Garcia leading the way

Sun, Aug 19, 2012, 01:00

Golf:Sergio Garcia moved to the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. The 32-year-old Spaniard had five birdies and a bogey at the par four 14th to card a round 66 which gives him a single shot advantage at Sedgefield Country Club.

Garcia is looking forward to the final round of the final tournament of the season, ahead of the FedEx Cup play-offs.

He told www.pgatour.com: "Obviously I would love to be two, three shots better but I'm in a good situation. It's going to be a tough day, there's no doubt about it. A lot of very good players behind me are trying to achieve the same thing I'm trying to achieve.

"Hopefully I'll go out there in the final round, play well again and give myself a good shot at winning."

Those in closest pursuit are American Bud Cauley and South African Tim Clark, who fired 66 and 67 respectively in their third rounds.

Jason Dufner, Harris English and Sweden's Carl Pettersson, who fired a 62 in the first round and is a member at the club, are a further shot adrift.

Dufner, a 35-year-old from Ohio, produced the round of the day. His 63 included birdies at the first, third, fifth, eighth, 15th, 16th and 18th holes.

Overnight leader Jimmy Walker slipped out of contention with a 71, joining fellow Americans Davis Love and Matt Every on 11 under - three shots off the lead.

A 71 did US Open winner Webb Simpson's hopes no favours either, leaving him a shot further back alongside six others.

Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts was two shots further back after a 69, while England's Gary Christian moved into a share of 33rd place after a third round 67 which left him on six under. Scotland's Russell Knox was a shot further back after a 69. However, Paul Casey endured an erratic round which left him two shots adrift of the field on five under par. The Englishman signed for a 77 which contained just five pars.

Birdies at the first, third, sixth, eighth and ninth holes were interspersed with a double bogey at the second, triple bogey at the fourth and quadruple bogey at the following hole.

Although the 35-year-old showed more consistency on the back nine, at five over par his challenge was over.

Collated third round scores & totals (USA unless stated, par 70):

196Sergio Garcia (Spa) 67 63 66

197Bud Cauley 66 65 66, Tim Clark (Rsa) 63 67 67

198Jason Dufner 68 67 63, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 62 68 68, Harris English 66 64 68

199Matthew Every 65 66 68, Davis Love III 67 66 66, Jimmy Walker 66 62 71

200Chad Campbell 71 64 65, Justin Leonard 68 68 64, Bill Haas 68 65 67, Richard H. Lee 66 69 65, Will Claxton 69 66 65, Troy Matteson 64 68 68, Webb Simpson 66 63 71

201Scott Stallings 64 70 67, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 67 68 66, Bobby Gates 69 67 65, Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 67 65 69, Tommy Gainey 66 67 68

202John Merrick 66 69 67, Billy Horschel 69 67 66, Brandt Snedeker 67 67 68, Heath Slocum 68 67 67, Kevin Streelman 68 66 68

203D.A. Points 68 68 67, Brendon De Jonge 68 68 67, Trevor Immelman (Rsa) 67 68 68, John Huh (Kor) 69 65 69, Rocco Mediate 70 65 68, Graham Delaet (Can) 69 67 67

204Chris Kirk 66 69 69, Rodney Pampling (Aus) 68 66 70, Tim Herron 76 61 67, Kyle Thompson 69 67 68, Dicky Pride 69 68 67, Gary Christian (Eng) 67 70 67, Patrick Cantlay 70 68 66, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 67 71 66

205Nick Watney 66 69 70, Alexandre Rocha (Bra) 68 68 69, Jeff Overton 69 69 67, Kyle Reifers 67 72 66, Jamie Donaldson (Wal) 68 66 71, Russell Knox (Sco) 68 68 69, Y.E. Yang (Kor) 67 69 69, Blake Adams 67 71 67

206Kevin Stadler 73 65 68, Scott Dunlap 70 69 67, Nick O'Hern (Aus) 68 71 67, Jonas Blixt (Swe) 72 67 67

207Chez Reavie 67 69 71, Charles Howell III 67 69 71, Derek Lamely 69 68 70, Ryuji Imada (Jpn) 67 70 70, David Mathis 63 71 73, Ryan Moore 71 68 68, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 67 71 69, Josh Teater 67 71 69

208Brendan Steele 72 65 71, Jerry Kelly 72 67 69, Cameron Beckman 73 66 69, Troy Kelly 71 68 69

209Charlie Wi (Kor) 72 67 70, Ben Kohles 72 67 70, Camilo Villegas (Col) 72 67 70, Kevin Kisner 68 71 70

210Chris Stroud 68 70 72, Arjun Atwal (Ind) 66 69 75

212Jason Kokrak 66 69 77, Tom Pernice Jnr. 70 68 74

213Jeff Maggert 68 71 74, Billy Mayfair 69 70 74

215Paul Casey (Eng) 68 70 77

WD: Tom Gillis 64 70, Lucas Glover 68 69

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