Everyone chasing Kirk at THE PLAYERS

Final Round — THE PLAYERS Championship — TPC Sawgrass — Ponte Verde Beach, Florida — 

Chris Kirk (10-under) holds a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the THE PLAYERS Championship.

More than 30 players are within five shots of Kirk, who ranks 26th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Kirk tees off at 2:35 p.m. local time alongside Kevin Kisner at TPC Sawgrass in the PGA Tour’s Flagship event. Kirk, who has just two Top 10s this season, nearly captured the FedEx Cup last year finishing just behind Billy Horschel. Kirk won twice in 2014 including the McGladrey Classic and the Deutsche Bank Championship in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Plenty of players have a shot Sunday in the final round including former FedEx Cup champ Bill Haas, who won the Humana Challenge in January. Haas is part of the group at T-2 at 9-under and a shot back along with Ben Martin, who led for a stretch in round three.

The highest-profile player in the mix is Sergio Garcia, the 2008 champion. Garcia, who was third place last year two back of Martin Kaymer and was tied with Tiger Woods for the lead late on Sunday two years ago, is 8-under and T-5 along with Kevin Na, Jerry Kelly and Justin Thomas. Garcia plays Sunday with Thomas with a 2:15 p.m. tee time.

At 7-under is Rickie Fowler and Horschel, but the group at 6-under will certainly produce a player to make a run on Sunday. The group at 6-under is T-17 features World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, Ian Poulter, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson.

Thomas, who made it into the tournament as an alternate, would be the youngest ever to win the title at age 22.

Other Golf News: 

  • Phil Mickelson (73-76) missed the cut at TPC Sawgrass for the third straight time. He wasn’t the only high-profile player to miss out on the weekend. World No. 2 and Masters champion Jordan Spieth (75-72) and Brandt Snedeker (69-78) failed to qualify.
  • Shanshan Feng (17-under) won a Ladies European Tour event in Shanghai by six shots.
  • Garcia, who shot 67 in round three at THE PLAYERS to get back into contention, last won in the U.S. in 2010.
  • George Coetzee (13-under) rallied with two birdies in the playoff to edge Thorbjorn Olesen at the European Tour’s Mauritius Open. It marked Coetzee’s second win of 2015 as he captured the Tshwane Open in March.
  • Kirk’s rounds of 70-68-68 have him sitting as the 54-hole leader at THE PLAYERS.