It was almost a given that Sergio Garcia would not be able to repeat his nine under par 61 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Saturday, but the 34 year-old Spaniard was able to get back in the clubhouse with a three-shot lead. He will tee it up on Sunday with 2014 Open champ, Rory McIlroy who bested Garcia by one stroke on Saturday.
Sergio Garcia had a career round on Friday at The South Course on the Firestone Country Club where he came close to going birdie for the back nine, and was unable to find that kind of magic again on Saturday, but was able to fight through the weather delays to post a good enough number to retain the 54-hole lead.
The two nice rounds on Saturday came from the World’s Number one, and a kid from Japan.
Adam Scott made some headway, posting a five under par 65 to get himself on the first page of the leaderboard. The 2013 Masters Champ is still six back, and will play alongside fellow Aussie, Marc Leishman on Sunday afternoon.
Hideki Matuyama also fired a 65 on Saturday and moved up 26 spots, but is tied for 10th place. The youngster from Japan is ten back, but should get a nice paycheck before he moves on to Valhalla next week.
Although Sergio is playing very well this week, the problem he has on Sunday is that everyone who is chasing him in the world-classed field, is a top player, and many have major championship wins on their resumes.
If he wants to lift a trophy on Sunday, he will need to keep his foot on the gas, and continue to roll putts in the hole because no one is going to fold the tent today, and give him this tournament.
Look what happened last week in Montreal with Jim Furyk. All it takes is someone in the field to get on a roll, and Sergio’s three-shot lead can disappear in a heart-beat.