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Garcia and Woods join Lingmerth at top of leaderboard after end of delayed third round

Updated: Sunday, 12 May 2013 14:59 | Comments

Woods shares lead with Garcia and Lingmerth
Woods shares lead with Garcia and Lingmerth

Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods and David Lingmerth will share the lead going into the final round of the Players Championship after the delayed third round was completed today.

Lingmerth was two shots clear when darkness halted play on Saturday following an earlier delay of almost two hours due to the threat of lightning.

However, the PGA Tour rookie returned to Sawgrass at 7:10am on Sunday with just the daunting 18th hole to play and ran up a bogey five to card a 69 and set the clubhouse target on 11 under par.

Garcia bogeyed the 15th when play resumed but then birdied the 16th and 17th and saved par with an excellent pitch from 40 yards short of the green on the last to complete a 72.

Woods carded just his second birdie of the round on the 16th to return a 71 as he seeks a fourth win of the season but only his second as a professional at Sawgrass.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson, the 2009 champion, and American duo Casey Wittenberg and Ryan Palmer are a shot off the lead on 10 under, with 49-year-old Jeff Maggert another stroke back after a 66 which was completed on Saturday.

Garcia will partner Lingmerth in the final round with Woods alongside Wittenberg, something Garcia was happy about given the relationship between himself and Woods.

That already cool relationship was strained further yesterday when Garcia felt he was put off when playing his approach to the second hole by crowd noise caused by Woods preparing for his own shot from the trees.

Woods insisted he had been told by a marshal that Garcia had already played before pulling out a fairway wood from his bag, with the fans cheering an apparent attempt to go for the green on the par five.

Speaking today, Garcia was typically forthright.

"He's not my favourite guy to play with. He's not the nicest guy on Tour. So it will good for both us not to play together again," Garcia told reporters.

"We don't like each other. It doesn't take a rocket engineer to figure that out.

"He is who he is. I am who I am. It's best we're not playing together again. I'm in a good position. It was nice to finish the way I did, with two birdies and a great save on the last hole. Hopefully, I will get a good feeling this afternoon and see how it goes."

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