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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLA. (AP) - Lee Westwood swung and missed on Moving Day at The Players Championship.
Westwood double-bogeyed two of his first four holes to open the third round Saturday, the first one coming after he whiffed trying to make contact with his second shot that had nestled close to a pine tree. Westwood’s club scraped the tree on his downswing, causing him to miss the ball by at least 6 inches.
He also doubled the par-4 fourth thanks to an errant chip. He was the only golfer to play the first 36 holes at TPC Sawgrass without a bogey.
He wasn’t the only one who fell from the leaderboard during a lightning-delayed round that was eventually halted because of darkness.
Playing partner Kevin Chappell had six bogeys and a birdie through 15 holes, fading from a tie for second to a tie for 26th. Matt Kuchar was 7-under on the first tee, but followed three consecutive bogeys with a double at the par-4 fifth that saw him hit twice from the same bunker. Kuchar shot a 3-over 75 in considerably windier conditions than the first two days at TPC Sawgrass.
Charles Howell III endured an equally disappointing round, bogeying five of his first six holes after starting the round tied for 13th. He rallied a bit, with three birdies on the back, but still ended the day tied for 51st at 1-under.
Westwood, meanwhile, was still on the course when play was halted. He was 6-under with three holes to play in the third round.
MAHAN’S MESS: Hunter Mahan had an unforgettable final four holes in the third round at The Players Championship.
It started with his tee shot getting stuck in a tree at No. 15. He followed that with an eagle at the par-5 16th, a frustrating three-putt bogey at the famed island green and a par on the finishing hole as darkness fell at TPC Sawgrass.
“It was the wildest last four holes,” he said.
Mahan managed a 1-under 71 in a windy round that was delayed by lightning and then later called because of darkness.
But those final four holes stood out _ not all for good reasons.
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