November 3 2013
By PGATOUR.COM staff
At the start of the day, everyone knew it would take a low, low number to catch 54-hole leader Dustin Johnson at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. Of those to reach the clubhouse at Sheshan International thus far, it's Sergio Garcia who has put forth the most valiant effort.
Garcia carded nine birdies and no bogeys in a final-round 9-under 63 that will give him his first top-10 finish of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season. This, after totaling just 14 birdies against five bogeys in the first three rounds.
Garcia started quick with birdies on two of his first three holes before circling numbers on the scorecard from holes 7 through 10. He added birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 16 and headed to the 18th tee with a chance to match or better the course record of 62 set by Martin Kaymer in Saturday's third round.
After missing his tee shot to the left and his second to the right on the par-5, Garcia hit his third shot out of the rough just off the back of the green and went on to save par.
The eight-time TOUR winner left the course alone in fourth with a two-shot cushion on either side of his 18-under total.
Garcia's 63 was his lowest score since Round 2 of the 2012 Wyndham Championship, which he went on to win. His last final-round score that low came at the 2002 World Golf Championships-American Express Championship in Ireland where he carded a 62.