Players Championship 2019: Jon Rahm leads the Rory McIlroy final

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Jon Rahm, from Spain, greets the gallery as he arrives at the 17th hole in the third round of the Players Championship golf tournament on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Swing Update Photo / Gerald Herbert)

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Jon Rahm broke his tournament record with a record under 64 to take the lead after the third round of the 2019 Players Championship on Saturday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Rahm started the weekend tied with 10th place, but he scored an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey as part of his mission of the day of the move to reach 15 cents. That gives him a one – shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood as he tries to get his first win in 2019.

Jason Day (12 under), Brandt Snedeker (10), Keegan Bradley (10), Dustin Johnson (10), Patrick Reed (nine) and Adam Scott (nine) are among the other notable players within reach. of the strike with 18 holes to play.

After a one-on-one lead over nine, Rahm caught fire at the back with four birdies and an eagle to overfly McIlroy and Fleetwood, the co-leaders after the second round, in first place.

The 24-year-old Spaniard has just won his worst result of the season after being tied for 45th place in the WGC Mexico Championship, but he was in the top 10 in each of the five previous starts after to have won the Hero World Challenge in December.

A win this week would be the most important of his career on the PGA Tour.

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McIlroy had a similar run of success with five consecutive finals of sixth or better, but he's still looking for his first win in 2019. He opened Saturday's round with back-to-back bogeys, but he bounced back well. to recover a doubled of less than 70.

The four-time champion must have a better day on Sunday to finally make his constant presence at the top of the standings a win. He only hit 28.6% of the fairways in the second round.

Fleetwood has also experienced some early season problems with a double bogey opening as part of a two-man team. However, he scored four birdies on the back nine, to keep up with McIlroy and a shot from first place.

Somewhere else, Tiger Woods did not manage to make a charge on Saturday and does not compete after a draw equal to 72. But he may still have provided the most memorable moment of the day with his antics alongside Kevin Na on the famous Green Island at number 17:

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All in all, it's a very stellar standings, and this should make it an entertaining Sunday, while some of the biggest names in golf will attempt to capture one of the sport's most coveted titles. Rahm will be hard to beat if he manages to match his Saturday performance in the final round.