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Summary

  1. Americans JB Holmes & Kyle Stanley lead on -9 after third round at Sawgrass
  2. South African Louis Oosthuizen third on -8
  3. South Korea's Si Woo Kim fourth on -7
  4. -6 Ian Poulter, Emiliano Grillo
  5. -5 Sergio Garcia, Patrick Cantley, Alex Noren
  6. Selected: -3 Scott; -2 Singh; -1 Day, McIlroy
  7. Level Rose; +1 Casey, Hatton, Fleetwood, McDowell; +2 D Johnson

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By Alex Bysouth and Mike Henson

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All to play for at Sawgrass

So JB Holmes and Kyle Stanley head into Sunday's final round with a share of the lead, but there's plenty to play for on day four at Sawgrass.

Will one of the leading Americans hold on? Can Louis Oosthuizen close the gap? Or will we see England's Ian Poulter making a beeline for top spot?

Perhaps 21-year-old Si Woo Kim will deliver on his undoubted promise? Masters champion Sergio Garcia is lurking, as is Argentina's Emiliano Grillo.

It's up for grabs in the Players Championship, so make sure you join us tomorrow to find out who'll come out on top in Florida.

Catch you then...

'I had good vibes going in'

Holmes -9 (18)

JB Holmes
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Co-leader JB Holmes explains his round and why he was given a drop at 15.

"The wind was blowing so hard earlier pars were good," he told Sky Sports. "You have to make those par putts, because that was a pretty good score today.

"The speed was just perfect today. I putted well, my putting stroke has felt good all week.

"On 15, my ball was in a hole, it looked like there was a drain down there so I got a relief and got a drop from that.

"I had good vibes going in, I've been able to get around and score. Some holes don't set up perfectly for me, but it's fun to play."

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Stanley -9 (18)

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Stanley retains share of lead

Stanley -9, Oosthuizen -8 (18)

Louis Oosthuizen is furthest away, he reaches for his putter and angles it up the slope. But it's slightly too heavy from the South African, and runs on to the edge of the green on the opposite side to where he started.

Kyle Stanley actually ended up on the edge of the sand, he chips on and looks good for par.

Oosthuizen goes first, and sinks a fine par from eight foot to remain on eight under. That was confident stuff, straight down the throat of the hole.

Can his American counterpart follow suit? Stanley bides his time, and gently rolls that one home in equally as composed fashion. 

He holds on to a share of the lead.

Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley
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Patient Poulter 'loving it'

Iain Carter

BBC golf correspondent at Sawgrass

I've just spoken to Ian Poulter who is brimming with pride after his bogey free 71. I jokingly suggested 17 pars and one birdie was a bit boring - he laughed at the notion with justification. 

It was a wonderfully composed and patient round and the prospect of fighting it out on the leaderboard prompted a two word response. "Love it," he said.

No green for Stanley or Oosthuizen

Stanley -9, Oosthuizen -8 (17)

Sawgrass falls momentarily silent as Kyle Stanley stands over his ball on the fairway and then clips a three-wood towards the green.

The tranquility of a Florida evening is broken as a cheer starts to rise from the fans behind the flag, but that slips into groans as it skips on into the longer fringes around the smooth stuff.

No such vocal recognition for Louis Oosthuizen, although his ball takes a similar trajectory as the South African also fails to make the green.

Kyle Stanley
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Holmes home at nine under

Holmes -9, Singh +1 (18)

JB Holmes had pulled his tee shot slightly right, but found the green with his second.

He first putt looks a little heavy, that slides right past the hole from the top of the green and nestles five feet or so away from the cup.

No problem for Holmes, he makes par to stay at nine under par.

Playing partner Vijay Singh had a shocker on the 17th, triple-bogeying after finding the water twice, and he finishes on one over.

JB Holmes
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Final pair reach the 18th

Stanley -9, Oosthuizen -8 (17)

Kyle Stanley makes the fairway at the 18th. No hint of a smile from the American though, just a stone cold stare as he watches it skip on for a comfortable lie.

Louis Oosthuizen follows him, slightly further left but two good tee shots.

Stanley takes share of lead

Stanley -9, Oosthuizen -8 (17)

Confident putting from Louis Oosthuizen on the sometimes troublesome 17th.

He sends it down in par to remain on eight under, but it's his playing partner Kyle Stanley who's making moves.

Lovely tee shot from the American to stick it within six feet of the pin and he's down in two to make birdie and take a share of the lead.

'It could have been lower'

Poulter -6 (18)

Ian Poulter has been speaking after his bogey-free third round.

"I wish I had taken a couple of opportunities at the end, a couple that could have gone in and it was a round of golf that could have been lower," he told Sky Sports.

"Beforehand I would have taken 71 for sure, it's good golf. I'm happy to be here. Let's hope tomorrow I can take advantage of that.

"It is a big deal to be able to concentrate on just playing golf, working out where you want to play and, when you're on the course, be aggressive towards your targets."

Ian Poulter
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Holmes -9 (17)

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Holmes birdies at 17

Holmes -9 (17)

JB Holmes
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Louis Oosthuizen birdies, but JB Holmes matches that feat.

