LEMONT, Ill. – Unlike the 5-footer for birdie at the 18th, the 8-footer at 16, the 15-footer at 13, the 7-footer at the 10th, or the 5-footer at No. 9 . . . Sergio Garcia did not miss the can lying on the ground behind the 18th green.
He was dead-center with a kick.
“I played nicely, but I missed a lot of putts,” Garcia said, and to validate that assessment, here are the brutal details: He hit 15 greens but required 31 putts. The end result was a 3-under 68, but it could have been so much better.
Thus, Garcia heads into Sunday’s final round of the BMW Championship teetering on the bubble. Having started the tournament 55th in the FedEx Cup standings, Garcia was sitting T-41 when he signed for a 6-under 207 through 54 holes and was projected to have needed at least a T-4 finish to get into the top 30 and earn a trip to the Tour Championship.
Too much information, too many scenarios, too little time to worry. At least that was Garcia’s view of things.
“If I play (Sunday) like I did today, I will be OK,” Garcia said. “If not, I’ll have an extra week off – which wouldn’t be the worst thing.”