Kevin Na in Position to Win First Event of Year at Players Championship: A Fan’s Take

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Kevin Na will be taking a one shot lead heading into the final round of The Players Championship after shooting a round of four under 68 on Thursday.

Kevin Na

Na has had a good year to this point, with 10 cuts made in 13 starts along with six top 25 finishes. He has really come out of nowhere into contention at this week's event, though, as his last two starts have been a withdrawal and a missed cut. Regardless, Na has played very solidly at the Players Championship this week, averaging over 60% of fairways and greens in regulation hit, with the key for him this week being his putter, as he ranks first in the field in putts per green in regulation. I am not sure if I like his chances to win on Sunday though, as he seems to take a long time to hit the ball on every single shot and with the pressure of the event on the line it could force him to change his rhythm.

Matt Kuchar

One of the players who could surpass Na on Sunday is Matt Kuchar, who shot a third round 69 to put himself one shot out of the lead. He had a good front nine but was really inconsistent on the back nine, following up birdies with bogeys throughout the end of the day. His driving has been a bit inconsistent over the first three days of the event, and I think that will be the main area to watch for him on Sunday. If he hit a lot of fairways, I could easily see him winning the event running away.

Rickie Fowler

Fowler shot arguably the best round out of anyone in the field on Saturday, shooting a six under 66 to put him in third place overall, three shots back. Even though he didn't hit very many fairways over the course of his third round, he hit nearly 90% of the greens in regulation and was able to capitalize upon them with some great putts. It won't be easy for him to follow up a great round with another, but if Kuchar or Na somehow fall back a bit on Sunday Fowler will have a good chance to get back-to-back wins.

Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia. Follow him on Twitter @RyanKekoufski

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