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2019 Player's championship list: Jon Rahm rockets to the top after Round 3

Whew, I'm exhausted! We have a stacked leaderboard after a long, fun day with the third round of golf at TPC Sawgrass. Jon Rahm tied almost the track record and is looking for 54 holes over an elite collection of the world's best ball strikers. I do not know that I expect anything else on a good field like this one, but this year seems to have produced one of the better Saturday nights that I can remember.

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1. Jon Rahm (-15): The Spaniard was 1 during the day through eight holes on Saturday … and then he lost his mind. He played the last 10 in 7 under and had one of the big tee-to-green days in the latest player's championship history. (He also got over five of his strokes from tee to green on nutritional shots.) Rahn had a putt at No. 18 to tie the track record of 63 and nine records of 29. He did not, but an 8-under 64 will Get him in the last mating on Sunday afternoon. As NBC noted, he now shows in the 80s, 70s and 60s in his third third round at TPC Sawgrass.

T2. Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood (-14): This couple played the first two holes in a collective 3 after sleeping on the 36-hole line. They responded credibly but as Fleetwood shot a 32 on the back, and McIlroy made four birdies and no bogeys the rest of the way. The final game was the 70s for both golfers, and what could have been a catastrophic third day was a good setting for the finals on Sunday.

4. Jason Day (-12): Australia is 6 to 8 on putter from 10-15 feet this week, covering a lot of sins. Day did not even play the couple 5s good on Saturday (a birdie in four tries), but he just refused to make some bogeys after the first hole. Now he has a shot at his other players over the last four years.

5. Abraham Ancer (-11): Ancer had a day similar to Fleetwood. He went out in 37 but then birdied the first three on the back nine to shoot a 33 on the back. Now he is in place for his best lifestyle. Ancer wires have not hit at all, but lead the field in birdies this week by 19. He might need about 10 more on Sunday to chase the four guys in front of him.

T6. Ollie Schniedarjan, Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Brian Harman (-10): This group was a collective 23 on Saturday which means that we will probably not see any of them pull off a back -to-back effort in the low 60's and win on Sunday. Johnson actually looked like he was going to stomp his feet late, but he pared the light 16th and missed a short birdie putt on par-3 17th. He will probably need an all-hours on Sunday for his first player to win.

I should also note that we almost got a full time job from Furyk at no. 18 on Saturday when he almost chose to take a full swing on the ball (which would have led him to end up in the water).

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