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While many of the golfers in contention for the 2012 Players Championship experienced numerous highs-and-lows throughout the tournament, Matt Kuchar played consistently excellent golf over four days. With four consecutive rounds under par, Kuchar finished at -13 to win the tournament by two strokes.
Zach Johnson, Martin Laird, Ben Curtis and Rickie Fowler each finished two strokes behind Kuchar at -11. Curtis and Johnson both played excellent golf on Sunday, shooting -4 to move up the leaderboard. Kevin Na, who entered the final round with a one stroke lead, struggled on Sunday and finished the tournament in a tie for 7th at -8.
This is the fourth victory of Kuchar's career, with the most recent coming at The Barclays in 2010. Kuchar was in contention at The Masters this year and ultimately finished in third place.
The final round of the 2012 Players Championship is underway, with the leaders just recently teeing off. Kevin Na began the day in sole possession of first place and he's done nothing but strengthen his position in the early going -- he's -1 on the day through the first two holes and -13 overall, three strokes ahead of Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler.
1. Kevin Na (-13)
T2. Matt Kuchar (-10)
T2. Rickie Fowler (-10)
4. Zach Johnson (-9)
T5. Martin Laird (-7)
T5. David Toms (-7)
T5. Jonathan Byrd (-7)
T5. Brian Davis (-7)
Elsewhere in the field, Phil Mickelson is four-under and Tiger Woods is one-under. Bob Estes and David Toms each shot 65 on Sunday, currently the low rounds of the afternoon.
The final round of the 2012 Players Championship promises to be enticing, as Kevin Na holds the lead at -12 heading into Sunday. However, eight golfers sit within six strokes, with Matt Kuchar trailing Na by just one stroke.
The biggest mover on Saturday was Rickie Fowler, who moved from 12th to 3rd following a tremendous round. Fowler controlled the course throughout the day, shooting -6. Fowler trails Na by three strokes and sits in third by himself. He trails Kuchar, who shot a 69 and sits in second.
Dustin Johnson and Ben Curtis are tied at -7, just five strokes off the lead. Curtis shot -2 to move up the leaderboard, while Johnson actually fell back to the pack after being one of the co-leaders before the round. Jhonattan Vegas shot an impressive -4 to move up from 24th and into a four-way tie at -6.
While most of the guys at the top of the leaderboard have yet to tee off, there have still been plenty of developments at the 2012 Players Championship. Rickie Fowler has grabbed most of the attention, as he is -3 through six holes and has moved into a tie for 5th with Charlie Wi, Martin Laird, Jonathan Byrd, Adam Scott and Brian Davis.
Along with Fowler, both Sergio Garcia and Jhonnatan Vegas have moved up the leaderboard this afternoon. Garcia shot a -4 in the third round and moved up to a tie for 17th, while Vegas is at -3 through seven holes and has moved into a tie for 11th with five other golfers.
At the top of the leaderboard, Zach Johnson, Kevin Na and Matt Kuchar are all tied at -8. Harris English is just one stroke behind those three.
The third round of the 2012 Players Championship kicks off on Saturday, and everyone is trying desperately to position for a strong finish in the final round on Sunday. Tiger Woods is paired with Bradley Keegan and has a mid-morning tee time, joining others like tournament leaders Matt Kuchar, Harris English, Zach Johnson and Kevin Na as a compelling group to watch heading into the early afternoon. Click here to find the full Players Championship leaderboard.
You can find TV coverage of the tournament on the Golf Channel starting at 11 a.m. CT, and it will continue on NBC at 1 p.m. Here is a list of the tee times and pairings for round three of the Players Championship (all times ET):
|8:35 AM||Henry, J.J.||Hearn, David|
|8:45 AM||Garcia, Sergio||Kirk, Chris|
|8:55 AM||Molder, Bryce||Frazar, Harrison|
|9:05 AM||Tringale, Cameron||Perez, Pat|
|9:15 AM||Quiros, Alvaro||DeLaet, Graham|
|9:25 AM||Karlsson, Robert||Hanson, Peter|
|9:35 AM||Rose, Justin||Dufner, Jason|
|9:45 AM||Immelman, Trevor||Allenby, Robert|
|9:55 AM||Mathis, David||Rollins, John|
|10:05 AM||Toms, David||Pampling, Rod|
|10:15 AM||Leonard, Justin||Pettersson, Carl|
|10:25 AM||Gay, Brian||McNeill, George|
|10:35 AM||Ogilvy, Geoff||Slocum, Heath|
|10:45 AM||Couch, Chris||Blanks, Kris|
|10:55 AM||Cink, Stewart||Leishman, Marc|
|11:05 AM||Kang, Sung||Barnes, Ricky|
|11:15 AM||Stenson, Henrik||Levin, Spencer|
|11:25 AM||Bradley, Keegan||Woods, Tiger|
|11:35 AM||Mickelson, Phil||Estes, Bob|
|11:45 AM||Kaymer, Martin||Wagner, Johnson|
|11:55 AM||Furyk, Jim||Vegas, Jhonattan|
|12:05 PM||Maggert, Jeff||Teater, Josh|
|12:15 PM||Poulter, Ian||Fowler, Rickie|
|12:25 PM||Clark, Tim||Watney, Nick|
|12:35 PM||Harman, Brian||Gillis, Tom|
|12:45 PM||Huh, John||Moore, Ryan|
|12:56 PM||Donald, Luke||Westwood, Lee|
|1:07 PM||Walker, Jimmy||Van Pelt, Bo|
|1:18 PM||de Jonge, Brendon||Streelman, Kevin|
|1:29 PM||Adams, Blake||Thompson, Michael|
|1:40 PM||Curtis, Ben||Haas, Bill|
|1:51 PM||Davis, Brian||Stadler, Kevin|
|2:02 PM||Byrd, Jonathan||Scott, Adam|
|2:13 PM||Wi, Charlie||Laird, Martin|
|2:24 PM||Kuchar, Matt||English, Harris|
|2:35 PM||Johnson, Zach||Na, Kevin|
The 2012 Players Championship rolls on with the second round on Friday, and there is plenty of intrigue building at TPC Sawgrass in Florida. Martin Laird and Jonathan Byrd are among the leaders at the start of the day, but there is plenty of room for things to change as players take to the tees on Friday.
