PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Nick Watney and Graeme McDowell were atop the leader board after a short day of work Saturday in The Players Championship. The winner of golf's richest prize will have to work overtime.
After storms delayed the third round by 41/2 hours and softened the TPC Sawgrass course, Watney and McDowell came out firing in the twilight to reach 11-under par through only five holes when play was suspended by darkness.
David Toms, the 36-hole leader who had to wait until dinner time to tee off, only made it through five holes. He made all pars, and probably was happy to stop. Toms had birdie putts inside 12 feet on every hole -- two of them inside 7 feet -- and missed them all to stay at 10 under. Steve Stricker also was at 10 under after two birdies.
Only 40 players managed to finish the third round. The third round is to resume this morning, and threesomes then will be sent out in the afternoon. With some 30 holes remaining and so many top players in the hunt, rarely has a final day been this wide open.
"I could see someone going and shooting 62, 63 tomorrow," McDowell said. "I think there's a low score on this golf course, depending on what the wind does tomorrow. But it really has opened the field up a little bit. It's going to be exciting."