Rory McIlroy set to miss Europe's flagship event due to back injury

Hazel Gray
May 15, 2017

Scott, who won the Players in 2004, now sits in a share of fifth place, five shots back of current leader Si Woo Kim.

Many top players struggled to find their games amid gusting winds and the threat of storms during Saturday's third round.

McGirt, who is looking to finally convert a first-round lead into a PGA Tour tournament win after five failed attempts in the past, hit three birdies on the front nine and eagled both of the par-fives on the back nine in his round at TPC Sawgrass. Somehow, Holmes shot 70.

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen and American Kyle Stanley are the leaders at nine-under, but numerous higher-rated players are off the pace, including world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who is even-par. The superb four-under effort moved him to within a shot of the clubhouse lead of three under. We're still going to have to play really well.

"It's a fantastic golf course, I love this track, and I love how you got to work one ball flight off the tee and the opposite into the greens", Spieth said.

Spieth didn't make a birdie until the 15th hole, and he was in position to get inside the cut line until missing yet again on the 16th from about 12 feet. He chalked that up to not being able to handle this strand of grass when it gets firm and crusty.

Every par 3 has yielded a hole-in-one since the course began hosting The Players in 1982.

The 46-year-old Mickelson has won 42 tournaments over his career, including five majors. "No lead can be big enough".

They were at 9-under 207, one shot clear of Louis Oosthuizen (73).

Garcia leaves little doubt he's savoring his Masters win as much as possible.

"I played some good golf out there, and unfortunately not on the last two", Scott said.

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Yes, there were plenty of those. He could accept this 71 just because of all that went wrong - the wedge that hit the pin on No. 1, birdie putts that spun around the holes at Nos.

Lahiri hit his tee shot into the water.

"Certainly if you're two or three behind on the weekend and that's where you need to make a push, it's certainly an opportunity", he added. It still hopped hard at the back of the green and went into the water, leading to a double bogey.

It took him 10 shots to get through the 18th hole.

"I didn't feel rusty game-wise". I knew where I was, from a normal lie, it wasn't too bad; and from that lie I had no chance. And although he did birdie the ninth for the third day running, birdies on the 16th and 17th were cancelled out by bogeys on the 14th and 18th. He also was seven back at 2-under 142.

He was playing with Rickie Fowler, who also had a share of the lead in the morning.

McIlroy said he took three weeks away from golf after the Masters and around the time of his wedding. Johnson shot 40 on the back nine for a 74 and was 11 shots out.

He made it sound simple, even though the Players Stadium Course can be anything but that.

Jon Rahm of Spain went into the third round in a tie for 10th, just five shots behind.

The ban was subsequently rescinded when the World Anti-Doping Agency said it no longer considered use of the spray to be a doping violation without a positive test but Singh filed a lawsuit in NY claiming the Tour's actions left him "humiliated, ashamed, ridiculed, scorned and emotionally distraught". "When you have the best players in the world and the cut is over par, it shows that the golf course is very tough".

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