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Wittenberg ties for eighth at THE PLAYERS 05-12-2013
Casey Wittenberg
Casey Wittenberg had a front-row seat for Tiger Woods' win at THE PLAYERS, turning in a 3-over-par 37-38=75 in the final round and sharing eighth at 7-under 281. Wittenberg moves to 127th in the FedExCup standings with his performance this week, which is his first top 10 of the 2013 season. With momentum on his side, he heads to Texas for the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
McIlroy sneaks out of TPC Sawgrass w/ top 10 05-12-2013
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy spun a 2-under-par 38-32=70 in the final round of THE PLAYERS to share eighth at 7-under 281. McIlroy never really contended after an opening-round 66, but did manage to sneak out of TPC Sawgrass with his fourth top 10 of the year. He did most of his damage on the back nine, circling four birdies on a five-hole span beginning with the par-3 13th.
Garcia has 'Tin Cup' moment down the stretch 05-12-2013
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia was tied for the lead in the final round of THE PLAYERS with two holes to play, but disaster over the final two holes lead to a 4-over-par 36-40=76 and a tie for eighth at 7-under 281. Garcia was in the mix all day, with three birdies in a six-hole span beginning on the par-5 11th pulling him even with Tiger Woods. The Spaniard then took a page out of the move Tin Cup, hitting a ball in the water on the par-3 17th and then choosing not to go to the drop area. He the proceeded to again hit the ball in the water. After he kicked in his quadruple-bogey seven, he headed to the 18th and hooked his drive into the water. Running low on balls at this point, he eventually wrote down a six and is left to wonder what might have been.
Lingmerth shares second in his first PLAYERS 05-12-2013
David Lingmerth
David Lingmerth fought for an even-par 36-36=72 in the final round of THE PLAYERS, taking Tiger Woods to the brink before falling into a tie for second at 11-under 277. The rookie battled all day, never moving more than a stroke above or below par on his last lap around TPC Sawgrass. He was one of several players let back in the tournament after Tiger Woods made a double bogey on the par-4 14th, and was the only one that still had a shot to tie him on the 72nd hole. After his his playing partner, Sergio Garcia, deposited his first of two balls in the water on 17, Lingmerth stuffed his approach to 7'7" but missed the putt. With Woods safely in the clubhouse at 13-under, Lingmerth needed a birdie on the 18th to force a playoff. Facing a putt of 61'2", he gave it a valiant run past the hole then missed the par coming back. Perhaps the best news is that he's locked up his PGA TOUR card for 2013-2014 and a return trip for next season.
Woods emerges in 40th edition of THE PLAYERS 05-12-2013
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods held on to post a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in the final round of THE PLAYERS, winning the championship for the second time and picking up his 78th PGA TOUR title in the process.

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Woods was in complete control for the first 13 holes of the tournament, circling four birdies to just one bogey on his Sunday stroll around TPC Sawgrass. He then stepped on the 14th tee and inexplicably hooked a fairway metal into the water left of the fairway, leading to a double bogey and bringing a number of competitors back into the fold. He made a nice par on 15 after short-siding himself, then got up-and-down for birdie out of a greenside bunker on 16. He calmly parred the 17th and 18th holes to finish the week at 13-under 67-67-71-70= 275, then watched to see if David Lingmerth could birdie the 18th hole to catch him. When the rookie's 61'2" effort failed to find the bottom of the cup, Woods picked up the 40th edition of THE PLAYERS. He is not the field for the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Palmer leaves TPC Sawgrass with a top five 05-12-2013
Ryan Palmer
Ryan Palmer signed for an even-par 38-34=72 in the final round of THE PLAYERS to share fifth place at 10-under 278.

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Palmer was the feel-good story of the week due to the loss of his close friend on Thursday night. After an early birdie at the par-5 second, he stumbled with bogeys on the fourth, fifth and sixth holes. He answered that with a three-birdie run beginning with the par-4 10th, but stalled from that point. A bogey at the par-5 16th following a drive in the trees was the only other mark on his card coming home. He is scheduled to compete in the HP Byron Nelson Championship later this week.
Stenson can't close out THE PLAYERS in finale 05-12-2013
Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson settled for an even-par 37-35=72 in the final round of THE PLAYERS, finishing the week at 10-under 278.

