Kaymer hangs on to win Players by one

Kaymer hangs on to win Players by one
May 11, 2014, 9:00 pm
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Martin Kaymer won the Players Championship by one stroke, outlasting 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and Jim Furyk. (USATSI)


PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Martin Kaymer produced one of the most unlikely pars on the 17th green at the TPC Sawgrass without ever going in the water. It carried him to a one-shot victory Sunday in The Players Championship that was emotional in so many ways.

Kaymer nearly blew a three-shot lead after a 90-minute rain delay until he holed a 30-foot par putt on the famous island green. He got up and down with his putter from short of the 18th green for one last par and a 1-under 71.

Jim Furyk closed with a 66 - he had to wait after the rain delay to rap in a 3-foot par putt - and it looked as though it might be enough to force a playoff, or even win outright when the 29-year-old German began to crumble. Furyk had to settle for a runner-up finish for the second straight week.

Jordan Spieth, tied with Kaymer going into the final round, made his first bogey of the tournament on the fifth hole, and plenty more followed. He closed with a 74.

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