The Players – Sunday storylines to follow at TPC Sawgrass: New world No 1? An English winner?

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Scottie Scheffler takes a two-shot lead over Min Woo Lee into the final day of The Players; English pair Aaron Rai and Tommy Fleetwood both in contention at TPC Sawgrass; Watch the final round live on Sunday from 2pm on Sky Sports Golf

Last Updated: 12/03/23 12:26am


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What a moment as England’s Aaron Rai makes the second hole-in-one of the week on the iconic 17th hole at The Players

What a moment as England’s Aaron Rai makes the second hole-in-one of the week on the iconic 17th hole at The Players

The Players reaches its climax on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, with a host of possible storylines and scenarios to look out for on the final day at TPC Sawgrass.

Scottie Scheffler takes a two-shot lead into the final round after a brilliant seven-under 65 at the TPC Sawgrass, with Australia’s Min Woo Lee heading the chasing pack as he chases a first PGA Tour title.

A marathon Saturday saw Tom Hoge break the course record with a bogey-free 62 and Aaron Rai post the second hole-in-one of the week at the par-three 17th, with plenty of more interesting scenarios still a possibility at the PGA Tour’s flagship event…

Nick Dougherty and Rich Beem take a look at the best from leader Scottie Scheffler's third round at The Players Championship

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Nick Dougherty and Rich Beem take a look at the best from leader Scottie Scheffler’s third round at The Players Championship

Nick Dougherty and Rich Beem take a look at the best from leader Scottie Scheffler’s third round at The Players Championship

Will Jon Rahm remain world No 1?

Rahm came into the week chasing a fourth win of 2023 and a sixth victory in 11 worldwide starts, only to be forced to pull out ahead of the second round due to illness and leave Rory McIlroy in a two-ball alongside Scheffler.

McIlroy missed the cut for a sixth time in his Players Championship career after rounds of 76 and 73 over the first two rounds, leaving Scheffler as the only player who can leapfrog Rahm at the top of the standings this week.

Scottie Scheffler chips in a stunning hole-out from the rough to take the lead at 10 under

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Scottie Scheffler chips in a stunning hole-out from the rough to take the lead at 10 under

Scottie Scheffler chips in a stunning hole-out from the rough to take the lead at 10 under

Scheffler just needs a top-five finish now to move to world No 1 for a third time, having held the ranking for a week between last month’s WM Phoenix Open title defence and Rahm’s Genesis Invitational victory.

The Masters champion will go out in the final group on Sunday as he chases a second win of the season and a sixth PGA Tour title in 13 months, with the victory offering the added incentive of a significant gap over his two nearest rivals at the top of the standings.

Scottie Scheffler birdie putt from around six feet on the sixth hole somehow fails to drop and the leader gets just a par!

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Scottie Scheffler birdie putt from around six feet on the sixth hole somehow fails to drop and the leader gets just a par!

Scottie Scheffler birdie putt from around six feet on the sixth hole somehow fails to drop and the leader gets just a par!

A breakthrough English victory?

It has been mentioned on numerous occasions throughout the week that The Players has never produced an English winner, although three Englishman in this week’s field still have a chance to create their own piece of history.

Five of the eight English players involved made it through to the weekend, with Justin Rose the first to play his way into contention despite finishing his third-round 67 with a bogey.

Justin Rose says he nearly had a 'special' third round at The Players and is hopeful of putting a great round together on Sunday to put himself in the mix

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Justin Rose says he nearly had a ‘special’ third round at The Players and is hopeful of putting a great round together on Sunday to put himself in the mix

Justin Rose says he nearly had a ‘special’ third round at The Players and is hopeful of putting a great round together on Sunday to put himself in the mix

Rose sits in the group on seven under and still with an outside opportunity to challenge for victory, with Tommy Fleetwood and Rai both two strokes closer to the lead after producing brilliant scoring bursts to each card a seven-under 65.

Fleetwood made five birdies in a seven-hole stretch to set an early clubhouse target on nine under, while Rai matched his compatriot’s total after posting birdies either side of that stunning ace at the par-three 17th.

Tommy Fleetwood is hopeful of his chances on Sunday after a fantastic 65 in the third round of the Players Championship as he looks to become the first English winner

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Tommy Fleetwood is hopeful of his chances on Sunday after a fantastic 65 in the third round of the Players Championship as he looks to become the first English winner

Tommy Fleetwood is hopeful of his chances on Sunday after a fantastic 65 in the third round of the Players Championship as he looks to become the first English winner

Rai becomes the first golfer in history to finish birdie-eagle-birdie eagle at The Players, with both he and Fleetwood looking to challenge for their maiden PGA Tour titles on Sunday.

A shock winner at Sawgrass?

Every previous Players Championship winner has been tied-11th or better heading into the final day, with Fleetwood and Rai joined by a host of other players inside that spot and chasing an elusive PGA Tour victory.

Aaron Rai says his hole-in-one at the iconic 17th hole at The Players Championship felt incredible and is something he will always remember

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Aaron Rai says his hole-in-one at the iconic 17th hole at The Players Championship felt incredible and is something he will always remember

Aaron Rai says his hole-in-one at the iconic 17th hole at The Players Championship felt incredible and is something he will always remember

Lee is a two-time winner on the DP World Tour but yet to enjoy success on American soil, while Christiaan Bezuidenhout – who posted an opening-round 65 the year the tournament was cancelled because of Covid-19 in 2020 – is also in the running going into the final day.

A third-round 66 lifted Taylor Montgomery into a share of 11th and in the group on seven under, but will the American be too far back – given the last 12 Players champions were within three strokes of the lead going into the final round?

Who will win The Players? Watch the final round live on Sky Sports. Live coverage of featured groups, featured holes and bonus groups begin behind the red button, with full coverage on Sky Sports Golf from 2pm.

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