Day holds lead, slams 'unplayable' course

Sat May 14, 2016 9:13pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Jason Day survived greens that were almost unplayable at times, overcoming two early double-bogeys to maintain a four-stroke lead after the third round at the $10.5 million Players Championship in Florida on Saturday.

The world number one was not the only player to have nightmares on greens that suddenly turned glassy and lightning-fast and caused scores to soar in low humidity at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course in Ponte Vedra.

Day, who four-putted the sixth hole from inside 20 feet, joined a chorus of players who described the greens as borderline unputtable.

"This was the toughest day I've ever had to play in my life," Day told reporters after eking out a one-over 73.

"The greens got a little bit out of hand on the front side. Some of the pin locations were a little iffy with how quick the greens were.

"I was very shocked ... That's all you could do, just try to survive. Talk about slow play. They make the course nearly unplayable."

The Australian finished the day with a 14-under total of 202, having earlier returned to complete the weather-delayed second round.

His second round 66 gave him a tournament record-low of 129 at the halfway mark.

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan started the third round with three straight birdies on his way to a 67 and a share of second place with German Alex Cejka (72) and American Ken Duke (65) at 10-under.   Continued...

 
May 14, 2016; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Jason Day putts for birdie on the 9th green during the third round of the 2016 Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports