Tracker: Garcia leads McIlroy by 3; Tiger posts 72

Sergio Garcia during Saturday's third round of the WGC-Bridgestone on PGA Tour.

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An early Saturday start at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational didn't hurt Sergio Garcia, who will head into Sunday's final round with a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy.

Tiger Woods, paired with Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker, struggled Saturday and made an unlikely bid for a FedEx Cup playoffs spot even more improbable.

Here's how it all unfolded on Saturday:

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Update #11: 4:35 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia finds the rough off the tee on No. 17, but manages to get it to the green, about 25 feet past the hole. He two-putts from there to make par at stay at 14 under.

But his lead is now three as Rory McIlroy finishes his round birdie-birdie to finish at 11 under behind a 4-under 66.

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Update #10: 4:20 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia misses a 30-footer for birdie on No. 16 and taps in for par to remain at 14 under, five clear of the field.

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Update #9: 4:15 p.m. EDT

Adam Scott cards a 5-under 65 to get to 8 under on the tournament, currently six off the lead.

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Update #8: 4 p.m. EDT

After a nearly 3-hour delay, play has resumed at Firestone, with Sergio Garcia holding a five-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Marc Leishman. Garcia restarts on the par-5 16th.

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Update #7: 1:20 p.m. EDT

With three holes to play, weather has halted play.

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Update #6: 1:10 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia responds to bogey with a par at No. 15, remaining five shots ahead of the field. The bogey at No. 14 was his first since Thursday.

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Update #5: 12:41 p.m. EDT

A bogey at No. 14 is leader Sergio Garcia's first of the day and cuts a bit into his lead. He's five shots ahead of Rory McIlroy and Marc Leishman. Justin Rose suddenly is moving the wrong direction as back-to-back bogeys drop him to T-4 at 8 under alongside Keegan Bradley.

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Update #4: 12:32 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose bogeys No. 13 to slip to T-2 with Rory McIlroy and Marc Leishman, giving Sergio Garcia a six-shot lead with five to play.

Phil Mickelson posted a 1-under 69 today that has him T-44 at 3 over. Mickelson started with seven straight pars before birdies at Nos. 17 and 2, then finished with a bogey at No. 5 and four straight pars heading in.

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Update #3: 12:21 p.m. EDT

Let's check in on the top five players in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and how they're faring this week:

  • 1. Jim Furyk: T-17, 3 under (even par today through 15 holes)
  • 2. Adam Scott: T-6, 6 under (3 under through 15)
  • 3. Sergio Garcia: Leader, 15 under (4 under through 13)
  • 4. Steve Stricker: T-66, 9 over (2 over through 16)
  • 5. Rory McIlroy: T-2, 9 under (2 under through 13)

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Update #2: 12:16 p.m. EDT

Hideki Matsuyama has the day's best score so far, a 65 that boosts him to T-12. Matsuyama started the week 23rd in FedEx Cup points.

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Update #1: 12:07 p.m. EDT

Adam Scott birdies No. 13 and follows with two pars to get to T-6 at 6 under. Scott is 3 under today, having started with a bogey before birdieing three out of four on Nos. 2-5 to make the turn in 2 under.

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 464 yards

Off the tee: One last chance for his second birdie of the day, and Tiger pipes a driver.

• From the fairway: Tiger's approach settles inside 10 feet; can he end his day on a high note?

• On the green: This one doesn't miss by much, but he'll settle for a tap-in and another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-over 72; T-36 at 1 over as he heads in, 16 back of leader Sergio Garcia.

Elsewhere on the course: Justin Rose moves into second with a birdie on the 10th; he follows with a par and is 10 under. He's five back of leader Sergio Garcia, who birdies the 11th to grow his lead.

Keegan Bradley birdies the 12th hole to get his round to 4 under and pull into a tie for third with Rory McIlroy, whose bogey at the 12th drops him back a shot.

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 400 yards

Off the tee: With an iron, Tiger hits one true.

• From the fairway: Tiger gets this one on the green but on the wrong side of a slope.

Around the green: From about 30 feet, Tiger hits a decent putt but must settle for a textbook par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over; T-36 at 1 over

Elsewhere on the course: Leader Sergio Garcia has made four straight pars and remains 3 under today, 14 under and four shots clear of Rory McIlroy.

