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Garcia aggressive in taking charge

GREENSBORO, N.C. — No lead is ever safe at birdie-friendly Sedgefield Country Club. The last time Sergio Garcia played here, he learned that the hard way.

Garcia shot 4-under 66 Saturday to take a one-shot lead at 196 after three rounds at the Wyndham Championship.

It's a familiar spot for the Spaniard, who shared the third-round lead in 2009 but wound up fourth.

"Eighteen pars are not going to win it," Garcia said. "You have to make some birdies out there. … I don't have a number. I'm not going to say I need to shoot 4 under, 5 under, or whatever. Someone might go out and shoot 9 under, and 5 under's not good enough."

Tim Clark and Bud Cauley were tied for second, and Jason Dufner, Harris English and Carl Pettersson were at 12 under in the last event before the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Dufner shot 63, the day's best.

Garcia — whose second-round 63 marked his best PGA Tour round in a decade — made consecutive birdies midway through the back nine. He then plopped his tee shot 4 feet from the hole on the par-3 12th and tapped in, then followed with a birdie on No. 13 to move to 14 under. Then, after just his second bogey of the tournament, he bounced back with a birdie on No. 15.

Clark might have had the lead comfortably to himself, had he not missed short birdie putts on consecutive holes midway through the back nine.

Among those on the bubble for the FedEx Cup, which starts next week with the top 125 in points, Heath Slocum, ranked No. 128, shot 67 and was at 8-under 202; his tie for 22nd would be good enough to vault him into the Cup. No. 120 Jerry Kelly, No. 122 Trevor Immelman and No. 125 Rod Pampling were in position to keep their spots.

LPGA: Mika Miyazato shot 4-under 68 for a two-stroke lead over So Yeon Ryu at 133 after two rounds of the Safeway Classic in North Plains, Ore. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot 1-under 71 and fell to a tie for eighth, five strokes behind. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (72) remained at 1 over and Tampa's Kristy McPherson (71) was at 2 over.

CHAMPIONS: Defending champ John Huston of Palm Harbor shot 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Brad Faxon after two rounds of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y. Huston was at 132 after players completed the rain-delayed first round, then the second.

U.S. AMATEUR: Michael Weaver of Fresno, Calif., made a 50-foot birdie on the par-3 eighth and held on to top Justin Thomas 3-and-2 in the semifinals in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. Weaver faces Steven Fox of Hendersonville, Tenn., a 2-up winner over Brandon Hagy, Weaver's teammate at California, in today's 36-hole final. Fox is a senior at Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Garcia aggressive in taking charge 08/18/12 [Last modified: Saturday, August 18, 2012 10:20pm]
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