Garcia continues to set WCG pace

Sergio Garcia continued to set the pace at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational before play was suspended due to bad weather on Saturday.

Tee times were brought forward several hours due to forecast thunderstorms, but the final group had just finished the 15th hole when the threat of lightning forced players off the course.

At 14-under-par Garcia held a five-shot lead over Open champion Rory McIlroy and Australian Marc Leishman, with Justin Rose another shot back alongside American Keegan Bradley.

And Garcia was soon back into his stride when play resumed on Saturday, picking up shots on the second, fourth and sixth to reach the turn in 32.
“It was definitely a dream back nine,” Garcia said.

“I just started hitting good shots, rolling the putts in and everything seemed to happen. I was just enjoying it as much as I could.”

The 11th was the only hole Garcia failed to birdie on the back nine on Friday, but the world number five made amends with a superb approach to two feet to move to 15 under par.

Asked whether he was in “the zone” at the time play was called off, Garcia said: “I don’t know. I don’t even know what ‘the zone’ is,” he said.

“The only thing I can tell you is I was feeling very comfortable. I was obviously very calm, and I could see what I wanted to do pretty much almost every shot.”