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Hole No. 16: Par 5, 667 yards

Off the tee: Another miss right. He won't be getting home in two here.

• On the approach: From more than 300 yards out and in the rough, Tiger gets it back into the fairway for a short iron into the green over the water. He then finds the green in regulation and has 25 feet or so if he's to get his first birdie since No. 5 (which he'd followed with a double bogey).

On the green: Tiger's first look at a birdie putt in four holes is off the mark, and he stands pat.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over; T-35 at 1 over

Elsewhere on the course: Graeme McDowell is the day's big mover, rising 23 spots through 16 holes as he's 5 under. McDowell birdied No. 10 to start his day and added five more in six holes around the turn (Nos. 16-3), but gave one back with a bogey at No. 6.

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Hole No. 15: Par 3, 221 yards

Off the tee: Third straight missed green for Tiger, as he's in the rough less than 30 feet from the pin.

Around the green: Good chip here, which enables Tiger to get up and down.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over; T-36 at 1 over

Elsewhere on the course: Gary Woodland, who won this week last year in Reno, is 3 under today through 11 holes to move to T-7 at 5 under. Amid a solid season (31st in FedEx Cup points), maybe this is simply a week where the stars align for Woodland.

Rory McIlroy's third birdie of the day comes just before the turn and gets him to 10 under, in solo second and four back of leader Sergio Garcia.

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 467 yards

Off the tee: Right side again, as Tiger avoids the bunkers and finds the fairway.

• From the fairway: Tiger takes aim at the pin, but this one goes long and into the back bunker.

Around the green: Two holes in a row, Tiger goes for a sand save. This time his shot goes past the pin and stops inside 10 feet; he sinks the par putt and converts.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over; T-36 at 1 over

Elsewhere on the course: Keegan Bradley and Jim Furyk are 3 under for their rounds, moving to fourth at 8 under and T-5 at 6 under respectively. Leader Sergio Garcia's checkerboard front nine continues with a par at No. 7 to remain 14 under and five clear of Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.

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Hole No. 13: Par 4, 471 yards

Off the tee: On the inside of the dogleg right, Tiger finds the first cut with a little tree trouble.

• On the approach: This one finds the greenside bunker. Not much chance at birdie this time.

Around the green: From the sand, Tiger gets it inside 15 feet and has a fairly long look at par left. That one doesn't fall and he's over par for the tourney.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over; T-36 at 1 over, 15 back of leader Sergio Garcia.

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy catches Justin Rose for a share of second, thanks to a birdie at No. 6 that gets him to 9 under. They're five back of leader Sergio Garcia, who birdies at No. 6 to continue his par-birdie pattern to his round.

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 180 yards

Off the tee: Tiger has the distance right on this one – his irons have been the least of his problems this week – and he's inside 10 feet.

On the green: Another decent roll doesn't fall, and Tiger remains stagnant.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over; T-31 at even par

Elsewhere on the course: Rickie Fowler breaks his string of four pars to start his round with a birdie at No. 5 to move to T-4 at 7 under.

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Hole No. 11: Par 4, 418 yards

Off the tee: Forgoing the driver again, Tiger finds the short grass.

• From the fairway: Two good shots in a row have Tiger looking at about a 25-footer for birdie.

On the green: Good speed but off the mark, Tiger two-putts for a textbook par. Not what he's looking for, one has to think.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over; T-33 at even par

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy has made three straight pars since a birdie at No. 2 got him to 8 under, in third and four back of leader Sergio Garcia.

Make that five. A birdie at the fourth hole pushes Garcia to 13 under, while Justin Rose pars to fall four back in second.

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 410 yards

A day after going 4-for-14 on fairways hit, including only one with driver, Tiger isn't faring much better today, as he is 2-for-7, hitting one with iron and one with fairway metal. He is 0-for-5 with driver. Might be time to keep the headcover on that bad boy.

Off the tee: Misses the fairway here without driver, but has only 130 yards into the green.

• On the approach: From the rough, Tiger finds the greenside collar with about 40 feet or less to the hole.

• Around the green: Tiger's chip gets him close, and he taps in to convert the up and down.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over; T-33 at even par.

