The Barclays, 3rd Round at Bethpage Black, Its Still Sergio in Front August 26 2012
Sergio Garcia/Cox/Getty Images" The course is extremely firm, the greens, just probably some of the fastest greens I've ever played. Just one of those days where you knew it was going to be tough and you have to hold on very tight, and just kind of hope for the best. If you play well, you can shoot a decent score, but as the day goes on, the course just gets harder and harder. No doubt playing in the morning makes it a little bit easier. Even though the greens were still firm, they were probably not as firm and probably not quite as fast. It's just we know what Bethpage Black is all about. We know it's a tough golf course, and you've just got to realize that's the way it's going to be. This will tell you how fast it was, usually when you are putting on fast greens, you have an idea where the ball is going to stop, and today, you didn't. You thought the ball was going to stop 2 feet behind the hole, and it went 6. It was pretty much as simple as that. Was it unfair? I wouldn't say it was unfair, it was borderline. It was very close. It felt like the greens were very close to Shinnecock Hills at the U.S. Open." Nick backed up Sergio's assessment of the tough conditions; " The course just kind of beat you up. There's firm and fast, and then there's this, I mean, this is pretty extreme." The lowest round of the day went to Kevin Stadler, with a -6 under par 65, Kevin is now just three shots off the lead. There is a large group at 4-under par that include Tiger Woods, Louis Oosthuizen, Lee Westwood, Phil Mickleson and Charl Schwartzel, an impressive collection of players who have either won a major or been No. 1 in the world. For the first time in a tournament Tiger Woods three putted four of the greens, the unexpected experience shocked him; "I don't remember blowing putts by 8 to 10 feet, so that was a bit of a shocker."