NORTON, Mass. – Usually shooting a third-round 65 when staked to a lead on the PGA Tour leads to a runaway victory.
Beginning the day with a one-shot lead over Henrik Stenson and Roberto Castro, Garcia carded seven birdies against just one bogey during the penultimate round at TPC Boston, increasing his lead to two shots heading into Monday’s finale.
“Unfortunately because of the storms last night and this morning, it softened up the course a lot,” noted Garcia, who now leads by two over Stenson and three over Graham DeLaet and Steve Stricker with 18 holes to play. “You’ve just got to go out there and try to play the best you can, and I was very happy to see that my best was 6 under today.”
After struggling somewhat this summer, Garcia is now playing his fifth event in as many weeks and arrived in Boston this week with an eye on simply protecting his position in the field for the BMW Championship. Now atop a leaderboard expected to fluctuate significantly with more low scoring in store Monday, the Spaniard plans to focus simply on the elements within his control during the final round.
“At the end of the day, the only thing I can do is go out there and give it my best. Sometimes my best is quite good, and sometimes it’s not that good,” noted Garcia, who is currently 55th in the FedEx Cup standings but could jump as high as third with a victory Monday. “Hopefully I’ll be able to believe in it the way I’ve been believing this whole weekend. If I’m able to do that, I should have a chance, a good chance of winning tomorrow.”