Ponte Vedra Beach - The tense relationship between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia looked
set to spice up Sunday's final round of the weather-hit Players
Woods and Garcia joined rookie David Lingmerth atop the leaderboard as the delayed third round wrapped up.
uneasy relationship took another hit on Saturday when the Spaniard
complained that a move by Woods to remove a club from his bag just as
Garcia was hitting a shot sparked distracting crowd noise.
had waited for Woods, who was off the fairway at the second hole, to
organise his planned shot, then stepped up to his ball.
have a feel when the other guy is going to hit, and right as I was in
the top of my backswing, I think he must have pulled like a five-wood or
a three-wood and, obviously, everybody started screaming.
"So that didn't help very much," Garcia said in a television interview during the rain delay on Saturday. He bogeyed the hole.
Woods said after the round that he thought Garcia had already hit.
"I think it's probably good for both of us," Garcia said of the fact he wouldn't be paired with Woods in Sunday's final round.
"I mean, it's as simple as that."
whose three wins on the tour this season have seen him regain the world
number one ranking, said it didn't matter that he wouldn't be playing
in the final group.
"It really doesn't, no," he said. "I'm tied for the lead, so I'm right there."
Lingmerth had a two-stroke lead with one hole to play when Saturday's
third round was suspended due to darkness. Play had been delayed for
nearly two hours by thunderstorms.
Lingmerth, who birdied 17 in
near darkness before play ended on Saturday, but bogeyed 18 when they
returned on Sunday to settle for a bogey and a third-round 69.
left him on 11-under 205 through 54 holes, where he was joined by 2001
Players Championship winner Woods, who birdied the par-five 16th Sunday
morning en route to a one-under 71.
Garcia, the 2008 winner of the
US PGA Tour's flagship event, worth $9.5m this season, bogeyed
the 15th but bounced back with birdies at 16 and 17 to join the leading
Garcia and Lingmerth were to tee off in the final group for
the fourth round on Sunday afternoon while 14-time major winner Woods
will play alongside Casey Wittenberg, who carded a 70 to complete 54
holes at 10-under.
Henrik Stenson (71) and Ryan Palmer (70) were all also one stroke off the lead.
Leading scores on Sunday in the weather-delayed third-round of the US PGA Tour's $9.5m Players Championship (USA unless noted, par-72):
205 - Tiger Woods 67-67-71, David Lingmerth (SWE) 68-68-69, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 68-65-72
206 - Henrik Stenson (SWE) 68-67-71, Ryan Palmer 67-69-70, Casey Wittenberg 67-69-70
207 - Jeff Maggert 70-71-66
208 - Hunter Mahan 67-70-71, David Lynn (ENG) 72-68-68
209 - Marc Leishman (AUS) 72-66-71, Greg Chalmers (AUS) 68-73-68, Lee Westwood (ENG) 69-66-74
210 - Jason Dufner 71-67-72, Steve Stricker 67-71-72, Kevin Streelman 69-70-71, Jeff Overton 71-70-69, Sean O'Hair 70-71-69