PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 13: Martin Laird of Scotland hits his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 13, 2012 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The Players Championship 2012: Martin Laird Takes 2nd Place At TPC Sawgrass

Martin Laird made a run at the 2012 Players Championship title on Sunday, but he came up two strokes short against Matt Kuchar.

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The Players Championship 2012 Winner: Matt Kuchar Wins At TPC Sawgrass By 2 Strokes

Matt Kuchar picked up his fourth career PGA Tour victory on Sunday when his 13-under score gave him the victory at the 2012 Players Championship, the biggest win of his career. He previously won the Honda Classic (2002), the Turning Stone Resort Championship (2009) and the Barclays (2010).

At the Barclays, Kuchar defeated Martin Laird for the victory there. At TPC Sawgrass on Sunday, Kuchar held off Laird by two strokes. There were four tied for second place at 11-under.

Kuchar had reach 14-under, but a bogey on Hole 17 dropped him to 13-under. In all, Kuchar made four birdies and two bogeys on Sunday.

Laird, a Colorado St. alum, gave Kuchar and the rest a good fight on Sunday with a 5-under final round. However, bogies on Holes 14 and 18 saw him lose a tie for the lead and then ultimately sole possession of second place (he made birdie on 16 to temporarily move back to 12-under).

Here is a look at the top 10 (complete leaderboard here):

Pos. Name Total R4 R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Strokes
1 Matt Kuchar -13 -2 68 68 69 70 275
T2 Martin Laird -11 -5 65 73 72 67 277
T2 Zach Johnson -11 -4 70 66 73 68 277
T2 Rickie Fowler -11 -2 72 69 66 70 277
T2 Ben Curtis -11 -4 68 71 70 68 277
6 Luke Donald -9 -6 72 69 72 66 279
T7 Bo Van Pelt -8 -3 71 70 70 69 280
T7 Jhonattan Vegas -8 -2 68 74 68 70 280
T7 Kevin Na -8 4 67 69 68 76 280
T10 David Toms -7 -7 69 74 73 65 281

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2012 Players Championship: Tee Times, Pairings, TV Schedule For Sunday

Martin Laird enters the final day of the 2012 Players Championship six strokes behind leader Kevin Na, who currently stands atop the leaderboard at 12-under. Laird shot even-par in Round 3 to remain at 6-under for the tournament, which means he needs to have the round of his life or a collapse by those in front of him to win at Sawgrass. Or maybe some combination of both.

Tiger Woods also shot even-par on Saturday and is at 2-under. Phil Mickelson is in slightly better shape at 4-under and going 2-under in Round 3.

The Golf Channel begins coverage at 10:00 a.m. MT and lasts until noon. At that point, NBC will have live coverage until a winner emerges.

Here are the start times for all of the golfers listed as top 10 or better (full tee times here):

Time (MT)
Players
11:39 a.m. Charlie Wi Sergio Garcia
11:50 a.m. Bo Van Pelt Blake Adams
12:01 p.m. Martin Laird Johnson Wagner
12:12 p.m. Brian Davis Jonathan Byrd
12:23 p.m. Zach Johnson Jhonattan Verg
12:34 p.m. Rickie Fowler Ben Curtis
12:45 p.m. Kevin Na Matt Kuchar

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2012 Players Championship Scores: Martin Laird Tied For Lead With Ian Poulter At 7-Under

If Round 1 of the 2012 Players Championship is any indication, former Colorado St. Rams golfer Martin Laird will make a run for victory at TPC Sawgrass in the 2012 Players Championship. Laird is tied with Ian Poulter at 7-under (65) for the tournament lead.

Poulter's round was over by the time Laird made the late charge up the leaderboard. Starting his day on Hole No. 10 with Stewart Cink and Charles Howell III, Laird made par on the hole and then fired off two-straight birdies. He made par on the next three holes before making back-to-back birdies on Holes 16 and 17.

After a bogey-free first nine holes, Laird followed that up with three more birdies (Holes 2, 5 and 9). That completed a bogey-free line.

Other notable scores include Phil Mickelson at 1-under, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy at even-par and Tiger Woods at 2-over.

Here is the top 10 of the standings after Round 1 (complete standings):

Pos. Name Total Fri. Start Strokes
T1 Ian Poulter -7 1:39pm* 65
T1 Martin Laird -7 8:08am 65
3 Blake Adams -6 12:25pm* 66
T4 Kevin Na -5 1:18pm 67
T4 Ben Crane -5 1:28pm* 67
T6 Michael Thompson -4 12:46pm* 68
T6 Harrison Frazar -4 1:18pm* 68
T6 Matt Kuchar -4 1:39pm 68
T6 Kevin Stadler -4 7:15am* 68
T6 Jhonattan Vegas -4 8:08am* 68

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