Elsewhere on the course: Justin Rose moves back into solo second with a 28-footer for birdie on No. 3. He's now 9 under, three back of Sergio Garcia as the leader pars the third.

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 494 yards

Off the tee: Driver. Rough. On the right.

From the rough: Tiger manages to get it to the green and will have 25 feet from under the hole for birdie.

On the green: Tiger misses the birdie attempt on the left and settles for a par and cards a 1-over 36 on the front nine.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (Even overall); T-32, 12 off the lead

Elsewhere on the course: Sergio Garcia makes a 6-footer for birdie to move to 12 under. That's 9 birdies over his last 11 holes at Firestone. He now leads by four over Rory McIlroy (birdie at No. 2) and Justin Rose (opening pars at Nos. 1-2).

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Hole No. 8: Par 4, 482 yards

Off the tee: Driver. Missed fairway. Rinse. Repeat. This one left.

From the rough: Has to hit a big cut and finds a greenside sand trap.

Around the green: Sand shot runs 11 feet past the hole, leaving a testy par putt.

On the green: Tiger gets this one to fall to stop any further damage.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (Even overall); T-33, 11 off the lead

Elsewhere on the course: Graeme McDowell started on the back nine this morning and makes the turn with a 4-under 31 to push himself to 3 under on the tournament.

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Hole No. 7: Par 3, 212 yards

Off the tee: Well, Tiger can't miss a fairway here. With 5-iron, Tiger comes up way short of the green and finds sand.

Around the green: Tiger's bunker shot lips out and he saves par. Crowd thought he had that one.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (Even overall); T-34, 11 shots off lead

Elsewhere on the course: Sergio Garcia has a great look at birdie on No. 1, but misses the 10-footer from under the hole to end his birdie streak at seven holes. He remains at 11 under, three clear of the field. Rory McIlroy opens his round with a two-putt par on No. 1. Ahead on No. 2, Keegan Bradley nearly holes out for an albatross, settling for an 18-inch eagle make and he jumps up to 7 under, currently tied for third with McIlroy and Marc Leishman.

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Hole No. 6: Par 4, 469 yards

Off the tee: Well, driver again. And, you guessed it, another missed fairway. Way right.

From the rough: Tiger tries to get it through the trees, but hits one and drops straight down. His third shot gets out cleanly, but is 15 yards short of the green.

Around the green: Nice pitch shot to about 5 feet under the hole, which he'll have to save bogey.

On the green: And he misses and posts a double-bogey, which is appropriate considering his drive was 40 yards right of the fairway.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (Even overall); T-35, 11 shots off lead

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Hole No. 5: Par 3, 200 yards

Off the tee: No driver worries here, and Tiger uses a 7-iron to hit his best shot of the last two days, settling about 3 feet above the cup. He stared that one down too.

On the green: First birdie of the day, and a good one.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (2 under overall); T-21, nine off the lead

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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 471 yards

Off the tee: Driver here – why he continues to use it we don't know – and he finds the right rough.

From the rough: From more than 190 yards, Tiger tries is 5-wood out of the long stuff, hacking it to simply run up the fairway and it finds a greenside rough on the left.

Around the green: A flop shot here and Tiger gets it to about 3 feet. Nice touch.

On the green: Nice par save from Tiger here, especially with his first two shots finding long grass.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (1 under overall); T-26, 10 off the lead

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Hole No. 3: Par 4, 442 yards

Off the tee: Fairway metal here and he finds his second fairway of the day, coming to rest on the right side.

From the fairway: From 139 yards, Tiger finds the green, about 10 feet to the left of the hole. Nice shot.

On the green: Technically, this might be a couple of inches onto the fringe, but it's still a putt and Tiger leaves it an inch to the left of the hole, settling for a third straight par to open his round. Missed opportunity there.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (1 under overall); T-29, 10 off the lead

Elsewhere on the course: Matt Kuchar rolls in a 12-footer on No. 1 to move to 4 under.

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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 526 yards

Off the tee: Here we go again. Tiger takes driver here and yanks it left (again) and finds tree trouble.

Second shot: Tiger simply has to advance it, and finds the right fairway about 160 yards from the green.

From the fairway: Easy swing from Tiger, but doesn't get quite enough of it and falls off the front of the green for the second time today. Has about 20 feet to the hole.

