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Tiger Woods hits from the 16th tee during the third round

Tiger Woods hits from the 16th tee during the third round

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Tiger Woods hits from the 16th tee during the third round

SERGIO Garcia, Tiger Woods and David Lingmerth will share the lead going into the final round of the Players Championship after the delayed third round was completed today.

Lingmerth was two shots clear when darkness halted play on Saturday following an earlier delay of almost two hours due to the threat of lightning.

 

However, the PGA Tour rookie returned to Sawgrass at 7:10am on Sunday with just the daunting 18th hole to play and ran up a bogey five to card a 69 and set the clubhouse target on 11 under par.

 

Garcia bogeyed the 15th when play resumed but then birdied the 16th and 17th and saved par with an excellent pitch from 40 yards short of the green on the last to complete a 72.

 

Woods carded just his second birdie of the round on the 16th to return a 71 as he seeks a fourth win of the season but only his second as a professional at Sawgrass.

 

Sweden's Henrik Stenson, the 2009 champion, and American duo Casey Wittenberg and Ryan Palmer are a shot off the lead on 10 under, with 49-year-old Jeff Maggert another stroke back after a 66 which was completed on Saturday.

 

England's David Lynn is three off the pacesetters on eight under with compatriot Lee Westwood a shot behind after a 74 that included an air-shot on his opening hole.

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