Sergio Garcia could be forgiven if he wound up in the middle of the pack or even the bottom of the leaderboard at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation. Hosting an event like this means lots of time doing anything but concentrating golf.
Sergio Garcia clearly thinks otherwise.
The 2017 Masters champ fired a 3-under 68 to take a 1-stroke lead through 54 holes in Sotogrande, Spain on Saturday.
Ranked No. 2 in the Race to Dubai standings, Garcia overcame three bogeys with six birdies to jump to 8-under for the tournament.
“I’m going to go out there tomorrow and try to post another under par round and see what happens. Good rounds are possible there but they have to be spot on,” Garcia said. “It’s still a long way tomorrow to come so we can’t get too much ahead of ourselves.”
He leads England’s Daniel Brooks by a single stroke. Brooks erupted for a 7-under 64, the best round of the tournament, on Saturday. Brooks was actually on pace for even grander heights, recording seven birdies through 11 holes to sit at 7-under with seven holes to play. He reached 8-under twice with birdies on 15 and 17 but bogeys on 16 and 18 kept him from tying or taking the lead.
The last four holes have vexed Brooks throughout the tournament. He double-bogeyed 18 on Thursday, double-bogeyed 15 and bogeyed 16 on Friday and had two bogeys in the final three holes on Saturday.
After having at least a share of the lead through the first two rounds, the Netherlands’ Joost Luiten fell to third with an even-par 71. After racking up eight birdies and an eagle in the first two rounds Luiten managed just three birdies against three bogeys on Saturday.