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Martin Kaymer survives wild finish at Sawgrass to win Players

  • Martin Kaymer of Germany, shows his ball on the second green during the final round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Sunday, May 11, 2014 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Martin Kaymer of Germany, shows his ball on the second green during the final round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Sunday, May 11, 2014 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jim Furyk watches his shot from the ninth tee during the final round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Sunday, May 11, 2014 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Jim Furyk watches his shot from the ninth tee during the final round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Sunday, May 11, 2014 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jordan Spieth gestures at his ball on the first green during the final round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Jordan Spieth gestures at his ball on the first green during the final round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

Martin Kaymer made a 30-foot par putt on the 17th hole and held on to win The Players Championship by one shot over Jim Furyk.

Kaymer appeared to have this elite tournament in the bag until a 90-minute rain delay. He made double bogey on the 15th hole and was in trouble in the island-green 17th hole. His ball stopped a foot from going into the water. His chip was weak and came up 30 feet short. He made the par putt to stay one shot ahead, and then got up-and-down for par on the 18th.

The 29-year-old German closed with a 1-under 71. Furyk shot a 66 and was runner-up for the second straight week.

It was the first win for Kaymer in 18 months.