PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida: Sweden’s David Lingmerth drained a a birdie putt at 17 to seize a two-stroke lead at the Players Championship, where darkness halted Saturday’s (Sunday in Manila) weather-hit third round.
The US PGA Tour rookie was two strokes in front of 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, Spain’s Sergio Garcia and fellow Swede Henrik Stenson when play was suspended.
The horn had sounded to signal the end of play, but Lingmerth had the option of completing the hole he was on.
In the waning light he had hit his tee shot at the par-three 17th, featuring TPC Sawgrass’ famous island green, to nine feet.
He calmly rolled it in to get to four-under for the day, 12-under for the tournament.
“I was rolling it pretty good here towards the end on the back nine,” Lingmerth said. “Figured I might as well keep it going and try to make it.”
Woods and Garcia, playing in the last group, opted to stop after teeing off on 15.
“I didn’t want to play,” Woods said. “I’m half asleep and really hungry.”
Play had been halted for just under two hours when thunderstorms moved through the area earlier in the afternoon.
At that time, Stenson was the Swede in front, with Garcia and Woods in pursuit.
But Lingmerth, a 25-year-old who attended the University of Arkansas, put himself atop the leaderboard with an eagle at the par-five 16th.