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Play suspended at the Players

May 14, 2011

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Play has been suspended at TPC Sawgrass due to thunderstorms. Only six golfers have finished their third round at the Players, with Matt Jones' 69 leading the way of those in the clubhouse.

Peter Hanson was seven-under for the day and about to tee off on No. 17 when the horn blew at 1:02 EDT on Saturday afternoon. Twenty-two players have yet to tee off.

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PGA Tour vice president of rules and competition, Mark Russell, said in an interview on the Golf Channel during the rain delay that tournament officials will try to get in as much golf in today once play resumes and that conditions should be playable until about 8:30 p.m. EDT.

Russell also said the tournament will send players off two tees on Sunday if today's play spills into tomorrow morning. With good weather forecasted for tomorrow, he hopes a Monday finish still won't be necessary.

__UPDATE (4:35 p.m.): __Tour officials announce that play will resume at approximately 5:30 p.m.

__UPDATE (5:29 p.m.): __Third-round play resumes at TPC Sawgrass after a delay of four hours and 27 minutes.

-- Golf Digest Digital Staff