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Matt Kuchar captures the biggest win of his career with a two shot win in the 2012 edition of The Players Championship.
Kuchar finished with a 2-under, 70 in his final round to get to 13-under and finish two shots better than a foursome of players at 11-under. Kuchar recorded a birdie and 16 to get to 14-under but gave back a stroke on No. 17 after three-putting. However, Kuchar was near perfect on 18 and captured the tournament win.
Martin Laird, Rickie Fowler, Ben Curtis and Zach Johnson all tied for second place at 11-under. Laird finished at 5-under on Sunday while Johnson and Curtis each finished at 4-under. Fowler made a late charge with birdies on two of the last three holes.
The final round of The Players Championship is winding down and Matt Kuchar holds a two shot lead with just three holes remaining in his round.
Kuchar is 2-under on Sunday and 13-under for the tournament. He leads Martin Laird who is in the clubhouse at 11-under after a final round 67 on Sunday. Zach Johnson is also 11-under and is wrapping up his round at No. 18. Rickie Fowler and Ben Curtis are tied for fourth at 10-under par for the championship.
Kevin Na began Sunday's round with a one shot lead but is 4-over and has slipped all of the way to 8-under par and is tied with Bo Van Pelt and Jhonattan Vegas for seventh place.
The final round of the 2012 Players Championship continues with Matt Kuchar now tied with Martin Laird atop the leaderboard midway through the final round.
Kuchar began the day one shot off the lead and is 1-under through the front nine of his final round. He is now tied with Martin Laird who has charged to the top of the leaderboard after going 6-under through 13 holes of his round to get to 12-under.
Kevin Na began Sunday's round with the lead but never looked comfortable. Three straight bogeys have him at 9-under and tied with Luke Donald and Zach Johnson for third place three shots back. Bo Van Pelt, Rickie Fowler and Ben Curtis are all four shots back at 8-under.
The final round of the The Players Championship is moving along and as been the case in recent times Tiger Woods is immersed in the struggle. Woods finished up his third round going even, and realistically out of contention for a title run on Sunday.
Woods suffered some bad breaks through the front nine on Sunday, as a 4-over start set the tone. Woods started off the round with a bogey five at the first, but got it back with a birdie on No. 2. Then Woods plunked one in the water on No. 4 resulting in a double bogey after starting off from the middle of the fairway. Following another bogey at No. 6, Woods yanked his tee shot on the par-three No. 8 and couldn't save par.
Now through 13 holes, Woods was able to birdie at No. 12 to get his round score back to 3-over. At one over for the championship, he is now 13 shots back of leader Kevin Na.
Na and Matt Kuchar, at 11-under, will tee off last this afternoon at 2:45 p.m. Eatern.
The final round of The Players Championship is underway with Kevin Na holding a one stroke lead entering Sunday. Matt Kuchar is second and one shot back and will join Na in the final pairing that is scheduled to tee off at around 2:45 p.m. ET.
Ricky Fowler begins the day three shots back at 9-under while Ben Curtis and Zach Johnson are tied for fourth at 7-under. Final round coverage gets underway at 12 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel and at 2 p.m. on NBC.
Here is a complete look at the tee times for Sunday's final round of The Players Championship:
8:45 a.m.: Stewart Cink, George McNeill
8:55 a.m.: Rod Pampling, Heath Slocum
9:05 a.m.: David Hearn, Cameron Tringale
9:15 a.m.: Robert Karlsson, Jason Dufner
9:25 a.m.: Robert Allenby, Graham DeLaet
9:35 a.m.: Josh Teater, Justin Rose
9:45 a.m.: J.J. Henry, Bob Estes
9:55 a.m.: Nick Watney, Brian Harman
10:05 a.m.: Harris English, Justin Leonard
10:15 a.m.: Keegan Bradley, Ryan Moore
10:25 a.m.: David Toms, Marc Leishman
10:35 a.m.: Alvaro Quiros, Trevor Immelman
10:45 a.m.: Lee Westwood, Chris Kirk
10:55 a.m.: Sung Kang, Ricky Barnes
11:05 a.m.: Peter Hanson, Kris Blanks
11:15 a.m.: Tom Gillis, Michael Thompson
11:25 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk
11:35 a.m.: Chris Couch, Spencer Levin
11:45 a.m.: Pat Perez, Brian Gay
11:55 a.m.: Bill Haas, Bryce Molder am
12:05 p.m.: John Huh, Luke Donald
12:15 p.m.: Geoff Ogilvy, Henrik Stenson
12:25 p.m.: Harrison Frazar, John Rollins
12:35 p.m.: Kevin Stadler, Adam Scott
12:45 p.m.: Brendon de Jonge, Kevin Streelman
12:55 p.m.: Tim Clark, Jimmy Walker
1:06 p.m.: Jeff Maggert, Ian Poulter
1:17 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Martin Kaymer
1:28 p.m.: David Mathis, Carl Pettersson
1:39 p.m.: Charlie Wi, Sergio Garcia
1:50 p.m.: Bo Van Pelt, Blake Adams
2:01 p.m.: Martin Laird, Johnson Wagner
2:12 p.m.: Brian Davis, Jonathan Byrd
2:23 p.m.: Zach Johnson, Jhonattan Vegas
2:34 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Ben Curtis
2:45 p.m.: Kevin Na, Matt Kuchar
Kevin Na and Matt Kuchar are ahead of the pack at The Players Championship at Sawgrass through three rounds, while local players Chez Reavie and Gary Woodland missed the cut heading into today's action. As for Tiger Woods, he's currently at two-under and tied for 34th place.