For news and notes on the notable groupings and tee times, check out PGATour.com. Television coverage on Friday begins at 12:00 p.m. CT on the Golf Channel. All times are the local eastern time:
TPC Sawgrass Tee #10
|12:46 pm||Perez, Pat||Baird, Briny||Thompson, Michael|
|12:57 pm||Ogilvy, Geoff||Singh, Vijay||Verplank, Scott|
|1:07 pm||Atwal, Arjun||Cabrera, Angel||Harrington, Padraig|
|1:18 pm||Frazar, Harrison||Baddeley, Aaron||Leonard, Justin|
|1:28 pm||Snedeker, Brandt||Crane, Ben||Watney, Nick|
|1:39 pm||Oosthuizen, Louis||Day, Jason||Poulter, Ian|
|1:49 pm||Pettersson, Carl||Garrigus, Robert|
|2:00 pm||Kirk, Chris||Bradley, Michael||Palmer, Ryan|
|2:10 pm||Levin, Spencer||Hearn, David|
|2:21 pm||Maggert, Jeff||Merrick, John||Mathis, David|
|TPC Sawgrass Tee #1|
|12:25 pm||Couch, Chris||Chalmers, Greg||DeLaet, Graham|
|12:36 pm||Trahan, D.J.||DiMarco, Chris||Driscoll, James|
|12:46 pm||Streelman, Kevin||Jobe, Brandt||Blanks, Kris|
|12:57 pm||Molder, Bryce||Woodland, Gary||Hoffman, Charley|
|1:07 pm||Slocum, Heath||Bettencourt, Matt||Gay, Brian|
|1:18 pm||McNeill, George||Na, Kevin||Piercy, Scott|
|1:28 pm||Choi, K.J.||Clark, Tim||Garcia, Sergio|
|1:39 pm||Simpson, Webb||Bradley, Keegan||Kuchar, Matt|
|1:49 pm||Fowler, Rickie||Mahan, Hunter||Woods, Tiger|
|2:00 pm||O'Hair, Sean||Toms, David||Stenson, Henrik|
|2:10 pm||Matteson, Troy||Holmes, J.B.||Henry, J.J.|
|2:21 pm||Campbell, Chad||Pampling, Rod||Mayfair, Billy|
|TPC Sawgrass Tee #10|
|7:15 am||Reavie, Chez||Stadler, Kevin||Teater, Josh|
|7:26 am||Herron, Tim||Walker, Jimmy||Kang, Sung|
|7:36 am||Van Pelt, Bo||Chappell, Kevin||Barnes, Ricky|
|7:47 am||Sabbatini, Rory||Yang, Y.E.||Kelly, Jerry|
|7:57 am||Stallings, Scott||Furyk, Jim||Love III, Davis|
|8:08 am||Vegas, Jhonattan||Byrd, Jonathan||Villegas, Camilo|
|8:18 am||Rose, Justin||Kaymer, Martin||Scott, Adam|
|8:29 am||Donald, Luke||Haas, Bill||Westwood, Lee|
|8:39 am||McIlroy, Rory||Mickelson, Phil||Stricker, Steve|
|8:50 am||Moore, Ryan||Harman, Brian||Cauley, Bud|
|9:00 am||Senden, John||Bae, Sang-Moon||Gainey, Tommy|
|9:11 am||Leishman, Marc||Killeen, J.J.||Quiros, Alvaro|
|TPC Sawgrass Tee #1|
|7:15 am||Pernice Jr., Tom||de Jonge, Brendon||Duke, Ken|
|7:26 am||O'Hern, Nick||Stroud, Chris||Dyson, Simon|
|7:36 am||Rollins, John||Molinari, Francesco||Wi, Charlie|
|7:47 am||Jacobson, Fredrik||Glover, Lucas||Goosen, Retief|
|7:57 am||Steele, Brendan||Immelman, Trevor||Allenby, Robert|
|8:08 am||Laird, Martin||Cink, Stewart||Howell III, Charles|
|8:18 am||McDowell, Graeme||Johnson, Zach||Els, Ernie|
|8:29 am||Dufner, Jason||Curtis, Ben||Stanley, Kyle|
|8:39 am||Huh, John||Wilson, Mark||Wagner, Johnson|
|8:50 am||Ogilvie, Joe||Estes, Bob||Davis, Brian|
|9:00 am||Imada, Ryuji||Karlsson, Robert||Hanson, Peter|
|9:11 am||Every, Matt||Knost, Colt||English, Harris|
The PGA Tour continues on Thursday with the 2012 Players Championship drawing to finish in its first day. According to the latest leaderboards at PGATour.com, Englishman Ian Poulter has taken the lead with an impressive 7-under showing. Poulter bogeyed on the 7th hole, but managed to fight back with a combined 8 birdies, including 3 in a row on the 10th, 11th and 12th holes.
American Blake Adams stands in seconds place with a 6-under after bogeying in holes No. 3 and No. 10, and birdying in eight holes, including No. 5 through No. 9. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods, stuck at 2-over at the day's end, risk yet another disastrous drop out.
With over 70 players still working through the greens, the leaderboards are subject to considerable possible change. Among those still on the course, Australian Adam Scott appears positioned to crack the top group, sporting a 3-under after 8 holes.
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