FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Sergio Garcia, who announced on Friday that he will be skipping next week's Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, will take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Barclays as he looks for his second straight win on the PGA Tour.
Garcia, who won last week's Wyndham Championship, shot a third-round 69 at Bethpage Black and at 10 under par leads Nick Watney (71) by two. Kevin Stadler had the low round of the day, a 65 that pushed him to 7 under and into third.
Because he's already played four weeks in a row -- and is now on pace to qualify for the Tour Championship -- Garcia said he needed a week off before the stretch run of the final two playoff events, followed by the Ryder Cup.
Of course, the game-within-the-game tomorrow will be who plays their way into the top 100 on the FedEx Cup points list and qualifies for the Deutsche Bank Championship. Currently, five players who arrived here outside the top 100 are projected to jump inside the number: Bob Estes (No. 103 to start the week), David Hearn (108), Jonas Blixt (101), Tommy Gainey (102), and Graham DeLaet (106) have positioned themselves through three rounds to qualify for Boston.
One round awaits. For Garcia, Watney, and everybody else jockeying for playoff position.