PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- It was another close call for Sergio Garcia at THE PLAYERS Championship. He finished third this year, two shots behind winner Martin Kaymer.
Garcia shot 2-under 70 in the final round, his chances undone by two back-nine bogeys. He tried to reach the green with his second shot from pine straw at the par-5 11th but slipped and found the water. A blocked approach shot into a greenside bunker at the par-4 14th resulted in another bogey. He made an 8-foot birdie putt at the final hole to finish third.
"I wish I would have hit a couple of shots a little bit better on the back nine, those couple of bogeys kind of put me behind the eight ball a little bit," Garcia said. "I still fought as hard as I could."
Garcia now has a victory (2008), runner-up (2007) and third-place finish (2014) at TPC Sawgrass. He has eight top-25s in 15 starts here, including five top-10s. Garcia was tied for the lead when he arrived at No. 17 last year, but played the final two holes in 6 over to finish eighth.
"It's obviously a positive week and it's another good performance on a tough golf course, so that will always mean a lot," Garcia said. "I think that that's what I have to look at and keep going forward from her and keep playing well."
Garcia is 25th in the FedExCup with seven top-25 finishes, including five top-10s, in eight starts. THE PLAYERS was his second third-place finish in his past three PGA TOUR starts. He also finished third at the Shell Houston Open.