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Garcia grabs lead at Wyndham

August 19, 2012

GREENSBORO (North Carolina), Aug 19: Spain’s Sergio Garcia fired a four-under-par 66 to take the lead after the third round of the Wyndham Championship on Saturday and fuel his bid to play in a sixth Ryder Cup.

Garcia missed the cut at the US PGA Championship last week to fall outside the automatic qualification zone for the Ryder Cup, but he has bounced back in North Carolina to take a one shot lead on 14-under 196 at the Sedgefield Country Club.

The 32-year-old is one clear of American youngster Bud Cauley, who matched Garcia’s 66 on Saturday, and South African Tim Clark who shot a 67 to also end the day on 197.

A first win on the PGA Tour in four years would guarantee Garcia’s inclusion in the European side when the team is chosen in just over a week’s time for the Sept 28-30 matches.

World No 9 Jason Dufner fired the round of the day, a 63, to rocket up into a tie for fourth at 198 alongside fellow American Harris English (68) and former champion Carl Pettersson (68) of Sweden.

American Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III (66) is among three players in a tie for seventh at 199 while defending champion Webb Simpson is still in the mix at 10-under despite poor putting leading to a disappointing one-over 71.—Reuters