Wisconsin's Steve Stricker in contention at Players Championship

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A win at the Stadium Course would move him to No. 1 in the world for the first time in his career.

You've got undervalued guys like Patrick Reed, who is somehow still at +3500 despite following up his Masters win with a Top-10 at the Wells Fargo Championship-his fifth straight.

Webb Simpson led by five shots entering the third round of the PGA Tour's The Players Championship 2018 today (Saturday, May 12) in Florida.

"It was just fantastic", said Spieth, who played with McIlroy and Thomas.

"I feel a lot of departments are working but my scoring hasn't been as good as I would like it to be". It's busy and there's a lot of people so to go and stay on the beach is a nice release from everything that's going on around the event. "I didn't hit it the way I wanted to, so it is my fault at the end of the day".

"I didn't quite swing it right today, and I didn't quite have the shape, ball flight", said Woods, who made two birdies and a bogey. Add it all up and Tiger turned in six-under 30 - two shots better than his previous best front-nine score at TPC Sawgrass.

The Olympic champion started on the 10th and followed a birdie on the 11th by holing out from 96 yards for an eagle on the 12th - but then mixed three bogeys with four birdies. 4 and 5 to push him 4 under for the round and 5 under overall.

McIlroy had a chance to only lose one stroke, but missed an 8-footer for bogey. The course record at TPC Sawgrass is 63, shared by multiple players; if Simpson could have managed a two par finish, he'd have shot a 61 for a new record.

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"But it was just a fun day".

Stricker said Mickelson's youthful exuberance for the game has motivated him.

"I like playing both places", Stricker said.

"So we have basically taken it back wo where it was in 2011, 2010, when I was playing well", he said.

The former world No.1's approach play was stellar, hitting 15 of 18 greens in regulations despite only hitting seven of 14 fairways.

And it was welcome, given his struggles here of late and this year in general.

Unlike the day's standout performer Dustin Johnson, who hit an iron from the tee and made birdie, McIlroy couldn't resist his attacking instincts at the 18th and pulled a drive into the lake that guards the left side. "I think that's what Pete Dye does so well". "I didn't get off to the start I wanted to".

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