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Summary

  1. Third-round leader: -15 Jon Rahm (64)
  2. -14 Rory McIlroy (70), Tommy Fleetwood (70)
  3. -12 Jason Day (68)
  4. -11 Abraham Ancer (70)
  5. -10 Ollie Schniederjans (65), Brandt Snedeker (65), Keegan Bradley (68), Dustin Johnson (69), Brian Harman (71), Jim Furyk (71)
  6. Third round of unofficial 'fifth major' at Sawgrass
  7. In-play clips courtesy of PGA Tour

Live Reporting

By Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Thanks for joining me for a topsy-turvy Saturday at Sawgrass in The Players Championship.

    Feel free to catch up by reading our report here.

    Or have a gander at Matt Wallace's diary day four: 'The good, the bad and the average'

    Take care for now. I can't wait for the final round on Sunday when we'll have more live text commentary plus in-play clips from the business end of the tournament.

  2. How it stands going into the final round

    -15 Jon Rahm (Spa)

    -14 Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Rory McIlroy (NI)

    -12 Jason Day (Aus)

    -11 Abraham Ancer (Mex)

    -10 Jim Furyk (US), Dustin Johnson (US), Keegan Bradley (US), Ollie Schniederjans (US), Brandt Snedeker (US), Brian Harman (US)

  3. Post update

    If you fancy reading something that beautifully encapsulates the last five or six hours our report here does just that.

    Don't just take my word for it though!

  4. Post update

    Rory McIlroy has not won a PGA Tour event since the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in March 2018.

    But he's had five top-10 finishes from his five events in 2019 and if he can get his driver going on Sunday anything is possible.

  5. Post update

    Fair play to Rory McIlroy he's back out on the driving range. In fact he's the only one on the driving range.

  6. Post update

    More from Tommy Fleetwood, speaking to Sky Sports:

    "I hit shockers of iron shots into six and seven and then on eight I rolled one in.

    "On 10 I holed a massive par putt which was big and I got something going. My short game is something I've been working hard on. It was a beauty on 16, just paste it with a bit of loft.

    "I didn't have to do any work with them and they were massive especially when you are not playing well.

    "I'm just happy to get that round done. I've got a chance now and I can get up tomorrow and try to find that rhythm that I've had for two days."

  7. 'I didn’t drive well'

    R McIlroy -14, T Fleetwood -14 (F)

    Rory McIlroy, speaking to NBC Sports: "I didn’t hit too many bad shots on the way out. The birdie on three settled things down for me and I played some steady golf.

    "To turn under par was a good effort after two early bogeys.

    "Once I got back to level par I felt like I had settled in to the ground. I didn’t drive well and I’m going to work on that now on the range."

    On what he needs to do to win?

    "Stick to what I’ve been trying to do. I just need to hit fairways and greens. It’s all cliche. One shot at a time and all that and hopefully I can turn tomorrow into the best Sunday of the year so far for me."

  8. 'A real test of grit'

    R McIlroy -14, T Fleetwood -14 (F)

    Tommy Fleetwood, speaking to Sky Sports: "I just kept going. I hit some dreadful shots early on and made an absolute hash of the first hole after a good tee shot. That was followed by poor shots on four and into six and seven.

    "It was a real test of grit and mental strength. I got it round and did some really good stuff on the back nine. I'm really pleased with how it finished."

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    R McIlroy -14, T Fleetwood -14 (F)

    Definitely one of those days from Tommy Fleetwood who has a bit of a reputation for Saturday struggles.

    The 28-year-old averaged just over 72 stokes in third rounds before today. And when he dropped four shots through seven holes his round was literally falling apart.

    But four birdies on the back nine was some response.

    Tommy Fleetwood
    Tommy Fleetwood
  10. Fleetwood recovers

    R McIlroy -14, T Fleetwood -14 (18)

    Good recovery from Tommy Fleetwood. Pretty much the story of his third round.

    A deft little chip digs him out of trouble and he taps in for par. Rory McIlroy shakes his hand warmly. He also takes a par at the last to remain tied in second alongside Fleetwood.

  11. 'Patience' key for leader Rahm

    Jon Rahm, who leads on 15 under, has been talking to Sky Sports and was asked if he's happy that this event is now taking place in softer conditions in March rather than May:

    "I enjoy it a lot, it definitely suits my playing style a bit better, being aggressive," he says.

    What will his strategy be in the final round?

    "Same thing as I've been doing, sticking to my own game, one shot at a time.

    "Birdies are out there, Just stay patient."

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    R McIlroy -14, T Fleetwood -14 (17)

    A touch of over-clubbing or just anxiety?

    Tommy Fleetwood ends up off the back of the 18th with his second shot. Not what was required there at all.

    Rory McIlroy lands his ball 10 feet away from the pin to a warm round of applause.

  13. Post update

    Iain Carter

    BBC Sport golf correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live at Sawgrass

    McIlroy has scrambled very well today. He found only his fourth fairway of the day with his drive on the 18th but is two under par for his round. Fleetwood has shown great character after his ragged start and his birdie on the 17th came courtesy of one of the best tee shots of the day on that little par three.

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    R McIlroy -14, T Fleetwood -14 (17)

    Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood are both in good shape off the tee on 18. Both would dearly love a birdie here.

  15. Post update

    J Furyk -10, I Poulter -6 (18)

    Jim Furyk plays a wonderful third shot but he won't be happy with finishing his round with a two-putt that sees him drop into a group of five players on 10 under par.

    Ian Poulter rounds off his day with a par and has dropped off the pace after a three over par third round.

  16. Watch: Fleetwood sets up birdie on 17

    Sweet as you like, Tommy Fleetwood's superb tee shot to the island green 17th that set up his fourth birdie of the back nine...

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    J Furyk -11, I Poulter -6 (17)

    Crikey that was a close one.

    Jim Furyk sends his tee shot inches from the water on 18 and then looks like he's in all sorts of bother playing an iron shot with virtually no space to work in.

    He could quite easily have ended up getting soaked there. Ian Poulter gets his tee shot away ok and has a mid iron into the green.

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    R McIlroy -14, T Fleetwood -14 (17)

    And in it drops. Tommy Fleetwood moves level with Rory McIlroy and is now just one stroke behind clubhouse leader Jon Rahm.

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    R McIlroy -14, T Fleetwood -13 (16)

    Nice putt from Rory McIlroy which allows him to tap in for a par. Now here comes Tommy Fleetwood for birdie.....

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    R McIlroy -14, T Fleetwood -13 (16)

    How does Rory McIlroy answer that?

    Well not as emphatically as he'd have liked. He's on the green but he's got a real job on to grab a birdie from over 30 feet.