As we mentioned, anyone can win here at THE PLAYERS Championship. It's a crapshoot. Great golf course, lots of drama, everyone has a shot. What else is there to ask? On the strength of 11 one putt greens Paul Goydos grabbed a one shot lead over Kenny Perry and three over a late fading Sergio Garcia. Averaging 265 yds. off the tee so far this year didn't hold back Goydos' mastery over the wicked fast putting surfaces at the TPC Sawgrass. His two under 70 today left him as the only entrant to be under par for the first three rounds at -7. Forty seven year old Kenny Perry hung tough with an even par 72 to be sniffing Goydos' heels, just one back at -6. Sergio Garcia's at -4 after bogeys on the final two holes. El Nino three putted on 17 from just over ten feet and a wayward tee shot cost him on 18. Yesterday's best player, Bernhard Langer, swelled to a 75 today that left him in a three way tie for 4th with Phil Mickelson and Jeff Quinney, all at -2 both very much in the hunt.
Expect the best putter to be in position tomorrow. Expect the unexpected as well with swirling winds being a huge factor, especially on 17 and the dastardly brutal 18th hole.
*Quote of the day......Bob Costas, interviewing Goydos after his round asked him if he'd ever won having the 54 hole lead. Goydos deadpanned, "No, but I've only been on the tour for 16 years."
*Average Golfer Feel Good Story......After Monday qualifying for the Nationwide Tour's Fort Smith Classic, Ty Tryon, former wunderkind, stands in 41st place after rounds of 67, 69, 72. Tryon's now married and has a child. Let's hope this is a springboard to bigger and better. Listening Michelle Wie?
Michelob Ultra Open
Annika Sorenstam maintained a three shot lead over Jeong Jang with a two under 69. Jang matched her 69 to force a repeat in the final group tomorrow. Lorena Ochoa must have been slipped some kryptonite as her 74 left her 10 back. Looks like the old Annika may be healthy again and out of hibernation.