TPC is typically referred to as the fifth major, since it's the largest payout on the PGA Tour, so there's a lot at stake for the golfers left in the competition. Woodland was frustrated after trying to come back from a wrist injury and he wasn't able to make it work at Sawgrass earlier this week.
“It’s probably the most frustrated I’ve ever been on the golf course,” he said. “I feel like I’m playing OK half the time, and the rest of the time I feel like I’m lost. It’s not a good sign.”
Phil Mickelson has slipped down to 2-over through his first five holes and has fallen into a tie for 52nd overall as he's even at Sawgrass. Tiger Woods is at par through six holes at the 2012 Players Championship, and is tied for 38th at 2-under for the tournament.
After two rounds of the tournament, Tiger, Phil and everyone who made the cut at Ponte Vedra Beach are looking up to the trio of Matt Kuchar, Kevin Na and Zach Johnson who sit at 8-under for The Players Championship. Kuchar and Harris English, in fourth place at 7-under, will tee off at 2:24pm Eastern. Na and Johnson will tee off at 2:35pm Eastern.
The $9,500,000 purse is up for grabs, but will the fast greens and humid weather push someone to the top in round three? Or will the lions like Tiger and Phil make a run back up to the top of the leaderboard? We'll soon find out.
Though local Kansas City area golfers might have missed the cut, there's still plenty to watch for this weekend at the 2012 Players Championship. Neither Chez Reavie nor Gary Woodland made the cut at the 2012 Players Championship,
The three players atop the leaderboard will, as is golf tradition, be the last three to tee off. Zach Johnson and Kevin Na will be the final pairing to tee off, and they will do so at 1:35 p.m. CT. Matt Kuchar, who is also tied for the lead, will tee off with Harris English eleven minutes earlier, at 1:24 p.m. CT.
Golf superstars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will tee off a bit earlier in the morning, and just ten minutes apart from each other. Woods, paired with Keegan Bradley, will tee off at 10:25 a.m. CT, while Mickelson tees off at 10:35.
Courtesy of the PGA tour's official website, here's a look at tee times and pairings for the remaining field:
|8:35 AM||Henry, J.J.||Hearn, David|
|8:45 AM||Garcia, Sergio||Kirk, Chris|
|8:55 AM||Molder, Bryce||Frazar, Harrison|
|9:05 AM||Tringale, Cameron||Perez, Pat|
|9:15 AM||Quiros, Alvaro||DeLaet, Graham|
|9:25 AM||Karlsson, Robert||Hanson, Peter|
|9:35 AM||Rose, Justin||Dufner, Jason|
|9:45 AM||Immelman, Trevor||Allenby, Robert|
|9:55 AM||Mathis, David||Rollins, John|
|10:05 AM||Toms, David||Pampling, Rod|
|10:15 AM||Leonard, Justin||Pettersson, Carl|
|10:25 AM||Gay, Brian||McNeill, George|
|10:35 AM||Ogilvy, Geoff||Slocum, Heath|
|10:45 AM||Couch, Chris||Blanks, Kris|
|10:55 AM||Cink, Stewart||Leishman, Marc|
|11:05 AM||Kang, Sung||Barnes, Ricky|
|11:15 AM||Stenson, Henrik||Levin, Spencer|
|11:25 AM||Bradley, Keegan||Woods, Tiger|
|11:35 AM||Mickelson, Phil||Estes, Bob|
|11:45 AM||Kaymer, Martin||Wagner, Johnson|
|11:55 AM||Furyk, Jim||Vegas, Jhonattan|
|12:05 PM||Maggert, Jeff||Teater, Josh|
|12:15 PM||Poulter, Ian||Fowler, Rickie|
|12:25 PM||Clark, Tim||Watney, Nick|
|12:35 PM||Harman, Brian||Gillis, Tom|
|12:45 PM||Huh, John||Moore, Ryan|
|12:56 PM||Donald, Luke||Westwood, Lee|
|1:07 PM||Walker, Jimmy||Van Pelt, Bo|
|1:18 PM||de Jonge, Brendon||Streelman, Kevin|
|1:29 PM||Adams, Blake||Thompson, Michael|
|1:40 PM||Curtis, Ben||Haas, Bill|
|1:51 PM||Davis, Brian||Stadler, Kevin|
|2:02 PM||Byrd, Jonathan||Scott, Adam|
|2:13 PM||Wi, Charlie||Laird, Martin|
|2:24 PM||Kuchar, Matt||English, Harris|
|2:35 PM||Johnson, Zach||
Televised coverage can be found beginning at 11 a.m. CT on the Golf Channel, before shifting to NBC at 1 p.m.
