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Kaymer on the edge of glory

Martin Kaymer was edging towards a 1m payday in the Players Championship when play was suspended due to the threat of lightning on Sunday.

Kaymer was lining up a birdie putt on the 14th green when the siren sounded to call the players off the course, the Ryder Cup star having reached 15 under par with birdies at the second, ninth and 11th.

American Jim Furyk was his nearest challenger on 12 under and was about to hit a two-foot par putt on the 18th when play was suspended, Furyk biting his putter in frustration as thunder rumbled overhead.

Kaymer's playing partner Jordan Spieth was 11 under after his run of holes without a bogey ended at 58, the 20-year-old briefly taking the outright lead after birdies on the second and fourth before dropping shots on the fifth, eighth and 10th.

Justin Rose was safely in the clubhouse on 10 under after a closing 69, the US Open champion left to reflect on what might have been after a hat-trick of bogeys from the 10th derailed his challenge.

Italy's Francesco Molinari and Spain's Sergio Garcia were also 10 under with two and four holes to play respectively.

Kaymer would be just the fourth European player to win golf's so-called 'fifth major' in 41 years after Sandy Lyle (1987), Garcia (2008) and Henrik Stenson (2009) if he can hold onto his lead.

The former world number one, who started the week 61st in the rankings, equalled the course record at Sawgrass with a 63 in the first round and added rounds of 69 and 72 to share the lead with Spieth coming into the final day.

He matched Spieth's birdie on the second and got up and down from greenside bunkers on both the ninth and 11th to pick up further shots, briefly leading by four shots until Furyk birdied the 17th.