By Mike Bonts
PONTE VEDRA BEACH (Florida Sports Wire) – Scottie Scheffler took his seventh career 54-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA Tour with a 65, his career low at The Players Championship.
The last third-round leader/co-leader to win The Players Championship was Webb Simpson in 2018. Kurt Kitayama at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard was the most recent third-round leaders/co-leaders to win on the tour.
Min Woo Lee seeks to become the third player in tournament history to make the event their first career PGA Tour title.
Having missed five consecutive cuts entering the week, Cam Davis birdies Nos. 17 and 18 to sit solo third.
Tom Hoge sets a new course record at Stadium Course with a 10-under 62.
Aaron Rai aces the par-3 17th hole, marking the first Players Championship with multiple aces at the 17th.
Third-round scoring average of 69.573 marks the lowest scoring average in any round at The Players.
Scottie Scheffler 68-69-65—202 (-14)
Min Woo Lee 68-70-66—204 (-12)
Cam Davis 69-70-67—206 (-10)
Tommy Fleetwood 72-70-65—207 (-9)
Aaron Rai 73-69-65—207 (-9)
Chad Ramey 64-75-68—207 (-9)
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 68-70-69—207 (-9)
Third-Round Lead Notes
- Min Woo Lee posted 66 and held a bogey-free streak of 26 holes before bogeying the 18th hole; eagled the par-4 first hole from 112 yards, the 14th in tournament history at Stadium Course and first since Brian Harman.
- Tommy Fleetwood ties his career low at The Players Championship with a 7-under 65; stood 4-over after his first 25 holes and played his next 29 holes in 13-under, first timer.
- Aaron Rai makes a hole-in-one at the par-3 17th hole and becomes the first to make birdie-ace-birdie at Nos. 16-18; marks the first time with more than one hole-in-one at the 17th hole in event history.
- After making the cut on the number, Tom Hoge sets the new course record at the Stadium Course with a bogey-free, 10-under 62, besting the 63 shared by nine players; began the third round on No. 10 and birdied Nos. 8 and 9 to finish his round.
- 18-hole leader and first-timer Chad Ramey rebounds from 75 in round two with 68; would become the sixth player on the tour to make a quadruple bogey and go on to win since 1983.
- 36-hole leader Adam Svensson posts 3-over 75, including a triple-bogey-7 at the par-4 14th hole.
- The third-round scoring average of 69.573 marks the lowest scoring average in any round at The Players Championship, breaking the previous record of 70.014.
Morgan Stanley Eagles for Impact Challenge
As part of its Eagles for Impact Challenge, Morgan Stanley will donate $5,000 for every eagle made at The Players to First Tee – a youth development organization that enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges – to help support the recruitment, development and retention of diverse coaches to mentor the next generation.
R1 12 $60,000
R2 17 $85,000
R3 14 $70,000