GOLF: This time, Garcia leads McIlroy
Sergio Garcia still had a three-shot lead when the third round finally ended Saturday at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
British Open champion Rory McIlroy made it feel a little smaller.
Garcia, who stretched his lead to as many as six shots before thunderstorms halted play for just over three hours, closed with three good pars for a 3-under 67. Playing in the group ahead of him, McIlroy finished with two big birdies for a 66 to get into the final group.
That sets up a replay of the British Open two weeks ago, only with the roles reversed. McIlroy had a six-shot lead going into the final round at Hoylake. Garcia, playing in the group ahead, made a spirited run at McIlroy and got within two shots late in the round until he faltered. This time, it’s McIlroy who has to do the chasing.
Garcia was at 14-under 196.
McIlroy hit a gorgeous drive down the uphill 17th that left him a sand wedge into 12 feet, which he converted for a birdie. He holed a 35-foot birdie putt on the last hole, giving it a little body English as it fell, knowing what it meant.
Marc Leishman had a 68 and was five shots behind.
The race won’t feature defending champion Tiger Woods. The eight-time winner at Firestone made only one birdie — he failed to birdie a par 5 for the second straight day — and shot 72. He was 15 shots behind.
PGA: Geoff Ogilvy got up-and-down for birdie from a greenside bunker on the par-5 closing hole to take a three-stroke lead in the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nev.
In the modified Stableford event, players receive eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse.
Ogilvy, the Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, had seven birdies and two bogeys in a 12-point round at Montreux to push his total to 35. He’s making his first appearance in the event since 2002 after failing to qualify for the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational.
Nick Watney, the leader after each of the first two rounds, was tied for second with Jason Allred. Watney scored six points, and Allred had 14.
Brandon Steele was fourth with 30 points after a 10-point round.
John Mallinger, Lee Janzen and David Lingmerth had 28 points. Mallinger had a hole-in-one on No. 11 in a 19-point day. He used a 9-iron on the 155-yard hole.
CHAMPIONS: Kenny Perry eagled the last hole after waiting out a thunderstorm to take a one-shot lead Saturday after the second round of the Champions Tour’s 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn.
Perry shot a 9-under 63 to reach 16-under 128 at TPC Twin Cities.
The six-time senior winner birdied the par-3 17th and was on the green on the par-5 18th when play was stopped for the thunderstorm. After a two-hour delay, he made the 8-foot eagle putt.
First-round leader Marco Dawson was second after a 66.
Bernhard Langer, Gary Hallberg, Jeff Maggert and Gene Sauers were 13 under. Langer, coming off a record-breaking victory in the Senior British Open, and Maggert shot 67, and Hallberg and Sauers had 65s.