Sergio moves four clear on home course

By Sports NetworkOctober 25, 2008, 4:00 pm
Castello Masters CASTELLON, Spain ' Taking advantage of playing on his home course, Sergio Garcia fired his second 5-under 66 of the week to move four strokes clear of the field after Saturday's third round of the inaugural Castello Masters Costa Azahar.
Garcia, who shared the lead after round two, completed 54 holes at 16-under-par 197. Garcia has six European Tour wins, but hasn't won on this tour since the 2005 European Masters.
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Sergio Garcia is looking for his first win since The Players in May. (Getty Images)
'I am trying as hard as everybody else is, but fortunately for me I'm doing a little better than everybody else is,' Garcia conceded. 'We're here to try to win, like everyone else is, and I'm just happy to be in a good position at the moment.'
Soren Kjeldsen, who shared the lead after each of the first two rounds, posted a 1-under 70 and is tied for second place at minus-12. He was joined there by Simon Dyson (68), Peter Hedblom (68) and David Lynn (68).
Richard Finch, who shared the second-round lead with Kjeldsen and Garcia, managed an even-par 71. That dropped him into a share of sixth at 11-under-par 202, where he stands alongside Stephen Gallacher (65).
Garcia flew up the leaderboard on the front nine. He carded his first birdie on the par-3 second. After a pair of pars, Garcia caught fire.
The Spaniard connected on birdie chances at five and six to move to 14 under. Garcia then birdied the seventh and eighth, both for the third straight round. The birdie on eight was his best of the day as he holed out from a greenside bunker.
Around the turn, Garcia coughed up his lead. He stumbled to a bogey on the 10th and dropped another shot at 11 and he was joined in the lead at 14 under by Finch. However, Finch dropped three shots in four holes from the 12th to fall down the leaderboard.
For the third day in a row, Garcia birdied the par-5 13th at Club de Campo del Mediterraneo.
Garcia got to 16 under with a birdie on 14. He poured in a 20-footer for birdie at 16, but missed a short par putt on 17 to finish three clear.
'Things are getting better as the week has gone on. Other than a couple holes today, I felt like I hit the ball nicely,' Garcia said. 'I'm just looking forward to doing the same thing (Sunday).'
Kjeldsen parred the first 10 holes before carding two birdies and a bogey over the final eight for his 70.
Dyson moved up the leaderboard with three birdies on the front side. After posting his fourth birdie of the day on the 13th, he gave that shot back when he bogeyed No. 15.
Hedblom has taken advantage of the same holes all week it seems. He birdied the first and 13th for the third straight day. He birdied eight, 10 and 14 for the second times in three days, but also bogeyed No. 6 for the second day in a row. Hedblom also stumbled to a bogey on 11.
Lynn was keeping pace with Garcia as he birdied four of the first 13 holes to move to 13 under. He parred five straight from the 14th before tripping to a bogey at the last.
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    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

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    "Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

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    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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