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Summary

  1. Leader: -19 W Simpson (68)
  2. -12 D Lee (72); -10 D Johnson (69)
  3. Selected: -9 J Dufner (66), J Walker (70), X Schauffele (71), J Day (71), C Schwartzel (73)
  4. -8: I Poulter (69), T Woods (65), J Spieth (65) T Fleetwood (68)
  5. -4 M Fitzpatrick (70); -3 M Laird (70)

Live Reporting

By Alex Bysouth and Andrew Mullen

All times stated are UK

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  1. Until tomorrow...

    Simpson

    Anyway, that's a wrap from us.

    We'll be back to bring you all the action from 19:00 BST on Sunday.

    Catch you then...

  2. Chasing records?

    W Simpson -19

    Webb Simpson has this one sewn up, doesn't he? The American could be targeting a couple of records on the final day of the Players Championship...

    • Steve Elkington currently boasts the biggest winning margin, taking his second Players Championship in 1997 by seven shots at 16 under par.
    • The lowest winning score was the 24 under par carded by Greg Norman in 1994.

    Both on the line on Sunday?

  3. Tiger v Jordan?

    Woods -8 (65), Spieth -8 (65)

    In what promises to be a fascinating pairing, it's the old guard v the young pretender tomorrow...

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  4. 'I haven't looked at the leaderboard'

    W Simpson -19

    Here's Webb Simpson, speaking to Sky Sports: "I tried not to shoot the same score, tried not to protect the lead. I came with the same objectives as the past two days and it was a good day.

    "No matter where I am at in the tournament I hate dropping shots at the last, so this was a bonus - to finish the day with a great save does give me a little bit of momentum going into tomorrow.

    "The game plan is the same as today. I haven't looked at the leaderboard, but I am sure it is nice. Guys will come out firing tomorrow.

    "I have to keep doing what I am doing."

  5. Seven-shot lead for Simpson

    W Simpson -19

    Well, what to say about Saturday at Sawgrass?

    Plenty of low scores to be had early in the third round, with Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth both shooting 65.

    It got a little trickier for the leaders as the wind picked up later on, but no one seemed to tell Webb Simpson.

    The American cards a four-under-par 68 to move to 19 under for the tournament and open up a seven-stroke lead.

  6. Simpson saves par

    W Simpson -19

    This is a huge putt for Webb Simpson. Although he's got strokes to play with...

    It starts on track, wobbles left, but recovers to find its path and drops into the middle of the cup.

    A superb par-saver. The lead will be seven shots heading into Sunday's final round.

  7. Post update

    W Simpson -19 (17)

    That's actually in the sand for Webb Simpson. A fierce looking bank in front of him.

    He plays it pretty well, lofting his ball to maybe 10 feet or so from the flag - a long putt for par.

  8. Post update

    W Simpson -19 (17)

    Some 221 yards to the pin for Webb Simpson as he approaches the 18th.

    He miscues slightly, dropping it short and right into the moguls that lurk besides the green.

    Nerves?

  9. Lee salvages par

    W Simpson -19 (17), D Lee -12

    Lovely tee shot from Webb Simpson. It goes a tad right, but it's on the fairway.

    Danny Lee is home and hosed at 12 under par for the tournament after a relatively straightforward up and down for par from off the back of the 18th green.

  10. Post update

    W Simpson -19 (17)

    So the lead grows to seven.

    And with Danny Lee in a spot of bother on the 18th, it could be more by the time the American makes the clubhouse.

  11. Birdie for Simpson

    W Simpson -19 (17)

    Webb Simpson with the simplest of birdie putts for a man in his form.

    He just taps in, shows his ball to the crowd in appreciation, and heads for the 18th tee.

  12. Post update

    D Lee -12 (17)

    Danny Lee is taking the scenic route up the 18th. A little foray into the trees, a layer of pine straw to contend with.

  13. Post update

    W Simpson -18 (16)

    Right into the meat of the green. And here it goes, trickling back towards the cup... Webb Simpson is trying to hide his smile, this could be heading for the hole.

    It stops short. But a chance to make birdie and re-establish a seven-shot lead.

  14. Post update

    W Simpson -18 (16)

    Simpson trots up to the 17th tee... the rest of the field will be hoping he drops one in the water...as he did yesterday.

  15. The iconic 17th...

    17

    Nothing says Sawgrass more than the 17th.

    The 137-yard par-three has the potential to make or break rounds in Ponte Vedra Beach, and, as the second-to-last hole, leaves little time to put things right.

    Shoot for the island green, and hope it sticks...

    17
  16. Post update

    W Simpson -18 (16), D Lee -12 (17)

    Webb Simpson flops his bunker shot at 16 just on to the short stuff. The American fizzes in an aggressive putt that misses the target and he two-putts for par.

    Danny Lee could put some pressure on with a birdie putt on the 17th. Nope, it just wriggles on by like a restless toddler. He slots in for par of his own.

  17. Birdie for Lee

    D Lee -12 (16)

    Oooh. Something to shout about for the rest of the field.

    Danny Lee is quietly going about his business, and birdies the 16th to move within six shots of Webb Simpson.

  18. Post update

    W Simpson -18 (15)

    Hang about, the live text commentator's curse... Simpson sticks his approach in the sand.

    Game on? Don't get too excited...