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Alex Cejka doesn’t sound as if he’s intimated by his playing partner in the final round of the Players Championship. “You know, when I played with him in the last round of the British Open, I beat him. Of course it's a couple years back. We'll see,” he said. “It's going to be a little bit more pressure than if I played with Kevin Na or whoever else is at 6-under. But I have to go out there and do my job.”
Its been a while since Tiger has been seen towards the top of the leader board at Sawgrass. He hasn’t posted a top-10 in a few years, but it could be argued that this is the best he’s played at this event in some time. “I think so,” said Woods. The change in dates for the event, which has allowed the course to play differently was the chief reason he cited for his improved play in Ponte Vedra. “I can certainly sense a change,” Woods said after his third round. “It's nice to get back out here and play a golf course this fast, I really enjoy it. I think this is how we've always thought this golf course should be played is hard and fast. And it's playing that way. Even the guys back in '99 when David (Duval) won, the guys weren't really complaining it was hard and fast. We like that. We just don't like it when it's super soft and picking up mud balls.”
Even with a five shot lead over a number of players, including the world’s #1, Cejka could be this year’s Paul Goydos. “Last week I didn't know if I was going to play here. It's a big bonus being in this position sitting here three days in a row,” he said. Its the first time for Cejka to be sitting on a lead after three rounds on the PGA Tour, let alone what many players consider to be the fifth major. “I've never had a five-shot lead,” he acknowledged. “It's nice to have a cushion like this. There is no guarantee, but I'd rather be five ahead than two behind and playing still with him I'm going to go out there and try my best, and if I should make it, I think it would be the best day in my career so far,” he added. He is also going to borrow a page out of Tiger’s playbook for the final round. “I'm wearing a red shirt myself and black pants,” he said with a laugh, “so hopefully it works for me, too.”