at THE PLAYERS. At 7 under for the tournament, Toms walked off
the 18th green in a tie for fourth.
2:18 p.m. –
Phil Mickelson has gotten off to
a good start with a 3-footer for birdie at the par-5 second hole
and an 18-inch putt at No. 4. He’s now 6 under and six shots
behind Kevin Na, who tees off in a half hour.
2:13 p.m. –
David Toms has just birdied the
first two holes of The Gauntlet – Nos. 16 and 17 – and
has moved to 7 under for the day and the tournament. Toms, who lost
in a playoff a year ago, has made an eagle, seven birdies and two
1:40 p.m. --
Bob Estes is in with the low round of
the day, a 7-under 65, which also matches the low round of the week
(Ian Poulter and Martin Laird also shot 65 Thursday). At one point,
Estes made seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch before closing in
32. The 65 by Estes is his best score here by three shots.
1:25 p.m. --
More Tiger: He just made the turn in
40 after hitting just three fairways and three greens in
regulation. Meanwhile, Bob Estes is now 7 under with two holes to
play. He has seven birdies and one bogey over his last nine holes
and is now 5 under for the week. The last time Woods shot a 40 for
nine holes, by the way, was his first nine holes of the 2011 PGA
Championship at Atlantic Athletic Club, where he went on to miss
1:10 p.m. --
The bogeys are piling up for Tiger
Woods, who missed the green left on the par-3 eighth then failed to
get up-and-down for par. He’s now 4 over on the day. In case
you’re wondering, Woods’ worst career score here is a
75, which he has shot a number of times (most recently in the first
round in 2007).
12:50 p.m. --
Tiger Woods continues to struggle
here at TPC Sawgrass, where he just dropped to 3 over after a bogey
on the sixth hole after he missed the green short and failed to get
up-and-down from the sand. It was the second bogey of the round for
Woods -- he also has a double bogey on the card -- and he’s
now 1 over for the tournament.
12:45 p.m. --
Bob Estes continues to make birdies,
adding two more on Nos. 12 and 13 thanks to approach shots that
landed inside 7 feet on both holes. Estes is now 6 under through 13
holes and 4 under for the week.
12:20 p.m. –
Justin Rose put himself behind
the 8-ball this week with an opening 76. He had a memorable shot on
Sunday, though, when he holed a wedge from 67 yards at the par-4
12th for eagle. Rose, who is now 3 over for the tournament, is the
third player to hole a shot from the fairway already on Sunday.
12:13 p.m. –
Tiger Woods hit his second shot
into the water that fronts the fourth green. He took his drop and
found the green with his fourth, then two-putted from 8 feet for
the double bogey.
12:07 p.m. –
Bob Estes has birdied three
straight holes as he made the turn to get to 4 under for the day
and 2 under for the tournament. He drained a 38-footer at the par-3
eighth, a 9-footer at No. 9 and a 16-footer at the 10th.
11:57 a.m. –
Tiger Woods has gotten the shot
he squandered at the first hole back at the par-5 second. He got
up-and-down from the pot bunker to the left of the green, making a
12-footer for the birdie.
11:50 a.m. –
These guys really are good.
We’ve already had two shots holed for eagle from the fairway.
David Toms made his from 123 yards at the sixth hole to get to 1
under for the day while Graham DeLaet holed one from 140 yards at
No. 10 to take the sting out of a 40 on the front nine.
11:37 a.m. –
Tiger Woods didn’t get
off to the best of starts. He missed the fairway left and the green
right, then chipped to 17 feet and missed the putt for par.
He’s now 1 under for the tournament.
11:30 a.m. –
You’ll see a lot of pink
inside and outside the ropes at TPC Sawgrass today in celebration
of Mother’s Day and to promote breast cancer awareness. For
every fan in attendance on Sunday, THE PLAYERS is donating $1 to
The Donna Foundation, which helps local women battling the disease.
11:15 a.m. –
There are 30 players on the
golf course right now and only 10 are under par right now. George
McNeill is 2 under through 13 holes while Rod Pampling and Bob
Estes are the same through 11 and eight holes, respectively.
11 a.m. –
The skies will be mostly cloudy on
Sunday but it looks like the rain will hold off until Monday. The
high will hit 80 and the winds will be in the 10-20 mph range as
the leaders tee off at 2:45 p.m.