PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Jordan Spieth repeatedly pumped his fist when his 12-foot par putt dropped into cup on the final hole, a clutch moment worthy of celebration. It gave him a third straight bogey-free round at The Players Championship and a share of the lead Saturday with Martin Kaymer.
Spieth was even more impressive when he got into trouble off the tee late in a demanding round. The 20-year-old Texan missed his last four fairways and saved par each time, giving him a 1-under 71 in increasingly tougher conditions at the TPC Sawgrass.
Kaymer held his own for much of the warm, blustery afternoon. He had a two-shot lead at the turn, but failed to take advantage of the par 5s on the back nine. He missed a par putt from just inside 10 feet on the 18th hole for an even-par 72.
They were at 12-under 204, three shots ahead of Sergio Garcia (69) and John Senden (68).