Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (Sports Network) - PGA Tour rookie David Lingmerth made a late charge into the lead Saturday before third-round play at the Players Championship was halted by darkness.
Lingmerth eagled the 16th and birdied the 17th to jump to 12-under par, where he was two strokes clear of the field. He was 4-under through 17 holes for his third round.
Henrik Stenson was in the lead most of the day Saturday, but he carded a pair of late bogeys to slide two back at minus-10. The 2009 winner shares second place with 2008 champ Sergio Garcia and 2001 titlist Tiger Woods.
Garcia had three bogeys and two birdies through 14 holes, while Woods birdied the second and followed with a bogey on the third. Woods, who was paired with Garcia, parred the next 11 holes before play was stopped for the night.
Jeff Maggert, 49, is the leader in the clubhouse at 9-under-par 207. He fired a 6-under 66 for the low round of the day Saturday. Casey Wittenberg, who is 1-under after 17 holes, and Ryan Palmer, who is minus-1 through 16 holes, stand alongside Maggert at minus-9 on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.
Play was suspended for 1 hour, 48 minutes earlier in the day due to lightning in the area. Later in the day, play was halted for the night due to darkness just before 7:50 p.m. (ET).
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