May 11, 2013

Woods-Garcia trouble overshadows Players

David Lingmerth leads as Sergio Garcia complains about Tiger Woods' timing on a club selection.

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David Lingmerth of Sweden hits from the 16th tee Saturday during the third round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods hits from a sand trap Saturday on the second hole – the hole that caused a problem when Sergio Garcia felt he was distracted when Woods selected a club.

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Alone at the top

David Lingmerth, -12

Staying close

Henrik Stenson, -10

Tiger Woods, -10

Sergio Garcia, -10

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"I think sometimes you have to be a bit more careful."

Told about Woods' comment regarding Garcia complaining, the Spaniard replied, "That's fine. At least I'm true to myself. I know what I'm doing and he can do whatever he wants."

Meanwhile, the tourney was shaping up to be quite a finish.

Lingmerth, who began his rookie season by losing in a playoff at the Humana Challenge, poured in par putts along the back nine to stay around the leaders, and then he raced by them with his eagle-birdie finish. He returns Sunday to play the 18th hole.

Stenson was the first to reach 12 under when he made a 20-foot birdie putt at the par-5 ninth, but what appeared to be a shoo-in birdie on the par-5 11th turned into a bogey when his second shot went just long and down a steep slope. It took him two chips to reach the green and he made bogey, and Stenson made another bogey on the 15th.

Garcia made par from deep in the woods and bogey from the middle of the fairway. He came close to a hole-in-one on the 13th hole, and went bunker-to-bunker for bogey on the 14th hole. Woods was far steadier, though certainly not spectacular. That birdie he made on No. 2 was his only one of the day.


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Sergio Garcia
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Sergio Garcia, hitting a chip shot to the second green, said Tiger Woods should give more thought to the concerns of his playing partner while drawing crowd attention.

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