Garcia Grabs Lead In Tour Championship

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Saturday, September 27, 2008. (AP) -- Sergio Garcia enjoyed an amazing turnaround against Anthony Kim in the Tour Championship.

The Spaniard shot 3-under 67 to go from a three-shot deficit on the front nine to a three-shot lead through 54 holes. That leaves him poised to become only the third player to capture The Players Championship and the Tour Championship in the same year.

Garcia is 8-under with 18 holes to go and will play the last round in the final pairing with Phil Mickelson. The left-hander made some long par putts and just enough birdies for a 69.

Six days after Kim hammered Garcia in the leadoff singles match at the Ryder Cup, the 23-year-old American looked as if he would get the best of Garcia again with six straight one-putt greens. But Kim hit only four fairways, and his wildness caught up with him.

His tee shot on the ninth hit a 48-year-old man in the forehead on the fly, opening a 2-inch gash that spilled blood on the Bermuda rough. David Whitfield of Atlanta was taken to a hospital but never lost consciousness and appeared to be in good spirits.

Kim wound up with a 72 and is tied with Mickelson, three shots back.

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