Sergio García, co-leader kicking with his eyes closed

The Spaniard arrives tied for the lead (-14) on the final day of the tournament, where he seeks what would be his first PGA Tour victory since the 2017 Masters.


Spanish golfer Sergio García delivered 66 hits (-6) this Saturday in the Sanderson Farms third round to add 202 hits (-14) that allowed him to share the first place in the standings with Australian Cameron Davis and American JT Poston, all of them with a stroke of advantage over their most immediate pursuers.

García, 40, made a perfect round at the Jackson Country Club, home of the tournament, with six birdies, including two series of two in a row (8 and 9, 11 and 12). The Spanish golfer was consistent both on long hits and when he made the putts on the green, allowing him to reach the last round with every chance of fighting for the title, which would be Sergio's first on the PGA Tour since 2017 Masters.

It is precisely Sergio's putts that are attracting attention this week. The Spaniard can be seen kicking with his eyes closed, something he himself has admitted he did at Augusta 2017 and in other victories. "I feel like it gives me a little more freedom to feel the hit. Sometimes we focus too much on making it perfect and following it with our eyes. This way, I feel the hit and let my natural ability take over instead of telling me to what to do myself, "explained García.

Davis was the one who made the best round of the third round, delivering a 63-stroke card (-9) after making seven birdies and having an eagle, on the 14th hole to complete a perfect round. While Poston registered 69 shots (-3) after making five birdies and committing two bogeys. Colombian Sebastián Muñoz, who defends the title of champion, delivered a card with 70 hits (-2), which allowed him to add 207 hits (-9) and place himself five from the lead, after occupying fourteenth place, which he shares with seven others players.

The Spanish Rafael Cabrera (-4), along with the Argentine Emiliano Grillo and the Colombian Camilo Villegas, who also made the cut on Friday, walked away from the positions to compete for the title. Cabrera delivered 71 strokes (-1) to add 212, the same as Grillo did, while Villegas recorded 74 strokes (+2) and also shared 43rd place with them.

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