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Fast greens leave players shocked, grumbling at Sawgrass

  • Jason Day of Australia, reacts to a missed putt on the 14th green during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Day made par on the hole. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Jason Day of Australia, reacts to a missed putt on the 14th green during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Day made par on the hole. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jason Day of Australia, looks at his shot on the ninth green during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Day had two double-bogeys and a bogey in the first nine holes. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Jason Day of Australia, looks at his shot on the ninth green during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Day had two double-bogeys and a bogey in the first nine holes. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jonas Blixt of Sweden, putts on the sixth green during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Jonas Blixt of Sweden, putts on the sixth green during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

So much for that soft, gentle TPC Sawgrass.

The Players Championship turned into the test everyone expected all along — and then some — when what tour officials described as a perfect storm of weather made the putting surfaces faster than they have been all week.

Much faster.

Jason Day four-putted from 18 feet. Sergio Garcia and Paul Casey five-putted from under 8 feet.

PGA Tour lead official Mark Russell says the greens were cut twice and rolled twice overnight, just like the previous days. They were rolled again after the second round finished Saturday morning. But he says low humidity, no cloud cover and 20 mph wind caught officials off guard.

Adam Scott says it was not impossible, but it was a shock because of how much it changed.