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Hanson storms up leaderboard


Peter Hanson

Peter Hanson

Peter Hanson

Ryder Cup Swede Peter Hanson came back from a four-and-a-half-hour storm delay to complete a sparkling six-under-par 66 in the third round of the Players Championship at Sawgrass.

After surviving the halfway cut with nothing to spare at level par - he had birdied his last two holes to make it - Hanson grabbed seven birdies in the first 16 holes before play had to be suspended.

He was up from 60th to joint seventh at that point and only three behind leader David Toms, but on the resumption he bogeyed the last after pushing his drive and instantly dropped into a tie for 12th.

There was a move made as well by German Martin Kaymer, who with a top-two finish could reclaim the world number one spot from the absent Lee Westwood.

Before the sirens sounded Kaymer hit his approach to the first to within a few inches and when he returned he tapped that in, then two-putted the long second and hit his tee shot to three feet at the next to make it three birdies in a row.

The 26-year-old US PGA champion was up to joint third on eight under and making his presence felt in a way he has been unable to so far at The Masters. His record there so far is four starts, four missed cuts.

The halfway leaders were only going to play a few holes because of the delay.

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Toms led by one from fellow Nick Watney and by two from Steve Stricker, Lucas Glover, Kaymer, Luke Donald and US Open champion Graeme McDowell.

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