Many have struggled with the 17th today, but not the current leader. He's on the green and then down in two to birdie and go nine under par for the tournament.

Oosthuizen ties for second

Oosthuizen -8 (16)

Unlucky, Louis Oosthuizen. 

With playing partner Kyle Stanley chopping around at the opposite side of the green, the South African almost sinks an eagle opportunity from some 30 feet.

It clips the cup, thinks about dropping and then falls inches away from the pin. A tap-in birdie, but Oosthuizen knows it could've been more.

It's enough for a share of second place.

Louis Oosthuizen
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Stanley skews on the 16th

Stanley -8 (15)

Well, they say you need a little luck to be win trophies and Kyle Stanley might just have got it there.

He gets his approach shot completely wrong at the 16th and it bounces up towards a grandstand, rebounds and bobbles all the way back down towards the flag before settling in some longer grass behind the green.

It's a difficult lie, mind. He'll have to play between a couple of palm trees and anything overhit will run dangerously close to the water... in the end, it doesn't quite creep on to green.

Kyle Stanley
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Singh finds the water

-2 (16)

Vijay Singh has steadied the ship a little since his round fell apart with a double and triple bogey on the front nine.

He was in the mix as the weekend began, but sits on two under through 16.

And there's that commentator's curse again. He's in the water at the 17th...

Vijay Singh
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Bogey-free round for Poulter

Poulter -6 (18)

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Wonderfully consistent golf from Ian Poulter, who takes par on the 18th to finish on one under for the day and six under for the tournament so far.

He's put himself in contention heading into the final day.

Holmes in the bunker

Holmes -8 (15)

What's JB Holmes going to do from here?

He saunters round his ball after sending a tee shot into the rough, before returning to his caddy for a quick consultation.

"Hold still everybody," goes the call from a steward, before the American strikes. But he's pulled that 40 yards short of the green, and it catches the bottom of a tree and finds a shallow lying bunker.

JB Holmes
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Par putts for Oosthuizen and Stanley

Oosthuizen -7, Stanley -8 (14)

Louis Oosthuizen is pacing around his ball on the 15th green. He's got an uphill birdie chance from 15 feet or so, but it never quite catches the line. It settles right, and should be another par for the South African.

Kyle Stanley's approach left him much closer to the pin, but with a tricky putt coming up the slope from a different angle.

He slaps his thigh as it sails a foot past.

Over on 17, Patrick Cantlay almost rushes through his work on the green and drops a shot.

Patrick Cantlay
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Cabrera Bello avoids the water

Cabrera Bello -3 (15)

Rafa Cabrera Bello gives thanks to the longer grass around the fringes of the water hazard that lies besides the green on the 16th.

That looked set for the splash, but it holds up.

He's had a third round littered with bogeys, and one double, that puts him on three under heading into the final few holes.

Rafa Cabrera Bello
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Latest leaderboard

-8 Holmes (15), Stanley (14)

-7 Oosthuizen (14), Kim (18)

-6 Poulter (17), Grillo (18), Cantley (16), Noren (16)

-5 Garcia (18)

-4 Perez (18), Molinari (18)

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Poulter almost home

Poulter -6 (17)

The birdie putts just haven't dropped for Ian Poulter today.

He urges a 12-foot effort on towards the cup at 17 and then rocks back with a wry smile as it scuttles just wide. 

Just the one birdie today, but the Englishman is yet to drop a shot in his third round.

Ian Poulter
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All eyes on the prize

The champions trophy has arrived!

The champions trophy has arrived!

This is what they're playing for. Well, that and a share of the $10.5m (£8.5m) prize purse...

That equates to £1.47m for the winner. 

Holmes finds the rough

Stanley -8, Oosthuizen -7 (14), Holmes -8 (14)

It's hard to tell whether Kyle Stanley is biting his lip or not beneath a well-groomed beard, but a little shake of the head gives away the American's feelings on a long birdie putt that comes up short.

He pops it down for par. Louis Oosthuizen follows suit.

JB Holmes, meanwhile, has gote a drop at the 15th having sought out some unplayable rough.

JB Holmes
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Holmes and Stanley share lead

Oosthuizen -7 (13), Stanley -8 (13), Holmes -8 (14)

Louis Oosthuizen has bogeyed at 13. No room for error on the par three as the South African goes long from his tee shot.

That means JB Holmes and Kyle Stanley currently share the lead on eight under par.

Consistent stuff since the turn from Stanley.

Bogey for Holmes

Holmes -8 (14)

The calm and composed figure of JB Holmes a few moments ago now looks a little more agitated.

He's bent over in the sand, legs perched either side of the ball with one foot sunk into the sloped bank. 

Half dozen or so pracitce swings and the American puts clubface to ball... almost wonderful, it fizzes hole-wards, kisses the cup and the gasps of the crowd just can't help it down.

That's a dropped shot for Holmes, but it could have been a lot worse after that initial tee shot that found the water... on the 12th.

