Marc Leishman leads Sergio Garcia at LIV Golf Tucson by two strokes heading into the final round | Golf News
Marc Leishman opened with an eagle as he carded a five-under 66 to lead to 11 under; Sergio Garcia shot a 65 that might have been slightly better if he hadn’t missed a par two-foot putt on the 16; Garcia’s Fireballs hold a one-shot lead in tag team competition
Last update: 03/18/23 11:33 p.m.
Marc Leishman holds a two-shot lead over Sergio Garcia heading into the third and final round of LIV Gold Tucson.
Leishman opened Saturday with an eagle and held it together mid-round for a five under 66. The Aussie dropped just one shot at Gallery Golf Club and birdied a final birdie on par five 17 to go 11-under.
“I had a really hot start and then cooled off on the back nine,” Leishman said. “But I didn’t let him get away from me.”
Garcia, whose last win was at Mississippi more than two years ago, shot a 65 that might have been slightly better if he hadn’t missed a two-foot putt on the 16th hole. He was at least able to finish with a birdie on his last hole at No. 17.
Garcia’s team, the Fireballs, hold a one-shot lead in tag team competition. “We’re here. We need another good day tomorrow,” Garcia said.
Louis Oosthuizen is in a four-man squad at under-eight, although none of the others had as much teasing at the end of the round as the South African.
Finishing on the par-four 18th, Oosthuizen’s approach landed yards from the flag and hit the pin, backing a false front into the fairway. His pitch for the birdie was heading for the pin and spinning in and out of the cup.
At this time, he turned away and covered his face. He made the par for a 68.
“He threw exactly where I wanted him, hit the pin and went off the green. Same look with the chip. I thought I had to fit it in,” Oosthuizen said. “I stand over the putt thinking, you better do this or it’s gonna be a bad end.”
He was joined at eight under by Charles Howell III (65), Brendan Steele (65) and Cameron Tringale (66), who never won on the PGA Tour before signing up at LIV Golf last season.
Phil Mickelson had a bogey-free round, birding four in an eight-hole streak that led to a 67. He’s tied for 10th, six shots shy of the lead. His team, which includes Steele, is one shot behind Garcia’s team.
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