If history is any indication, 54-hole leader Jason Day will win The Players Championship ... or he won't. History actually says that five players are still in the running for the title. That's one of the things You Oughta Know going into the final round at TPC Sawgrass.
In the 34 previous years this tournament has been held at TPC Sawgrass, the winner has come from five different third-round positions. Thirteen eventual winners have led or co-led entering the final round, but almost as many (12) have trailed by 3-5 shots.
If this trend holds, the winner will come down to Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Alex Cejka or Ken Duke (all four back) or Francesco Molinari (five back).
• Entering the final round of the 2015 PGA Championship, Day was 1-for-7 in converting a 54-hole lead or co-lead. Today, he has converted each of his last four leads/co-leads after 54 holes.
• How tough were the greens on Saturday? The field three-putted 10.89 percent of the greens. The Tour average is 2.93 percent. The field averaged 30.91 putts, highest in any round in tournament history. Only six players went without a three-putt in the third round.
• Ken Duke would be a most unlikely winner. He was tied for 118th after the first round. The worst first-round position by a Players champion is tied for 44th (Justin Leonard, 1998).
• Duke's 65 was 10.6 shots better than the field scoring average. That's the most strokes gained against the field in a round in Players Championship history.
• More putting: Day had 32 putts in the third round, eight more than he had in the first or second round.
• Day is seeking his second wire-to-wire win this season (Arnold Palmer Invitational). The only other player to do that in the last 30 years is Tiger Woods, who did it twice.
• Day is trying to win The Players while he is the reigning PGA champion. The last reigning PGA champion to win The Players was Woods, in 2001.
• Day, 28, is seeking his 10th career PGA Tour win. Since 1980, only four other players - Rory McIlroy, David Duval, Woods and Phil Mickelson - have won 20 times before age 29.
• Hideki Matsuyama (tied for second) is one of only two players under 25 with multiple PGA Tour wins (Jordan Spieth is the other).
information courtesy the Golf Channel editoral research unit.