Garcia Heads For Carnoustie Win

Spaniard closes in after brilliant third round; Tiger out
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Jul 21, 2007 4:31 PM CDT
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)
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(Newser) – 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.