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Spieth fires to shared lead in Players Championship


Jordan Spieth of the US hits from the sand at the USPGA Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on Saturday.

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Jordan Spieth fired a one-under-par 71 on Saturday to join Martin Kaymer atop the leaderboard after three rounds of the US PGA Tour’s Players Championship in Florida.

Germany’s Kaymer dropped into a tie for the lead with a bogey at the par-four 18th on the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, carding an even-par 72 for a 12-under total of 204.

The leading duo were three strokes ahead of Spain’s Sergio Garcia and Australian John Senden.

Garcia, the 2008 winner, fired a three-under-par 69, Senden posted a 68 and Aussie Matt Jones and George McNeill both posted 69s to share fifth place with Gary Woodland, who carded a 70 for 208.

Italy’s Francesco Molinari matched the low round of the day with his five-under 67. He was joined in eighth place on 209 by Canadian David Hearn (68) and England’s Lee Westwood (71).

Three of the four players who have a chance to usurp Tiger Woods atop the world rankings — Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar — were among a group of 11 players sharing 13th on 211.

Sweden’s Stenson posted a 70, as did Masters champion Watson of the US, while fellow American Kuchar carded a 69.

Stenson, ranked third in the world, could topple Woods, who has been idled by injury, if he posted a top-six finish yesterday.

Watson needs a runner-up finish, while Kuchar needs a victory in the US$10 million tournament to have a chance at the No. 1 ranking.

World No. 2 Adam Scott of Australia kept his hopes of move to top spot for the first time alive with a third-round 69 that left him tied for 28th on 213.

Scott would have needed a top-16 finish yesterday to dethrone Woods and said it might be possible with a relatively early tee time in the fourth round.

“I’ll be off fairly early probably again and try and sneak up there as high as I possibly can. You never know what’s going to happen out here,” Scott said.

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