Garcia in position to grab first PGA Tour win since 2008
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Garcia in position to grab first PGA Tour win since 2008


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Sergio Garcia hasn't led after 54 holes on the PGA Tour in three years. At the same tournament on Sunday, he has a chance to avenge that final-round loss from 2009 .

Garcia takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the Wyndham Championship, sitting at 14 under par. He carried a lead into Sunday in 2009, ultimately losing that lead to Ryan Moore.



Garcia has a lot of chasers, including Tim Clark and Bud Cauley just a shot back. Jason Dufner, Harris English and Carl Pettersson are within two shots. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III is with Matt Every and Jimmy Walker at 11 under.

"It's going to be a tough day," Garcia said. "There's no doubt about it. Lot of very good players behind me trying to achieve the same thing I'm trying to achieve."

The Spaniard has not won on the PGA Tour since the '08 Players Championship, but did pick up a pair of wins in his home country last October on the European Tour. An eighth PGA Tour win on Sunday would propel Garcia back into the top 10 automatic qualifiers for the European Ryder Cup team with just a week to go before the full dozen is decided.

If nothing else, Garcia has likely further cemented a captain's pick from fellow countryman Jose Maria Olazabal. A second-round 63 - Garcia's best round in a decade - likely secured that.

Were Garcia to fail in qualifying on the two points lists and no Spaniard be selected, it would be the first time since the Ryder Cup expanded to cover all of Europe that someone from Spain would not be on the team.

 

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