Following a third-round 66, Sergio Garcia reflects on his play in the 2012 Wyndham Championship with Doug Bell from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sergio Garcia, bidding to win on the PGA TOUR for the first time since he captured the 2008 PLAYERS Championship, will take the lead into the final round of the Wyndham Championship.
Garcia, who finished a shot out of a playoff at Sedgefield in 2009, fired a 66 on Saturday to move to 14 under. He’s one stroke ahead of his playing partner, Tim Clark, who is also looking for his first win since THE PLAYERS, his victory coming in 2010, and TOUR rookie Bud Cauley.
Jason Dufner, who could take over No. 1 in the FedExCup with a victory on Sunday, is tied for fourth at 12 under with Carl Pettersson, the 2008 Wyndham Chammpionship winner, and rookie Harris English. Dufner is a two-time winner already this season.
U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III, who has won twice in Greensboro already, is tied with Matt Every and Jimmy Walker at 11 under. There are five players at 10 under, including defending champion Webb Simpson.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Davis Love III has already won the Wyndham Championship twice.
Both of those victories came at Forest Oaks Country Club, though. If the 48-year-old is to win a third on Sunday, Love will have to master a course in Sedgefield that puts a premium on shot-making instead of the powerful drives he can unleash.
"It really doesn't (suit me)," Love acknowledged. "Kind of like
a lot of short, tight courses. I hit a lot of 2-irons off the tee
and just try to get it in the fairway but it's tricky and I've done
well at courses like Hilton Head and Colonial.
"I can get it around here but it's certainly not my style but I'm enjoying playing, The new greens are great -- hit good putts, they go in and I've been, like I said, I've been real close to shooting a low score every day."
Love fired his second-straight 66 on Saturday that could have been lower had he not turned a potential birdie hole into a double bogey when he hit his 8-iron at the seventh hole into the creek beside the green. That was the only blemish in a round that moved him to 11 under and within three strokes of the lead.
So can the wildly popular North Carolina product snap a victory drought of nearly four years on Sunday?
"Yeah, if I quit making silly mistakes," the U.S. Ryder Cup captain said. "I played real well this week and punished myself a couple times with silly mistakes or I'd be right there. Scores are going to be low. I just have to keep shooting low.”
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Sergio Garcia, who is bidding to make the European Ryder Cup team, is certainly giving Captain Jose Maria Olazabal something to smile about this week at the Wyndham Championship.
Garcia, who finished one shot out of a playoff at Sedgefield in 2009, owns a one-stroke lead at 14 under with two holes remaining in his round. Rookie Bud Cauley has just finished off a 66 that put him one stroke off the current pace, tied with Tim Clark, who is playing with Garcia.
Two-time PGA TOUR champ Jason Dufner, is finished at 13 under after shooting 63 on Saturday. He's tied with Harris English and Carl Pettersson, who each have one hole remaining.
U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III, a two-time winner of the Wyndham Championship, is finished at 11 under along with Matt Every. Defending champion Webb Simpson is also at 11 under with three holes remaining.
There are 15 players within four strokes of the lead.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The 2012 season hasn't exactly been a whole lot of fun for Justin Leonard.
After all, he only had one top-10 in his first 20 starts -- and that came back in January. Since that tie for eighth at the Farmers Insurance Open, Leonard hadn't finished higher than 29th (and missed 10 cuts) until he tied for fifth at the Reno-Tahoe Open in his last start three weeks ago.
That performance at Montreux Golf & Country Club just may have turned Leonard's season around, though.
The tournament featured the Stableford scoring system which puts a premium on making birdies. So Leonard went out and made 18 that week and he already has 19 birdies at Sedgefield in three rounds of the Wyndham Championship.
The Texan opened with four straight birdies Saturday, making putts of 13, 16 and 13 feet and chipping in from 69 feet at the fourth hole on the way to a 64. It was his third straight round in the 60s, a welcome first for the 2012 season.
"All day I hit the ball pretty well," Leonard said. "... I'm making a lot of birdies and, you know, it's fun. I'm enjoying these last two weeks I've played, you know, playing a lot better and, you know, certainly in a better mindset." '
Leonard will start the final round at 10 under, which is tied for 10th right now. He sees the difference in the last two weeks and the first 20 as more of an attitude adjustment than a technical change.
"I wish it was technical because that would have been very easy to fix," Leonard said with a smile. "Just a little lighter attitude and not just concerned about the score that I shoot or where I'm finishing in tournaments and am I going to make the cut, those kinds of things. Just really being able to relax and just go out and play golf."
Leonard has applied the same approach to the FedExCup Playoffs, too.
He entered the week ranked 157th, but Leonard now has a shot at returning to the Playoffs -- although he likely needs to finish fourth or better. A year ago he missed a par putt on the 72nd hole and finished 126th on the money list, missing the Playoffs for the first time in his career.
"I know I need a top-3, 4 finish and I certainly gave myself a better chance with my round today," he said. "So I just want to continue on the things I'm doing and hopefully I can come out and play a good round tomorrow and see if I can get in there next week."
Sergio Garcia hits his tee shot to 4 feet on the 195-yard, par-3 12th hole and makes the birdie putt.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Consecutive birdies at the 12th and 13th holes have given Sergio Garcia a one-stroke lead at the Wyndham Championship.
The Spaniard made a 4-footer for first of those two
birdies and a 29-footer at No. 13. Garcia, who finished one shot
out of the playoff here in 2009, moved to 14 under and lead by two
until his playing partner, Tim Clark, made a 19-inch birdie putt at
Jason Dufner, who has already finished with a 63; Harris English, defending champion Webb Simpson and overnight leader Jimmy Walker are tied at 12 under while Davis Love, Bill Haas, Troy Matteson, Matt Every and Carl Pettersson are another stroke behind.
Tim Clark hits his 160-yard approach shot to 3 inches on the par-4 11th hole and taps in for birdie.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Tim Clark just missed holing a shot from 160 yards out in the 11th fairway. Not to worry, though. The resulting 3-inch putt for birdie was enough to give him sole possession of the lead at the Wyndham Championship.
Clark is now 13 under and one stroke ahead of Jason Dufner, Harris English, Sergio Garcia, Carl Pettersson and defending champ Webb Simpson.
Dufner is the only one of the group who has finished, making a 35-footer for birdie and a 63 at the 18th hole. He could take over the lead in the FedExCup with a win and join the current No. 1 as the only players on TOUR with three wins this season.
Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, a two-time winner of the Wyndham Championship, heads the group at 11 under. Also at that number is overnight leader Jimmy Walker, Troy Mattesson and Bill Haas.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The leaders aren't finding Sedgefield Country Club quite as generous as it's been in the first two rounds of the Wyndham Championship.
As a result, things are tightening up considerably at the top of the leaderboard. There's a six-way tie for the lead at 12 under and a total of 19 players within three strokes of that number.
Jimmy Walker, who set the pace through two rounds, just hit his approach to 6 inches at the eighth hole to rejoin the leaders after dropping a shot with a bogey at No. 2. Also at 12 under are Harris English, Carl Pettersson, Tim Clark, Sergio Garcia and defending champion Webb Simpson.
One shot off the pace are Jason Dufner, Bill Haas, Richard Lee and Bud Cauley. Dufner can take over No. 1 in the FedExCup with a win on Sunday.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- There's a crowd at the top of the Wyndham Championship leaderboard with Carl Pettersson, Tim Clark and Harris English all moving to 12 under.
Clark got there first, making 5-footer at No. 1 and a 26-footer at the third hole. Pettersson and English, who are playing together, have just birdied No. 5, the former on a 12-foot putt and the latter two-putting from 20.
Justin Leonard heads the group at 11 under, along with overnight leader Jimmy Walker, defending champion Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia and Bud Cauley. Leonard has played 16 holes and is 4 under for the day.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Jeff Overton aced the par-3 12th hole on Saturday on the way to a 67.
"First hole in one in a tourney ever! What a sweet shot. Too bad i didnt win a car."
Actually, too bad the ace didn’t come three holes later where Wyndham is giving away “vacations for life” for a hole-in-one at No. 16. Derek Lamely received that bonus a year ago for his ace in the second round.
Overton is 5 under for the tournament and currently projected 57th in the FedExCup.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Heath Slocum missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship three years ago and spent Sunday anxiously waiting to see whether he remained in the top 125 of the FedExCup standings.
This year, Slocum isn’t leaving anything to chance. He started the week ranked 128th and needed to play well earn a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs.
And so far, Slocum has -- making four birdies in his first 12 holes to move to 9 under for the tournament. Right now, the four-time PGA TOUR champ is projected at No. 120 in the FedExCup – currently the only player moving inside.