JB Holmes
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Controlled and calculated Poulter

Iain Carter

BBC golf correspondent at Sawgrass

Poulter
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Just come in from following Ian Poulter down the 15th. The winds have died down appreciably and the galleries are relatively sparse. He hit a fine approach, just missing from 18 feet for birdie.

It has been very calm, measured golf so far from the Englishman and to be bogey free on a day like this is terrific golf.

Kim in the clubhouse

Kim -7 (18)

Si Woo Kim
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Si Woo Kim is back in the clubhouse after a very impressive round.

It was only a bogey at the 16th that let the 21-year-old down in an otherwise impeccable afternoon.

The South Korean put that right a hole later at the par-three 17th to make it five birdies in total on day three and climb to a share of third place.

He's well in the mix heading into the final day.

Hazard for Holmes

Holmes -9 (13)

Well, it looks like Oosthuizen and Stanley's hopes of retaking the lead may lie with JB Holmes' efforts rather than their own.

Having been so consistent up to this point, the leader has nailed his tee shot into a wet and unwanted oblivion at 14.

"Wow," mutters the American. Wow indeed.

In fact, it's so far right it's a different water hazard to the one he'd have even expected to find.

Nightmare round for Rahm

+6 after dropping 10 shots

Rahm
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Jon Rahm is having a thoroughly miserable day, having dropped 10 shots so far and with three holes, including the 17th, still to come.

The Spaniard had bogeys from the second to the fourth holes and then successive double bogeys at the sixth and seventh, before regaining one shot at the ninth as he went out in a whopping 42.

He fell from level par to six over in nine holes and suffered further problems with a double bogey at the 10th and bogeys at the 13th and 15th.

He is now tied for 72nd place.

Chasing pair look to respond

Oosthuizen , Stanley -8 (12)

How can the chasing pack respond? 

Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley were the hunted for most of today's play, now they're attempting to track down that lead again.

Oosthuizen's tee shot is long, but Stanley finds the meaty part of the green for an outside birdie chance on the par-three 13th.

Holmes on for par

Holmes -9 (12)

JB Holmes is a man in inspired form.

He parks his tee shot at the opposite end of the 13th green to the flag and then just tickles his putt down the slope, like a snowball gathering momentum down the hill until it screeches to a halt only a couple of feet from the pin.

That should be another par.

JB Holmes
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That 17th, hey. 

From that picture it looks like the world's leading players have barely more to aim at than the novelty prize hole in the middle of Alton Towers' lake.

Does that even still exist?

See you at the 17th

The 17th hole
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The crowds they are a'gathering... 

It's all hotting up as the leaders head down the back nine, and the 17th is apparently the place to be at Sawgrass on Saturday.

Holmes takes outright lead

Holmes -9 (12)

Well, I should've given JB Holmes more credit.

That approach shot was much closer to the pin than I first thought. 

The American glances at the hole, steps forward, clutches the putter and then drops it straight into the cup from seven foot with the confidence of a man completely on top of his round today.

It gives him the lead.

Par for Poulter

Holmes -8 (11), Poulter -6 (15)

JB Holmes is playing some fantastic, no thrills golf today.

Find the fairway, stick it on the green. He makes it look seamless. No hint of emotion from the American at 12 as he closes in on another par.

Ian Poulter is up at 14, he chips on the green and grimaces as it stops short of the pin. The Englishman need not worry, his putting eye is in and that's down for par.

Cantlay climbs, Kim drops

Cantlay -7 (13), Kim -6 (16)

Patrick Cantlay
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Patrick Cantlay is still quietly going about his business, but the 25-year-old is now just one stroke off the lead.

It's a birdie at the par-three 13th for the American, taking him to seven under. 

That also puts him one ahead of Si Woo Kim, who couldn't save par after finding the water at the 16th and cards his first bogey of the day.

Si Woo Kim
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Three-way tie at the top

Oosthuizen, Stanley -8 (11)

There we go. Lovely from Louis. 

Oosthuizen almost caresses that birdie putt into the centre of the cup from six feet or so to make it a three-way tie.

Kyle Stanley saves par to keep his spot as one of that trio. 

Birdie chance for Oosthuizen

Oosthuizen -7, Stanley -8 (10)

Here's the other co-leader, Kyle Stanley.

The American looks to sail one on the green from around 60 yards, a little left. It looks good, but drops suddenly and stops dead in the sand.

Louis Oosthuizen, the pressure of leading relieved, finds the green from a similar spot - he's got the chance to make birdie.

Louis Oosthuizen
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Latest leaderboard

-8 Stanley (US), Holmes (US)

-7 Kim (Kor), Oosthuizen (SA)

-6 Poulter (Eng), Grillo (Arg), Cantley (US)

-5 Garcia (Spn), Noren (Swe)

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Holmes joins the lead

Holmes -8 (11)

There may be a storm brewing in Florida, but JB Holmes is calmness personified.

The American was a par-making machine through the front nine, but then he goes and takes a share of the lead on the par-five 11th with a fantastic birdie putt.

No drama from JB.