The Players: Paul Casey in contention as PGA Tour’s flagship event heads into fifth day at TPC Sawgrass | Golf News

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Five strokes separate the top 31 players heading into a Monday finish at TPC Sawgrass, with Shane Lowry in contention after a hole-in-one at the par-three 17th; watch day five live on Monday from midday on Sky Sports The Players

Last Updated: 14/03/22 12:23am


Highlights from day four of the 49th Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Florida

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Highlights from day four of the 49th Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Florida

Highlights from day four of the 49th Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Florida

Anirban Lahiri will take a one-shot lead into the fifth day of a weather-affected Players Championship, with Paul Casey just two off the pace as he chases a historic victory.

Indian star Lahiri birdied the par-five 11th in fading light at TPC Sawgrass to move into a narrow lead on nine under with seven holes of his third round remaining, with halfway co-leader Tom Hoge a shot back alongside Harold Varner III.

Hoge and Varner are halfway through their third rounds, which will resume at 8am on Monday (midday GMT), while Casey is just two off the pace with nine holes to complete as he looks to become the first English winner of the PGA Tour’s flagship event.

All the best shots from a hectic fourth day at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass

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All the best shots from a hectic fourth day at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass

All the best shots from a hectic fourth day at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass

Casey has battled back superbly from triple-bogeying his opening hole of the tournament on Thursday, posting rounds of 70 and 69 before playing the first half of his third round in two under.

The veteran is joined on seven under by Sam Burns – who held the outright advantage until finding water off the seventh tee and making bogey – and Sebastian Munoz, who is six under for his round with four holes to complete.

Sam Burns sank a huge 70-foot putt on the 15th at TPC Sawgrass

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Sam Burns sank a huge 70-foot putt on the 15th at TPC Sawgrass

Sam Burns sank a huge 70-foot putt on the 15th at TPC Sawgrass

Former Open champion Francesco Molinari is three back after playing his first 15 holes in five under, while Shane Lowry produced a moment of magic when he fired a superb hole-in-one at the iconic par-three 17th.

Lowry then bounced back from bogeying his next hole to card back-to-back birdies and get within four of the lead, with English pair Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood part of the logjam on four under which also contains defending champion Justin Thomas.

Shane Lowry sent the Sawgrass crowd into a frenzy when he produced a sensational hole-in-one on the par-three 17th

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Shane Lowry sent the Sawgrass crowd into a frenzy when he produced a sensational hole-in-one on the par-three 17th

Shane Lowry sent the Sawgrass crowd into a frenzy when he produced a sensational hole-in-one on the par-three 17th

A congested leaderboard sees 31 players separated by just five shots in what is set to be a manic Monday in Florida, where tournament officials are confident of completing the 72 holes before darkness.

Rory McIlroy snuck into the weekend on the cut mark after back-to-back rounds of 73, with the four-time major champion in tied-66th after playing the first nine holes of his third round in one over.

Who will win The Players? Watch the conclusion to the third round live on Monday from midday on Sky Sports The Players, with coverage from the final round available at 5pm on the same channel.

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