Rahm storms into lead at Players Championship

Jon Rahm, of Spain, waves to the gallery as he arrives at the 17th hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, M

Jon Rahm, of Spain, waves to the gallery as he arrives at the 17th hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, M

Jon Rahm, of Spain, hits from the pinestraw along the 15th hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, March 16,

Jon Rahm, of Spain, hits from the pinestraw along the 15th hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, March 16,

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, bends over after missing a birdie putt on the 13th green during the third round of The Players Championship golf to

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, bends over after missing a birdie putt on the 13th green during the third round of The Players Championship golf to

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the 12th hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, March 16, 20

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the 12th hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, March 16, 20

Tiger Woods tees off on the fourth hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Be

Tiger Woods tees off on the fourth hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Be

Tiger Woods blasts from a sand trap on the second hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, March 16, 2019, in

Tiger Woods blasts from a sand trap on the second hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, March 16, 2019, in

Tommy Fleetwood, of England, blasts from the sand on the seventh hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, Mar

Tommy Fleetwood, of England, blasts from the sand on the seventh hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, Mar

Jason Day, of Australia, reacts to missing a long putt on the 16th green during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday,

Jason Day, of Australia, reacts to missing a long putt on the 16th green during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday,

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jon Rahm felt like every shot would be good and most of them were as he posted an 8-under 64 on Saturday and built a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood in The Players Championship.

Five shots behind going into the third round, Rahm shot 30 on the back nine at the TPC Sawgrass and surged into the lead when McIlroy and Fleetwood couldn't keep pace.

Rahm was at 15-under 201.

McIlroy opened bogey-bogey, settled down with four birdies but then hit a dry spell of pars down the stretch. Fleetwood took longer to recover from his double bogey on the opening hole and shot 32 on the back for a 70.

Tiger Woods made late birdies to salvage a 72 and was 12 shots behind.