Players Championship notebook: Maggert regrets three-putts
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Maggert will remember one thing about The Players Championship.
Not his water ball on the famed island 17th hole that led to double-bogey Sunday. Not his birdie on 18, just the fifth of the day at the ultra-challenging closing hole. Not even his runner-up finish, the 49-year-old Texan's best showing since winning the 2006 St. Jude Classic.
Five three-putts stood out more than everything else at TPC Sawgrass.
“I gave away five shots,” Maggert said following a 2-under 70 in the final round that left him in a three-way tie behind winner Tiger Woods.
The best news for Maggert was that his third-place finish at the tour's richest event meant he virtually locked up his PGA Tour card for 2014.
“The ball-striking has been great all year,” Maggert said.
Another drop dilemma
Playing partner Casey Wittenberg and Mark Russell, vice president of competition for the PGA Tour, have no concerns about Tiger Woods' drop on the par-4 14th hole.
Woods hit a high, sweeping hook into the water down the left side of the fairway. There were questions about where Woods took the drop — some 255 yards from the hole. NBC Sports analyst Johnny Miller suggested it was a “borderline” spot. But Russell said there was nothing wrong with it.
Woods conferred with Wittenberg, who said there was “no doubt” that Woods took the drop in the right spot.
“He asked me exactly where it crossed,” Wittenberg said. “I told him I thought it crossed on the corner of the bunker, right where he took his drop. And it's all good.”
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