The 2012 Players Championship featured Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson and Kevin Na tied atop the leaderboard Friday after another thrilling round of golf.
Johnson matched the best score of the second round, shooting a birdie filled round of 66. After a slow start Kuchar managed to play bogey-free over the last 13 holes of his round to finish with 68. Na played a steady round throughout, scoring a 69 for day.
One of the big stories after the second round is the number of top players who failed to make the even par cut. The list includes the world's No. 1 ranked player Rory Mcllroy, Vijay Singh, and Graeme McDowell just to name a few.
Two of the golf's biggest names, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, will each be trying to make a move in the third round. They are both currently tied for 30th place at 2-under par.
Local golfer Chez Reavie also failed to make the cut, finishing his round at 3-over par.
For a while it looked as though Martin Laird had control of the second round of the Players Championship on Friday, He was still in the lead after a birdie on the 16th hole put him at 5-under for the day. Then he double-bogeyed 17 and opened up the floodgates for those who were trailing him.
Now Zach Johnson is in the lead by one stroke with an 8-under par score, having shot six strokes under par for the day. Brian Davis and Ian Poulter are on Johnson's heels at 7-under, but Poulter hasn't even started second round action while Davis is on the final hole.
Laird is now tied for fourth with Jonathan Byrd, Adam Scott, and Charlie Wi, who all have scores of six-under par.
Martin Laird is still atop the Players Championship leaderboard on Friday in second round action of the tournament. Laird is 10-under par through 15 holes, while going 3-under for the day so far. Zach Johnson is two strokes out of the lead after going 6-under through 15 holes on Friday. That puts him at 8-under for the tournament, in second place.
Three golfers have the third-best score of 7-under: Jonathan Byrd, Adam Scott and Ian Poulter. Charlie Wi was among that group before he bogeyed on 18. Wi still had an impressive day, shooting five under.
As for the local guys, Chez Reavie is tied for 108th with a 3-over par score. On the bright side, he's doing about as well as Rory McIlroy, so all is not lost here.
As the 2012 Players Championship continues into today's second round action, Martin Laird is holding steady onto the lead while yesterday's leader, Ian Poulter, is only one stroke behind at Sawgrass. Poulter has yet to tee off until the afternoon, but Laird is continuing a nice second round at one-under through 8 holes.
As for local golfers, Chez Reavie has fallen with a bit of a struggle so far in the second round. He's currently tied for 102nd overall with several other golfers including Tiger Woods, Davis Love III and Ernie Els. At the very least, he has some nice company that far down the leaderboard. Gary Woodland tees off at 11:57am CT after shooting a 77 yesterday in the first round.
K.J. Choi won the 2011 TPC at Sawgrass with a 13-under overall score.
For local golfers, Sawgrass is not being so kind. For Ian Poulter, it's a dream in the making. The 36-year-old is currently in the lead on Thursday in the opening round of the 2012 Players Championship. Of course, there's still three full rounds to go.
Poulter only has one PGA tour win to his credit, back in February of 2010 with the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He's finished fairly well at various moments in the major tournaments, including a second place at the British Open in 2008 and a 12th place finish at The Masters this year. But Poulter has never won something as big as TPC.
Chez Reavie finished even today and is tied for 60th place. Gary Woodland had a harsh first round and sits at five-over after Thursday's action. He's currently in 131st.
A look at how area golfers are faring so far in the first round of 2012 The Players Championship in Florida.