Kisner and Martin lead Players on another bad day for Woods

Sat May 9, 2015 5:46pm EDT
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By Ben Everill

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida, (Reuters) - Unheralded Americans Kevin Kisner and Ben Martin held the lead midway through the third round of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass on Saturday.

Both moved to 10 under par through 13 holes, giving them a one-shot cushion over countrymen Chris Kirk and overnight leader Kevin Na.

Kirk is nine under through 10 holes and Na made the turn at nine under.

The other overnight co-leader, 48-year-old Jerry Kelly, was seven under through nine holes.

Former world number one Tiger Woods equalled his worst score at Sawgrass with a three-over 75, leaving him completely out of the mix at three over.

Current number one Rory McIlroy was two under through 17 holes, four shots off the pace.

Earlier Justin Thomas fired an impressive 65 to tie with Sergio Garcia, the 2008 Players champion, at eight under par.

“I've been struggling on Saturdays so far this year and maybe the key is to play a little poorly the first two days, I don't know what it is, but, yeah, it was big today,” the 22-year-old Thomas said.   Continued...

May 9, 2015; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Kevin Kisner hits his tee shot on the 1st hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports