Player Ranking at the 2019 Championship: Live Updates, Best Scenarios for Saturday

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA - MARCH 15: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his second shot on the 18th hole in the second round of the PLAYERS championship at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course on March 15, 2019 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood / Getty Images)

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The third round of the 2019 players' championship is going on Saturday with Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood sharing overnight lead over the weekend.

After Friday's game, the men earned three shots on goal, against Jim Furyk, Ian Poulter, Brian Harman and Abraham Ancer at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

Jason Day, Kevin Kisner and Keith Mitchell are one of the fencers behind this quartet, but everything could change on the day of the move.

Here's how the top of the ranking gets ready before Saturday and read on to take a look at some of the key scenarios to watch for:

Tommy Fleetwood (-12)

Rory McIlroy (-12)

Jim Furyk (-9)

Ian Poulter (-9)

Brian Harman (-9)

Abraham Ancer (-9)

Jason Day (-8)

Kevin Kisner (-8)

Keith Mitchell (-8)

The complete ranking is available on PGATour.com.

Rory McIlroy wants to end a 12-month winless race

For a player of his caliber, McIlroy has had a barren run in terms of winning tournaments in recent years.

The Northern Irish has not won since coming to the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational last March, 18 months after his previous Tour Championship victory in 2016.

It starts strong in Florida. After shooting down a player under 67 on Thursday, he improved with a 65 on Friday.

After a poor start to the second round with a boguey, McIlroy produced six birdies and an eagle in the 17th minute:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

EAGLE for @McIlroyRory.

He is 1 behind the head. 🦅

#LiveUnderPar https://t.co/TNJV04AMq3

TSN's Bob Weeks put his turn in perspective, while Fox Sports' Shane Bacon had a lot of fun watching him in action:

Even though he may not have won a tournament, it is clear that the 29-year-old has played well.

The players' championship will be won on Sunday, but another good run on Saturday could prepare him to race at the trophy and end his surprising drought.

Can Furyk rely on the incredible second round?

After a calm first round of the Tour's veteran, Jim Furyk, had seen card 71 on Thursday, few people would have predicted that he would find himself at the top of the standings with the approach of weekend.

The American produced the day's round Friday, winning eight birdies:

Mike McAllister, of the PGA Tour, presented an impressive overview of the American's efforts:

Furyk has almost won the Players Championship several times, according to Golf Channel's Will Gray:

What Furyk must do now, if he wants a chance to win the unofficial "fifth major" of golf, is to maintain his momentum and continue with another strong round.

He is unlikely to shoot eight more players under 64, but he can put pressure on McIlroy and Fleetwood if he manages to make up for three shots and maybe even surpass 12 under the final .