Garcia Heads For Carnoustie Win

Spaniard closes in after brilliant third round; Tiger out
By Greg Atwan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2007 4:31 PM CDT
Garcia Heads For Carnoustie Win
Spain's Sergio Garcia looks at his watch after finishing the third round of the British Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland, Saturday July 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Jon Super)   (Associated Press)

Spain's Sergio Garcia has a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the British Open, after a brilliant 3-under 68 today at Carnoustie Links. Now nine under, his nearest opponent in the finals is American Steve Stricker; Tiger Woods fell back to 15th today. If El Nino holds his advantage he'll be the first European to win a major in nearly a decade.

The 26-year-old Garcia didn't bogey once today, and his only hiccup was a wild shot that hit a photographer on the 17th; the photographer recovered, and Garcia sunk his putt for par on the hole. The BBC reports that a win at Carnoustie would be a vindication for Garcia, who dropped out after round 2 at +30 in 1999. (More Sergio Garcia stories.)

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