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Garcia leads in Thailand with girlfriend on bag

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Earlier this week, some may have questioned the decision by Sergio Garcia to have his girlfriend, Katharina Boehm, caddie for him at the Thailand Golf Championship.

After a second consecutive 7-under 65 gave the Spaniard a four-shot lead heading into the final round, those doubts have largely been silenced.

"It's great to have her around, forget about having her on the bag this week," said Garcia, who sits at 18-under 198 after three rounds. "Just a very positive person, a lot of good energy, that's what I love about her, and it's great to be able to go through this with her."

Garcia notched eight birdies during the third round and is hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy by claiming his first worldwide win of the year in the closing days of 2013. To do so he'll need to remain ahead of a pair of players with notable victories this year, as FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai winner Henrik Stenson sits in a tie for second while U.S. Open champ Justin Rose is in fourth, five shots off the pace.

"It's going to take some golf to catch him tomorrow. I know he's desperate to get his hands on a trophy," Stenson said of Garcia, who last won at the 2012 Wyndham Championship. "He's played well this year but has not managed to win anything. I'll try to challenge and see what happens."