A quick start on Sunday could propel Tiger Woods to a second PLAYERS win. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods was hungry and ready to call it quits when the horn sounded Saturday night to halt the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship because of darkness. But with the option of being able to finish his hole -- he had just hit his tee shot at the par-4 15th -- Woods huddled with caddie Joe LaCava to discuss Sunday morning's weather forecast.
Had the forecast called for windy conditions, Woods would have finished the hole in the Saturday darkness.
"But it's supposed to die down," Woods said. "Hopefully I'll have a little bit more benign conditions for that second shot."
Woods and Sergio Garcia, in the final group, have the most holes to finish when play resumes at 7:10 a.m. ET. Although it's a challenge to get up early, the favorable scoring condtions could allow both players (each at 10 under) to make up ground on leader David Lingmerth, who is at 12 under with one hole to play.
Woods wasn't even aware that Lingmerth was leading when play was stopped. And he doesn't know much about the PGA TOUR rookie.
But, in somewhat ominous tones, Tiger said, "I'll see him tomorrow."
Woods was even par on his round through the first 14 holes, managing a birdie at the second, a bogey at the third and 11 consecutive pars after that.
Woods had his chances, but missed three birdie attempts on holes 10, 11 and 12 by a total of nine inches. Those putts came after play had resumed from a two-hour weather delay.
"I hit good putts," Woods said. "The greens slowed up just enough where those putts before the delay, those putts would have gone in if they would have had a little bit more pace to them.
"I needed to make the adjustment, and I didn't quite do it. They were maybe about six inches short of being perfect pace, and as you know late in the day, the holes get a little bit domed and you can see the ball kind of fall off on the edge of the holes."