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The Swede had a chance to win in a wild final round, bouncing back from a double bogey at the fourth with a run of three birdies in four holes beginning with the par-5 ninth. An untimely bogey at the 14th lengthened his odds of winning, but he responded with a birdie at the par-5 16th. Rather than continue his push upward, he failed to convert an eight-foot par at the 18th. He will not tee it up at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Maggert doubles 17; comes up shy at PLAYERS 05-12-2013
Jeff Maggert
Jeff Maggert battled his way to the top of the leaderboard in the final round of THE PLAYERS, turning in a 2-under-par 35-35=70 to finish at 11-under 277.

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Maggert found himself in a share of the lead when he stepped onto the tee at the par-3 17th, but rinsed his tee shot for an eventual double bogey. He would bounce back to birdie the difficult par-4 18th, sticking his approach to 2'6", but that will only serve as a reason to regret his lack of execution on the 17th even more. The veteran hasn't sniffed a top 45 all season, so this week was an unexpected surprise. He now heads to the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Despite poor stats, Snedeker spins 70 at TPC 05-12-2013
Brandt Snedeker
Brandt Snedeker spun a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in the final round of THE PLAYERS, picking up a top 10 with his 7-under 281 effort.

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When you look at Snedeker's stat sheet, it's a little hard to believe he managed to break 75 in the final round, much less end the day under par. His six birdies and four bogeys were a product of him splitting just six (of 14) fairways and landing 10 GIR, all the while losing strokes to the field with the putter. He will not compete in the HP Byron Nelson Championship later this week.
Leishman opens fast, fades late at PLAYERS 05-12-2013
Marc Leishman
Marc Leishman signed for an even-par 36-36=72 in the final round of THE PLAYERS, picking up a top 10 at 7-under 281.

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Leishman continues his run of solid form that saw him tie for fourth at the Masters and share ninth at the RBC Heritage. It looked like he would be a factor at TPC Sawgrass in the finale, circling birdies on three of his first four holes. It would quickly fall apart with a double bogey on the par-4 fifth when his drive didn't find dry land. He then bogeyed the sixth. His only other action was a birdie at 11 and a bogey at the 18th. He now heads to Texas for the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Westwood nabs his fourth consecutive top 10 05-12-2013
Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood could only muster an even-par 35-37=72 in the final round of THE PLAYERS, but it was good enough to lock up his fourth top 10 in his last four starts of 2013.

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Westwood entered the weekend with a legitimate shot to pick up the victory, but a terrible opening nine in Saturday's third round left him fighting for a top 10. He spent most of the day in good shape, as he was 2-under through 13 holes with three birdies and a bogey, but late bogeys on 14 and 17 put the streak in serious jeopardy. A par at 18 is just good enough to extend the streak at 7-under 281, but it will not be tested at TPC Four Seasons Resort later this week since he isn't in the field for the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Streelman locks up 5th top 10; leads PLAYERS 05-12-2013
Kevin Streelman
Kevin Streelman turned in a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of THE PLAYERS, taking over the clubhouse lead at 11-under 277.

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Streelman was nearly perfect in his final lap around TPC Sawgrass, circling six birdies to just one bogey. He wasn't even in consideration for the title when he stepped on the 16th tee, but a rather routine birdie at the par 5 followed by an unlikely 36'5" birdie at the par-3 17th thrust him into contention. He tapped in a par at the par-4 18th to close out his round at almost the exact same time Tiger Woods was dealing with a drive in the water at the par-4 14th. He'll needs some help from those still on the course, but he has a puncher's chance at a win and has locked up his fifth top 10 of the 2013 season. He's in no hurry to leave Ponte Vedra Beach, as he is not in the HP Byron Nelson Championship field.
Laird posts a target for leaders at PLAYERS 05-12-2013
Martin Laird
Martin Laird lit up TPC Sawgrass for a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in the final round of THE PLAYERS, posting a number for the final pairings to negotiate.

