Late bogey drops Kaymer into tie for Players lead

Sat May 10, 2014 9:29pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) - Martin Kaymer bogeyed the par-four last to drop back into a tie for the lead with playing partner Jordan Spieth after the pair had dueled in Saturday's third round of the Players Championship.

Germany's Kaymer, who had been a stroke in front of the chasing pack overnight, overshot the 18th green with his approach, chipped up to nine feet and missed the par putt to card an even-par 72 on a breezy afternoon at the TPC Sawgrass.

That left the German at 12-under 204, level with American young gun Spieth (71) who had appeared likely to bogey the final hole when his tee shot sailed right into a tree line from where he struck his second shot 56 yards short of the green.

After his third had nestled on the fringe 13 feet past the flagstick, the 20-year-old Spieth nervelessly drained the par putt to remain at 12-under and pumped his right fist in delight.

Spaniard Sergio Garcia, the 2008 Players champion, was a further three strokes back after carding a 69, level on 207 with Australian John Senden (68).

"I just didn't hit a good putt," Kaymer told reporters of his bogey at the last to end a tricky day for scoring at the TPC Sawgrass where the sun-baked greens were running fast and firm.

"I pulled my putt and therefore it went left. He went inside left and hit a good putt, made it. I have a chance tomorrow, which is really nice. I put myself in a good position.

"It played tough today. Even when you hit fairways, it was gusty and therefore a little bit difficult to attack the flags. We didn't play great, but we kept it very well together. So it was okay."   Continued...

May 10, 2014; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Martin Kaymer plays from a bunker on the 9th hole during the third round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports