May 12 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- If there’s one thing Sergio Garcia is, it’s entertaining. At least his scorecard was on Saturday.
On a breezy morning at TPC Sawgrass, Garcia made seven pars, eight birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey in a round of 68 ( click here to replay ) that moved him at least to the peripherary of contention at 4 under with one round to go in THE PLAYERS Championship.
“I don't know,” Garcia said when asked how he quickly turned his day around following a double bogey on the par-5 second and bogey on the par-4 fourth. “I guess if I had all the answers, I would have tried to play the front a little better.”
After a birdie on the ninth to make the turn in 1 over, he certainly played the back nine well.
Garcia made birdies at the 10th, 11th, 13th, 15th and 16th. He played his last 10 holes in 6 under.
”The beautiful thing about this course is that if you play well, and you hit your spots, you can shoot a good number,” said Garcia, who won here in 2008 after finishing second a year earlier. In all, he has five finishes in the top 15 here. “The same way that you're a little bit off and you start hitting shots the wrong way, you can post a lot of big numbers.”
Whether Garcia can win his second PLAYERS Championship might depend on more than his score, however.
The Spaniard tweaked his knee prior to his third round and was headed to the trailer to have it looked at.
”That's the most thing that I'm concerned about at the moment,” he said. “It [feels] like a needle underneath the knee. Hopefully it will feel good [Sunday].”