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Laird hasn't made a cut since his win at the Valero Texas Open in early April, but much like his final round at TPC San Antonio he took it deep in Ponte Vedra Beach on Sunday. He got things moving with a two-foot birdie on the par-5 second, then added back-to-back birdies from inside eight feet on four and five. He finished his front nine with a three-foot birdie on the par-5 ninth. He added another short birdie on 13, then tacked on his longest birdie of the day on 16 from 11'9". He came to 18 bogey-free, but a poor drive led to his only dropped shot of the round. In the end, he posted a 10-under 278. While there's a chance it will be good enough for a playoff, he can likely begin to focus his attention on an off week since he is not playing the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Crane takes early clubhouse lead at PLAYERS 05-12-2013
Ben Crane
Ben Crane fired a 3-under-par 31-38=69 in the final round of THE PLAYERS and is the first to post 7-under 281.

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Crane was hot early in his round, rattling off four consecutive birdies beginning with the second and running through the fifth hole. Easily the highlight of that run was a 61'11" bomb on the par-3 third. He then traded a birdie at nine for a bogey at 10, then repeated that feat with a birdie on 12 and a bogey at 15 before dropping a final shot of the day at the difficult par-4 18th. It was the putter that did the heavy lifting, picking up over three strokes on the field at the time he signed his card. He now heads to Texas for the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Herron spins final-round 68 at TPC Sawgrass 05-12-2013
Tim Herron
Tim Herron ended his week at THE PLAYERS with a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round, finishing the week at 6-under 282.

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Lumpy had it going early, finding birdies on four of the first seven holes before dropping his first shot at the par-5 ninth. His second and final bogey fell at the par-5 11th before rallying back for two more birdies coming home. The ball-striking was on point, splitting 12 (of 14) fairways and 14 GIR. He now heads to TPC Four Seasons Resort for the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Walker takes it deep in PLAYERS final round 05-12-2013
Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker continued is run of fine play on the PGA TOUR with a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of THE PLAYERS, ending his week at 6-under 282.

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Walker's round was blemish-free, and he stood at 7-under through 16 holes when he stepped onto the tee at the par-3 17th featuring the iconic island green. His approach landed on dry land at the back of the green, but trickled just over the edge and into the water, leading to double bogey. He had a chance to bounce back on the 18th, but missed a 9'2" birdie bid. In all, he hit 15 GIR and gained over three strokes on the field with the flat stick, despite finding just half of TPC Sawgrass' 14 fairways. He now heads home to Texas for the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Kaymer ends THE PLAYERS with final-round 69 05-12-2013
Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer concludes his week at THE PLAYERS with a 3-under-par 35-34=69, finishing the week at 1-under 287.

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Kaymer has struggled on the PGA TOUR in 2013, still only owning one top 30 all season. That came way back at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Everything worked pretty well for him in his final round, landing 12 GIR, splitting 10 (of 14) fairways and gaining more than a stroke on the field with his flat stick at the time of his posting. He will hope that this finally means some momentum, as he heads to the HP Byron Nelson Championship later this week.
Van Pelt bounces back w/ final-round 68 @ TPC 05-12-2013
Bo Van Pelt
Bo Van Pelt went out by himself in the final round of THE PLAYERS and took advantage of the pure greens and lack of pressure to spin a 4-under-par 34-34=68.

