After all of the self-inflicted problems Sergio Garcia has faced this week, he is on the doorstep of winning the European Tour's flagship event.
Posting a third round of 4-under 68, Garcia is 5 under par at the BMW PGA Championship and four shots off the lead of fellow countryman Alejandro Canizares. Long-time Ryder Cup teammate Lee Westwood is alone in second at 8 under par.
For the third-consecutive day, Garcia birdied the fourth and fifth holes in succession after dropping a shot at the opening hole at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England. The 33-year-old made another pair of birdies at 12 and 13 on the back, as well as a closing birdie at the par-5 finishing hole.
Garcia, who is making his first start in this event since 2000, may have found a new permanent place on his schedule for this tournament because of how the English crowds have embraced him in the wake of his off-color racial remarks at a European Tour function on Tuesday.
"It's getting better every day, there's no doubt everybody has made it so much easier for me," Garcia said after his round.
"The crowds here, I don't have words to explain what I feel towards them. They have been amazing, every single tee, every single green, cheering me on, and I can never pay them back."