Sergio Garcia Takes Two-Shot Lead After the Third Round at The Barclays

Sergio Garcia will try to make it back-to-back trips to the winner's circle Sunday as he heads into the final round of The Barclays at Bethpage State Park's Black Course. Garcia, fresh from winning last week's Wyndham Championship, finds himself two shots better than Nick Watney after 54 holes. It would mark the first back-to-back wins for a PGA TOUR player since Tiger Woods in 2009.

With a victory at The Barclays, Garcia would vault to number one in the FedExCup standings for the first time in his career.

Garcia and Watney played together Saturday after finishing tied for the second round lead. It was Watney, who had the hot hand early as he connected with birdies on three of the first five holes.

Watney had two shots on Garcia after he made the turn at 33, but the tide shifted on the back side as the talented star from Spain got back on track after a bogey on the 10th hole.

Garcia had two birdies over the next eight holes, while Watney suddenly found trouble and found himself with four bogeys. The result was a four-shot swing as Garcia went from two shots back to two shots up at the end of the day.

Watney made bogey on 11 and 12, and on hole 13 Garcia made his fifth birdie of the day to take the solo lead for the first time and move to 10-under-par. Watney bogied 15 and Garcia suddenly found himself two shots up as he headed to the par-three 17th hole.

But things got tight again after Watney made a 35-foot putt on 17 for birdie—the only birdie of the day on 17.

However, Watney followed that birdie with a bogey on 18, while Garcia closed with his fifth straight par to finish at 10-under.

"The course is extremely firm," said Garcia. "The greens are probably some of the fastest greens I've ever played. Just one of those days where you knew it was going to be tough and you have to hold them very tight, and just kind of hope for the best.

Usually when you are putting on fast greens, you have an idea where the ball is going to stop. Today, you didn't. You thought the ball was going to stop two feet behind the hole and it went six."

Watney said, "I got off to a great start, and right around the middle, I made a couple loose bogeys. But overall, I'm pleased. It was very difficult out there. And I'm really looking forward to tomorrow. My putting this week has been the best of all year."

Garcia said, "At the end of the day, all you can do is try to trust the line you pick, and the speed you think it's going to be."

Trust it he did as Garcia, who won last week's Wyndham had only one-three putt on the day, that coming at the third hole, where he bogeyed the par three.

Kevin Stadler posted a bogey-free 65 in the third round. He birdied four of the first five holes, another birdie on hole seven and one more birdie on the back nine (hole 14). Stadler is third at -7, while Bob Estes and Brandt Snedeker are tied for fourth at -6.

Tiger Woods shot a third-round 72 (+1) and is in an eight-way tie for 10th at -4 including Barclays' ambassador Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood and Ryan Moore.

"I played the way I needed to play," said Woods. "I played a beautiful round of golf."

The final round of The Barclays starts at 7:45 a.m. and the leaders, Garcia and Watney, tee it up at 1:40 p.m.