Simpson leads Players Championship by seven

Webb Simpson has taken complete charge

Webb Simpson has taken complete charge

"Overall on the whole day I just hit a lot of quality shots and a 65 was probably the highest I could have shot".

On the 523-yard par-5 16th hole, Stricker reached the green in 3 and sunk a 3-foot putt for birdie. Woods hit a patented squeeze-cut stinger that found the center of the fairway then hit a wedge approach that looked like it might find the water left of the green.

Webb Simpson entered Moving Day with a five-shot lead at 15 under.

Simpson was between a hard gap wedge and an easy pitching wedge, and after a long conversation with Tesori, chose to go with the gap wedge, aiming for a spot 138 yards away, up the slope of the green, short of the back-center hole placement.

No player on the PGA Tour has lost a tournament when leading by seven going into the final round. Danny Lee, who was among those tied for second at the outset of the third round, is alone in second following a round of two-under par 70.

"I wish I knew what was the difference, [but] I don't know [why]", Woods said.

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Indeed, Spieth matched Woods' seven-under 65 as he twice hit three birdies in a row and managed nine in total.

Now Simpson will go for the all-time scoring record of 24-under 64 set by Greg Norman in 1994.

Jordan Speith and Tiger Woods were two of the biggest movers on the day, with both shooting 7-under 65s to sit eight-under for the tournament, in a tie for eighth.

Vast galleries arrived early to TPC Sawgrass to greet Woods and Mackenzie Hughes on the first tee at 9am, and the two-time champion made the ideal start with birdies at the opening two holes. "After what happened yesterday on 17, I wanted to play a good solid hole and I did that". He was in range of the course record that eluded Simpson on Saturday.

But the 33-year-old has been coming into form with a third place alongside Louis Oosthuizen in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans followed by a top-10 finish at Quail Hollow on Sunday. "She doesn't miss many shots at all, if any". "We were talking about it throughout the round, all three of us".

Former world number one Spieth (68) and US PGA Championship victor Thomas (70) recovered from bad starts to stay alive in the field. Alex Noren (69), Charles Howell III (67) and Chesson Hadley (69) are tied at 9-under and 2016 Players champion Jason Day (67), PGA Tour Champions member Steve Stricker (69) and 2017 Tour Championship victor Xander Schaffele (68) are at 8-under. He's not as likely to win this year on Sunday as he was in 2014 with Simpson galloping, but if we get a repeat of what we saw on Saturday from Spieth (who will likely be paired with Woods), it could be interesting until the very end.

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