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SportRahm storms into lead at Players Championship

01:15  17 march  2019
01:15  17 march  2019 Source:   ap.org

McIlroy (70) heads to range late after falling behind Rahm

McIlroy (70) heads to range late after falling behind Rahm Rory McIlroy took only five questions from the media Saturday night before heading to the range. He had work to do before sunset. McIlroy shot a respectable 2-under 70 to stay in the hunt at The Players, but he fell a shot behind the red-hot Jon Rahm, who surged up the leaderboard with a third-round 64. There was a sense of urgency as McIlroy spoke, but the answer might not be found on the range at TPC Sawgrass. His par-5 play disappointed again Saturday, as he played the longest holes in even par.

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William McGirt, Mackenzie Hughes share lead at Players Championship . McGirt played in the morning and made a pair of eagles on the back nine in his round of 67. Among those at 68 was Jon Rahm , another first-timer at this lucrative event who had one of four bogey-free rounds on the steamy

Rahm storms into lead at Players Championship© The Associated Press Jon Rahm, of Spain, waves to the gallery as he arrives at the 17th hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Jon Rahm felt like every shot would be good and most of them were as he posted an 8-under 64 on Saturday and built a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood in The Players Championship.

Five shots behind going into the third round, Rahm shot 30 on the back nine at the TPC Sawgrass and surged into the lead when McIlroy and Fleetwood couldn't keep pace.

Players Championship 2019: Rory McIlroy one off the lead, but the better news is he's not in final pairing

Players Championship 2019: Rory McIlroy one off the lead, but the better news is he's not in final pairing Players Championship 2019: Rory McIlroy one off the lead, but the better news is he's not in final pairing

Six other players were only four shots behind, a group that included Masters champion Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter, who thought he had lost his PGA Tour card two weeks ago until a clerical oversight was discovered. Jon Rahm of Spain went into the third round in a tie for 10th, just five shots behind.

Rory McIlroy catapulted himself into a share of the lead alongside Tommy Fleetwood at the halfway stage of The Players Championship .Four-time major champion Four-time major champion McIlroy carded a seven-under-par 65 to be three strokes clear with Fleetwood following Friday's second round.

Rahm was at 15-under 201.

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McIlroy opened bogey-bogey, settled down with four birdies but then hit a dry spell of pars down the stretch. Fleetwood took longer to recover from his double bogey on the opening hole and shot 32 on the back for a 70.

Tiger Woods made late birdies to salvage a 72 and was 12 shots behind.

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Rahm storms into lead at Players Championship

Mind over matter: The Players comes down to Sunday mental battle.
Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood are all playing their own mind games. Whoever can conquer their demons on Sunday may walk away from TPC Sawgrass as the Players champion.

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