|Players Championship third-round leaderboard|
|-15J Rahm (Spa);-14T Fleetwood (Eng), R McIlroy (NI);-12J Day (Aus);-11A Ancer (Mex);-10J Furyk (US), D Johnson (US), Okay Bradley (US), O Schniederjans (US), B Snedeker (US), Brian Harman (US)|
|Selected others:-9P Reed (US);-8J Rose (Eng), E Pepperell (Eng);-7R Fowler (US);-6I Poulter (Eng);-5R Knox (Sco);-4M Wallace (Eng);-3T Woods (US), M Fitzpatrick (Eng)|
Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood plod chief Jon Rahm by one shot going into the closing round of the Players Championship at Sawgrass.
Northern Ireland’s McIlroy and England’s Fleetwood recovered from unhappy begins to their third rounds to shoot two-under-par 70s and stand 14 under.
Spaniard Rahm had four birdies and an eagle on the support 9 in his 64.
Jason Day (68) is 12 under, Abraham Ancer (70) 11 under and world #1 Dustin Johnson (69) 10 under.
Johnson is joined on 10 under by fellow Individuals Ollie Schniederjans (65), Brandt Snedeker (65), Keegan Bradley (68), Brian Harman (71) and Jim Furyk (71).
McIlroy is making an strive for his first tournament victory in additional than a 365 days, while Fleetwood is but to use in the United States.
Fleetwood fast Sky Sports activities: “I hit some awful shots early on and made an absolute hash of the first hole after a gorgeous tee shot. That turned into as soon as adopted by unhappy shots on four and into six and 7.
“It turned into as soon as a staunch take a look at of grit and psychological strength. I acquired it round and did some no doubt gorgeous stuff on the support 9. I’m no doubt glad with the draw it completed.”
McIlroy, 29, fast NBC Sports activities: “To turn under par turned into as soon as a gorgeous effort after two early bogeys.
“When I acquired support to level par I felt adore I had settled into the floor. I didn’t force correctly and I will work on that now on the fluctuate.”
After a cloudy and frigid Saturday, rain and strong winds are forecast for the closing round in Florida.
McIlroy & Fleetwood win correctly from messy begins
World number six McIlroy and Fleetwood, ranked Thirteenth, had been joint leaders by three shots on 12 under going into the third round but speedily eroded their advantage with unhappy begins.
The Northern Irishman went honest off the tee at the par-four first and a fluffed chip with his third from off the fairway resulted in a bogey.
Fleetwood, 28, chanced on the fairway off the tee but an errant second and three-putt resulted in a double-bogey six.
One more bogey adopted for McIlroy at the par-five second as he dropped to 10 under but he speedily acquired support heading in the loyal route with a two at the par-three third. Extra birdies adopted at the seventh and eighth as he moved to 13 under at the turn.
Eight pars and a solitary birdie at the 11th on the support 9 demonstrated the consistency that has introduced McIlroy five high-six finishes in his five PGA Tour events to this point this season.
Taking half in associate Fleetwood birdied the second after his opening six but went on to bogey the fourth and seventh to tumble to 9 under.
Third rounds were problematic for Fleetwood – he shot 76 on Saturday remaining week in Bay Hill having shared the second-round lead, while his third-round stroke reasonable on the PGA Tour is five shots worse than his second-round reasonable.
It regarded love it turned into as soon as going to win a long way from him again here but a birdie from 28 feet on the eighth and an eight-foot putt for par on the 10th helped him secure some rhythm. He then picked up extra shots at the 11th, 12th, 16th and 17th, where his tee shot completed gorgeous two feet from the flag on the eminent island green.
“On 10 I holed a wide par putt which turned into as soon as big and I acquired something going,” Fleetwood added.
“I’m gorgeous cosy to win that round completed. I’ve acquired a possibility now and I will get up the next day and strive to salvage that rhythm that I’ve had for two days.”
Rahm’s improbable intention takes him into lead
Rahm, 24, has been no doubt one of primarily the most fixed gamers on this planet in the past two years, winning twice on the PGA Tour and thrice on the European Tour, as correctly finishing fourth in remaining 365 days’s Masters and tied fourth in the PGA Championship.
He made a dramatic switch up the leaderboard at Sawgrass having been eight under on the ninth tee. A birdie on the par five turned into as soon as adopted by but another on the 10th and an eagle on par-five 11th, which took him above McIlroy and into the lead for the first time.
He went on to birdie the Thirteenth, 16th and 17th, where, adore Fleetwood, his tee shot landed gorgeous two feet away. His 64 turned into as soon as the lowest round of the day.
In other locations, world number two Justin Rose birdied the closing three holes to face eight under, alongside fellow Englishman Eddie Pepperell with each and every men shooting 68.
Ian Poulter, who started the day three shots at the support of McIlroy and Fleetwood, slipped support after a 75 that featured a triple bogey on the fourth, where he chipped into the water.
Tiger Woods had three bogeys on the entrance 9 and three birdies coming home in a 72 that left him where he started on three under.