EDDIE Pepperell birdied four of his last seven holes to put himself in contention for a major pay day at the Players Championship.

The Abingdon golfer carded a four-under-par 68 in the third round at Sawgrass to move on to eight under for the tournament and a share for 16th place.

Pepperell, the World No 43, shot seven birdies and three bogeys in Florida.

The Frilford Heath member finds himself seven shots behind new leader Jon Rahm and partners Justin Rose when he tees off for his final round at 4.15pm (GMT).

Pepperell made a strong start with back-to-back birdies at the third and fourth holes, where he landed 16ft and 24ft putts.

It turned out to be an eventful opening seven holes, as he also picked up a shot at the par-four sixth, but it was sandwiched by bogeys at the fifth and seventh.

Pepperell reached the turn on one under, but found the water at the par-five 11th with his second shot and slipped back to level par.

But the 28-year-old recovered well to finish strongly.

The Frilford Heath member picked up shots at the 12th, 13th, 16th and 17th to finish his round on four under.