Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Garcia Has Wyndham Lead; but Five Players Are within Two Shots amid a Proliferation of Low Scores

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Garcia Has Wyndham Lead; but Five Players Are within Two Shots amid a Proliferation of Low Scores

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - No lead is ever really safe at birdie- friendly Sedgefield Country Club. The last time Sergio Garcia played there, he learned that the hard way.

Garcia shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take the lead at 14- under 196 after three rounds at the Wyndham Championship.

It's a familiar spot for the Spaniard, who shared the third- round lead in 2009 but wound up finishing fourth after falling a stroke shy of a three-man playoff.

"Eighteen pars are not going to win it," Garcia said. "You have to make some birdies out there. ... I don't have a number. I'm not going to say I need to shoot 4 under, 5 under, or whatever. Someone might go out and shoot 9 under, and 5 under's not good enough."

Tim Clark and Bud Cauley were a stroke back, and Jason Dufner, Harris English and Carl Pettersson were at 12 under in the last event before the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Dufner shot a 63 - the day's best round. Cauley had a 66, Clark shot a 67, and English and Pettersson had 68s.

Garcia - whose second-round 63 marked his best PGA Tour round in a decade - made a move with consecutive birdies midway through the back nine that briefly helped him leapfrog his playing partner, Clark.

Garcia plopped his tee shot 4 feet from the flagstick on the par- 3 12th and tapped in, then followed that with a birdie on No. 13 to move to 14 under. Then, after just his second bogey of the tournament, he bounced back with a birdie on No. 15.

If he can keep it rolling for one more round, he might claim his first win on the tour since 2008 - and strengthen his chances to make the European Ryder Cup team.

"Winning means a lot, no matter what," Garcia said.

Clark might have had the lead comfortably to himself had he not missed short birdie putts on consecutive holes midway through the back nine.

Instead, he'll have to settle for a share of second place with Cauley, who had three straight late birdies. …

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