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By Alex Bysouth and Mike Henson

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  1. 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...

  2. 'I had good vibes going in'

    Holmes -9 (18)

    JB Holmes

    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."

  3. 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
  4. 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.

  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. '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
  10. Holmes birdies at 17

    Holmes -9 (17)

    JB Holmes

    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.

  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Bogey-free round for Poulter

    Poulter -6 (18)


    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.

  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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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