Mr. 30

Sergio Garcia birdied No. 18, his ninth hole of the day, to shoot a 6-under 30 on the back nine.

He’s headed to the easy par-5 first hole at 4 under, just four strokes back.

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Sergio surges

Sergio Garcia, who was 2 over through three rounds and started his final round on the back nine, was 5 under through his first seven holes to move into a tie for 11th place.

Garcia eagled the par-5 11th hole, holed his second shot on the par-4 15th for another eagle and birdied the par-3 16th. He settled for a par 5 on No. 17 and is playing the 18th before making the turn to the front nine.

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Badds start

Defending champion Aaron Baddeley made a par on the first hole Sunday, the only player among the top 20 on the leaderboard not to take advantage of the short par-5 by making a birdie or eagle.
Bo Van Pelt, Kyle Stanley and J.B. Holmes each made eagle-3s, while the rest of the top 20 made birdie.

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High marks

The NTO’s third-round lead of 7 under, shared by Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, is the highest at the event since 1996, when Neal Lancaster led after 54 holes. Craig Stadler (USC) went on to win that tournament.

The 7 under score is the highest on the PGA Tour since last year’s PGA Championship, which, incidentally, was won by Bradley.

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Here comes the rain at Riviera?

Remarkably, it hasn’t at Riviera for the Northern Trust Open since play began Thursday. It did rain during Wednesday’s pro-am, but otherwise the weather has been beautiful. Of course, tomorrow’s forecast calls for light rain in the morning, followed by a partly cloudy afternoon. Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley – co-leaders at 7-under – tee off at 10: 25 a.m.

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Keegan and Mickelson … BFFs

Keegan Bradley was gushing about the chance to play with Phil Mickelson tomorrow in the final round of the NTO. They both are tied for the lead at 7-under.
“I really hoped to play with Phil, which is why I was excited to make that putt on the last hole,” Bradley said. “I really look up to him, and I watched him play a lot of Sundays growing up. I (thought) it would be fun to play with him in the final group at Riviera.
“Any time you play with Phil means you’re playing pretty well. I enjoy the atmosphere and everything that comes with playing with Phil.”

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Mickelson shares 54-hole lead with …

Keegan Bradley. Mickelson and Bradley, who are with the same agency, will be paired together in the final group tomorrow. Mickelson sprayed the ball all over the place but still was able to get out of trouble all day. Mickelson still shot a 1-under 70 despite the squirrely shots off the tee. Bradley shot up the leaderboard with a 5-under 66.

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Mickelson still leads…

It’s been three hours since Phil Mickelson finished his round, meaning he’s probably been home practicing at his four-acre short-game facility for two hours, and he still has a two-shot lead over four players – Jimmy Walker, Kuchard, Petterrson and Perez – tied at 2.

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Cantlay proves to be human

Here’s more from Patrick Cantlay on his 7-over round of 78 yesterday at the Northern Trust Open. Caddie and swing coach Jamie Mulligan said: “It was like a major out there,” referring to the windy conditions in the morning. Cantlay tees off at 1:15 p.m. this afternoon. He’s 12 back of Mickelson and Pettersson.

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