|-14 S Scheffler (USA); -12 MW Lee (Australia); -ten C Davis (Australia); -9 A Rai (Eng), T Fleetwood (Eng), C Ramey (US), C Bezuidenhout (SA); -8 Im (Kor), Hoge (USA), Lingmerth (Sweden)|
|Others selected: -7 Pink (eng); -6 Spieth (USA), Morikawa (USA), Hovland (north); -5 T Hatton (Eng); -2 D Willett (Eng), S Lowry (Ire)|
Scottie Scheffler leads the Players Championship by two strokes after a spectacular third-round scoring day at Sawgrass.
On a course softened by rain on Friday, Scheffler moved to 14 under with a 65, ahead of Min Woo Lee at 12 under.
American Tom Hoge set a new course record with a 10-under 62.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Aaron Rai are five off the lead, with Rai’s hole-in-one in the 17th game of a birdie-eagle-birdie finish.
It’s the first time anyone has done it on the final three holes in Players Championship history at Sawgrass.
The American Scheffler will return to world number one if he wins the title on Sunday.
Historical low score day
The Players Championship is without big names for the final two rounds with Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick missing the cut and current world number one Jon Rahm retiring with a virus.
However, there was cause for excitement on Saturday with low numbers across the course, including Hoge’s historic 62, and the 69.57 average was the lowest ever at this Florida course in the unofficial “major fifth”.
Hoge’s 10 birdies brought him down to eight under, but it was still six behind Scheffler, who traded and shared the lead with Australia’s Lee throughout the afternoon.
Masters champion Scheffler, who started two behind second-round leader Adam Svensson, got off to a fast start, birdie at first and earn an eagle at second.
He went out in a five-under 31 and after a six-par series, finished in style with birdies on 16 and 18, the latter set up by a magnificent approach to the green.
Lee, the younger brother of US Women’s Open champion Minjee Lee, also had a spectacular opener, landing his second shot at first for an eagle and five birdies were added to his card as he reached 13th. tee.
The only flaw came at the end when a five-foot putt rolled around the hole but didn’t fall.