FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Sergio Garcia is 18 holes away from his second win on the PGA TOUR this week.
Garcia shot a 2-under 69 in Saturday’s third round at The Barclays and will take a one-shot lead going into Sunday’s final round of the FedExCup Playoffs opener.
On Monday, Garcia won the weather-delayed Wyndham Championship, his first win on the PGA TOUR in four years.
On Saturday, he survived a tough afternoon at the Bethpage State Park Black Course. Players with late tee times battled tough putting conditions. Tiger Woods suffered four three-putts, the most in any single round of his career, in shooting a 1-over 72.
“Some of the fastest greens I’ve ever played,” Garcia said.
Garcia is 10 under through 54 holes. His closest competitor is his 36-hole co-leader, Nick Watney, who shot even-par 71 and is two strokes back at 8 under.
Midway through the third round, Watney held a two-shot lead but suffered three bogeys in a five-hole stretch. He had moved with one stroke of Garcia’s lead after chipping in for birdie at the par-3 17th. It was the only birdie recorded on that hole in the third round.
But he bogeyed the 18th hole when his birdie putt hit the hole and rolled 11 feet past. He failed to make the comebacker.
“This course just kind of beats you up,” Watney said. “There’s no letdown.”
Garcia and Watney will be in Sunday’s final pairing for the second consecutive day.
In third place is Kevin Stadler, who finished his round of 6-under 65 hours before the leaders. Stadler is 7 under after starting the day 41st on the leaderboard.
Brandt Snedeker and Bob Estes are tied for fourth at 6 under.
Then comes a large group of players within two more strokes of the lead. That includes Woods and Phil Mickelson, who are each at 4 under.
- Sergio Garcia
- PGA TOUR
- Tiger Woods
- Nick Watney