PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Alex Cejka made a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole to end a wild and steamy Saturday at The Players Championship that left yet another surprising development: Tiger Woods in the final group.

Cejka kept out of the water over the closing holes and wound up with an even-par 72 to build a five-shot lead, the largest after three rounds in the 36 years of this prestigious event.

But the work might just be starting. He has a date Sunday in the final group with the world’s No. 1 player.

Michelob Ultra Open

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) – Lindsey Wright shot a 7-under 64, and Cristie Kerr had a 66 to share the third-round lead in Michelob Ultra Open, while top-ranked Lorena Ochoa had a 74 to drop five strokes back.

Ochoa opened with rounds of 64 and 65 to take a three-stroke lead into the third round. She had only two birdies and made a double bogey at the par-4 14th.

Wright, from Australia, and Kerr, the 2005 winner, had 15-under 198 totals on Kingsmill’s River Course. In-Kyung Kim (67) was a stroke back, Song-Hee Kim (68) was 13 under, and Wendy Ward (67) and Natalie Gulbis (68) joined Ochoa at 10 under.

Italian Open

TURIN, Italy (AP) – Argentina’s Daniel Vancsik shot a 2-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over Finland’s Roope Kakko into the final round of the Italian Open.

The round was suspended for nearly 4 hours because of a thunderstorm, and Vancsik bogeyed two of his last three holes when play resumed. He had an 11-under 202 total.

Kakko shot a 68. John Daly was tied for 11th at 6 under after a 69.


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