May 11 2013
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Play in the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship was suspended late Saturday night due to darkness, although players had the option of finishing the hole they were on.
Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, playing in the last group, decided to stop after teeing off at the 15th hole.
"I didn't want to play (anymore)," Woods said. "I'm half asleep and really hungry."
Meanwhile, rookie David Lingmerth decided to keep playing after hitting his tee shot at the par-3 17th. It was a wise decision -- he rolled in a birdie putt from 9 feet, 8 inches to move to 12 under.
That puts the former Web.com Tour player in the lead by two shots going into Sunday.
"I was rolling it pretty good on the back nine," Lingmerth said. "Figured I'd keep it going and try to make it."
Woods, Garcia and Henrik Stenson -- each a previous winner of THE PLAYERS -- are tied for second at 10 under.
Of the top nine players on the leaderboard, three have already finished their rounds -- Jeff Maggert, who shot a 6-under 66 to move into a tie for fifth at 9 under; and David Lynn (68) and Hunter Mahan (71), who are tied for eighth at 8 under.
The other six players -- Lingmerth, Stenson, Garcia, Woods, Casey Wittenberg (9 under and Ryan Palmer (9 under) -- along with Lee Westwood (6 under) and Kevin Chappell (4 under) will resume play at 7:10 a.m. ET on Sunday.
Those final holes will be shown on the Golf Channel.
The final round is estimated to begin at 8:35 a.m. ET with the field re-paired. NBC will begin its final-round coverage at 1:30 p.m. ET.