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BVP blew any chance he had of contending with a third-round 79, but six birdies to just two bogeys at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday morning demonstrate that form wasn't the problem. He ends the week at 2-over 290. Don't look for him at TPC Four Seasons Resort next week, as he is not in the field at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Stenson riding accurate driver @ TPC Sawgrass 05-12-2013
Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson spun a 1-under-par 33-38=71 in the third round of THE PLAYERS, entering the final round a stroke off the lead at 10-under 206. The Swede got it done off the tee, missing just one of the 14 fairways at TPC Sawgrass. He was blemish-free, with three birdies on his opening 10 holes, but gave back a bogey on the par-5 11th after splitting the fairway and then missed a short par putt on the par-4 15th to finish his round only one shot better than par. Expect him to hang around the leaderboard all afternoon if his putter cooperates at all.
Westwood enters final round of PLAYERS T10 05-12-2013
Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood salvaged his third round of THE PLAYERS with a 2-over-par 39-35=74, dropping into a tie for 10th ahead of the final round at 7-under 209. Westwood overcame two early double bogeys and a slight injury to his hand on a whiffed approach on the first hole to play his inward nine at TPC Sawgrass under par. He emerged early Sunday morning to birdie the par-5 16th, then stuffing his approach on the par-3 17th to 2'8" for a kick-in birdie. He gave one back at 18, but his health seems to be intact for a solid final-round push.
Late birdie gives Woods share of PLAYERS lead 05-12-2013
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods signed for a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in the third round of THE PLAYERS, inching his way into a share of the lead with David Lingmerth and Sergio Garcia at 11-under 205. Woods had a relatively quiet round on the scorecard, circling two birdies and squaring just one bogey. His second birdie fell Sunday morning at about the same time Lingmerth dropped a shot on 18, and Woods managed pars on 17 and 18. He's the odd man out of the final pairing, and will try and close the deal on his second win at TPC Sawgrass this afternoon alongside Casey Wittenberg.
Garcia maintains share of PLAYERS lead (-11) 05-12-2013
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia settled for an even-par 36-36=72 in the third round of THE PLAYERS and is tied for the lead at 11-under 205 with Tiger Woods and David Lingmerth. Garcia was the subject of conversation after making comments to the media alluding to the fact that Woods may have implored some gamesmanship just before Garcia struck his second shot on the par-5 second hole, leading to his first of four bogeys. With the tension thick on Sunday morning when the two completed their rounds. Garcia erased a bogey on 15 with back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 to end his day. Maybe the best break for the Spaniard is that he will be paired with Lingmerth, and not Woods in the finale.
Heavy-hearted Palmer in the mix at PLAYERS 05-12-2013
Ryan Palmer
Ryan Palmer polished off a 2-under-par 37-33=70 in the third round of THE PLAYERS on Sunday morning. Plamer's third lap around TPC Sawgrass featured a pair of bogeys on his first five holes, but he played the final 13 in blemish free 4-under. The highlight of his round came with his first swing on Sunday morning, sticking his tee shot on the par-3 17th to 2'9". He then saved par on 18 from 9'6" on the 18th, reaching the 54-hole mark at 10-under 206. His performance this week is particularly inspiring, as he his playing just days after the loss of a close childhood friend.
Three-birdie finish has Wittenberg one back 05-12-2013
Casey Wittenberg
Casey Wittenberg ended his third round of THE PLAYERS with back-to-back-to-back birdies, signing for a 2-under-par 37-33=70. Wittenberg trails his third-round playing partner and leader David Lingmerth by a shot at 10-under 206. Wittenberg's round was a meager 1-over through 15 holes, with one birdie and two bogeys on the card before he came to the par-5 16th. A 6'8" birdie at 16 was followed by a 4'7" effort on the par-3 17th, then he capped off his round early Sunday morning with a 39'5" bomb on the difficult 18th. That proved to be a two-shot swing on the leaderboard and leaves him with a chance to claim his first PGA TOUR win at TPC Sawgrass Sunday afternoon.
Lingmerth the surprise leader at TPC Sawgrass 05-12-2013
David Lingmerth
David Lingmerth finished off a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the third round of THE PLAYERS with a bogey on the 18th hole Sunday morning, but leads the tournament at 11-under 205. Lingmerth faced his share of adversity in his third lap around TPC Sawgrass, but immediately bounced back from three of his four bogeys on the very next hole. The only one he was unable to recover from fell at the 18th, which happened to be the only one he had to finish on Sunday. In all, he circled five birdies and an eagle while squaring four bogeys. The highlight of his round was an eagle from 8'2" on the par-5 16th.
Wild round for Mahan ends in 71 at PLAYERS 05-12-2013
Hunter Mahan
Hunter Mahan fired a 1-under-par 36-36=71 in the third round of THE PLAYERS and enters the finale at 8-under 208. Mahan's round was a wild one, featuring two double bogeys, an eagle, four birdies and a bogey. He was cruising when he stepped on the 15th tee, but pulled his tee shot into a tree and it never came down. That led to his second double bogey of the round. He bounced back with a chip-in eagle on the very next hole, then bogeyed the par-3 17th before saving par after a poor drive on 18. He'll try and eliminated the ugly numbers and continue to find the birdies and eagles in the final round.