Garcia Leads Buick Heading to Monday
Garcia holed two shots from off the green and nearly holed a third at the last for a round of 5-under-par 66.
The 21-year-old Spaniard leads Scott Hoch (68) by two shots at 12-under-par entering Mondays final round of the Buick Classic.
A series of rain delays throughout the week forced the extra day of play in Harrison, N.Y. Sundays third round was the first round to be played uninterrupted.
1998 Buick Classic champion J.P. Hayes is in third place at 9-under-par following a 67. Russ Cochran (67), Gabriel Hjertstedt (68) and Stewart Cink (69) are all tied for fourth place at 7-under.
Tiger Woods shot 68 on Saturday at Westchester Country Club to finish the third round eight shots off the lead at 4-under-par.
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Woods is still feeling the effects of an opening 75. Saturday, he made the turn in 4-under-par 32, but recorded two bogeys to just one birdie on the back nine.
The largest third-round deficit Woods has ever made up to win on the PGA Tour is five shots in the 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
'I'm going to have to to play a great round,' Woods said. 'When you're this far behind, you're going to need a little help. The way the guys on top of the board are playing, it's going to be awfully tough to catch them.'
'I'm more focused on Scott Hoch and J.P. Hayes (than Woods),' he said.
Garcia, who collected his first tour victory at this years MasterCard Colonial, nearly won this event a year ago. He led in the final round, but carded a double bogey on the 11th to fall from contention.
Saturday, Garcia birdied the 5th and 6th hole and then nearly drove the green on the short par-4 7th. From off the green, he flopped a wedge shot that landed about five feet short of the hole and rolled in for an eagle-2.
Garcia went on to birdie the 9th, 17th and 18th to finish strongly after bogeying the 12th and 16th holes.
Garcias bogey at the 16th cut his lead over Hoch to just one. Hoch then tied for the top spot with a chip-in birdie at the par-4 17th. However, Garcia quickly responded with a chip-in birdie of his own to reclaim a one-shot lead entering the par-5 18th.
At the 18th, Garcia played his second shot behind the green, from where he rolled his pitch shot along the edge of the cup. He tapped in for birdie and a two-shot advantage.
Full-field scores from the Buick Classic
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18