Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Willett hobbles out of Players Championship

Willett hobbles out of Players Championship

Alex Noren, a four-time victor on the European Tour last season, bogeyed the last for a 72 and the Swede will go into the final round alongside Garcia on five under, while Francesco Molinari (69) and Garcia's compatriot Rafa Cabrera Bello (73) are a further shot adrift.

The 37-year-old was still four over with three holes to play on Thursday, but he followed a birdie on the 16th by recording a hole-in-one on the famous "island green" 17th to salvage an opening 73.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia recovered from a slow start and found his old form to storm into contention at The Players Championship where a victory could enhance his special 2017 season.

Garcia has had his share of heartbreaks elsewhere, too, but last month broke through first his first career major, defeating Justin Rose on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff at the Masters.

McIlroy was just five shots off the clubhouse lead when he finished his round, but ended the day nine adrift of former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and American Kyle Stanley.

Poulter battled hard to keep a bogey off his card and ground out a commendable 71 to get within three of the lead along with Emiliano Grillo, who made seven birdies in his 67, while Si Woo Kim is well placed on seven under after a 68 despite a big mistake at the 16th - his only blemish of the day.

He made his first eagle with a 55-foot putt at the par-five 11th before sinking a 10-footer at the par-five 16th.

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"I've given him some champagne but he tells me he prefers red wine so he'll get some of that as well", Poulter told Sky Sports.

"My back has got a little bit stiff again, I guess just from obviously building it up and playing through and then not doing anything for three weeks and then coming back last weekend and hitting balls for four or five hours a day", he said, per the Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard.

England's Ian Poulter was a shot further back as he looked to capitalise on retaining his PGA Tour card after fellow professional Brian Gay alerted officials to a discrepancy in the points structure used for players competing on major medical extensions.

"I've told you guys many, many times it's one of my favorite golf courses we play all year, and for some reason I can see what I want to do", Garcia told reporters. "We just hope it's not the same thing, the joint and the rib".

"Today I was able to free up a little bit and hit some really good shots so hopefully I will be able to do more of the same tomorrow".

McIlroy fared the better of the two, carding a one-under 71 to move to one under for the tournament.

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