Garcia leads Rory by 3 at Firestone

Third Round – World Golf Championships –WGC-Bridgestone Invitational –Firestone Country Club – Akron, Ohio –

Spain’s Sergio Garcia began and ended the third round with a three-shot lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Garcia (14-under overall) entered the week as a 25-to-1 betting selection at heading into Firestone Country Club in Akron. He managed a 3-under-67 – waiting a few hours through a long weather delay late in the round.

Open champion Rory McIlroy is alone in second at 8-under and just three back with 18 holes to play. A streaky player, McIlroy continues to ride a hot driver.

Marc Leishman, at 9-under, sits third, while Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley and Justin Rose are T-4 at 8-under. Both Scott and Keegan are past champions here, but will need rounds in the low 60s Sunday and help to claim victory. Rose shot even-par Saturday failing to make a move at Garcia.

Scott and Hideki Matsuyama carded the rounds of the day with 65s. Defending champion Tiger Woods struggled much of the round hitting just 2 of the first 10 Greens In Regulation before settling for a 1-over-72. He is

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