Around the green: The chip scares the hole, but runs about 3 feet past.

On the green: For the second consecutive day, Tiger fails to take advantage of the par 5, but this time it is a simple par and not a bogey like on Friday.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (1 under overall); T-28, 10 off the lead

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 399 yards

Off the tee: Iron here for Tiger and he finds the left side of the fairway. After finding 3 of 14 on Friday, this is a much better start.

From the fairway: Tiger puts too much spin on this one and it comes back off the green.

Around the green: From about 50 feet, Tiger hits a nice lag that leads to a tap-in par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (1 under overall); T-26, 10 off the lead

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Friday's coverage

Garcia, McIlroy, Scott bring distance – and channel it

To study Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott in 2014 is to come away impressed with their ability to continually give themselves a chance to score thanks to their ferocity off the tee.

• 5 Things: Garcia leads; Rose continues hot play

Sergio Garcia (11 under; 9-under 61) and Rory McIlroy (7 under; 6-under 64) took advantage of benign afternoon conditions at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Tracker: Sergio Garcia fires 61 to take lead; Tiger posts 71

Sergio Garcia made Firestone his personal playground on Friday, running off seven consecutive birdies to finish his round – and eight over his final nine – to card a 9-under 61 that vaulted him to a three-shot lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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Thursday's coverage

5 Things: Leishman leads; Tiger 4 back; more

With his best round since a 3-under 69 to begin the Open Championship, Tiger Woods carded a 2-under 68 Thursday in the first round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as Marc Leishman took the lead. Ryan Moore, Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel are second with a trio of 65s. Moore and Schwartzel had set the pace early, but find themselves trailing Leishman's 6-under 64 – with a certain 14-time major champion lurking.

Tracker: Leishman leads, Tiger 4 back after 68

Tiger Woods fired a 2-under 68 on Thursday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, sitting four shots back of 18-hole leader Marc Leishman. Woods, the defending champion, had six birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey in his best round since returning from back surgery. He is T-9 in the 72-player field. "I just need to get reps in. It just takes time," Woods told Golf Channel. "It's been building. Today was a lot better."

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Preview coverage

Scott, Woods among expert picks for WGC-Bridgestone

Jim Furyk earns multiple mentions as a contender at this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, although he's not a favorite as World No. 1 Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth are. Check out the rest of our experts' picks!

Woods on his swing: "I can't turn that far"

Tiger Woods not only has the challenge of excelling again after back surgery. He has the hurdle of doing so with a different swing. Different as in shorter. So-called swing experts have made much of the fact that the 14-time major winner’s motion has looked more compact in his six PGA Tour rounds since March 31 microdiscectomy.

What does Woods need to earn FedEx Cup spot?

Because only the top 125 will qualify for The Barclays, Tiger Woods almost assuredly has to have a combination of finishes worth about 400 points to make the top 125 – say, third in this week's WGC-Bridgestone and third again in next week's PGA Championship.

Best cumulative score in majors? So far, Fowler

Though Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy would take what they’ve done in the major championships thus far in 2014 – after all, winning is the goal, isn’t it? – Rickie Fowler has played consistently best. At least according to his scores, because he’s 18 under for his 12 rounds in the 2014 majors. Of the 19 who have made the cut in all three majors, Fowler is the only one with three top 10s (T-5 in the Masters, T-2 in the U.S. Open and Open Championship).

Notes: Bubble boy Watney bets on Reno

Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby combined for 25 starts in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but they’re both teeing it up this week in something called the Barracuda Championship ( the former Reno-Tahoe Open) – Nick Watney is another who is making a rare opposite-field appearance while sitting 124th in the FedEx Cup standings.

Tiger Woods on British Open: "So many mistakes"

Tiger Woods, appearing Tuesday on Fox Sports 1, detailed how he made "so many mistakes" during his recent British Open play. Speaking with Colleen Dominguez on Fox Sports Live, Woods said the troubles were a continuation of disappointing play in his own Quicken Loans National, where he missed the cut. “Well, I didn’t hit the ball very well; that’s just plain and simple – I made so many mistakes," Woods said. "When I first came back at Congressional I made a ton of mistakes there as well. My thought process was off.

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