MARANA, Ariz. — Marc Leishman opened with an eagle and held it collectively in the midst of his spherical for a 5-under 66 on Saturday, giving him a two-shot lead over Sergio Garcia going into the third and closing spherical of LIV Golf Tucson.
Leishman mentioned he had fallen right into a behavior of letting a tough stretch destroy his spherical. The Australian dropped just one shot on the Gallery Golf Membership within the excessive desert and delivered one final birdie on the par-5 seventeenth to succeed in 11-under 131.
“I had a very scorching begin, then cooled on the again 9,” mentioned Leishman, who was 4 beneath for his spherical by eight holes. “However I did not let it get away from me.”
Garcia, whose final victory wherever was in Mississippi greater than two years in the past, had a 65 that would have been barely higher if not for lacking a 2-foot par putt on the sixteenth gap. He a minimum of was in a position to end with a birdie on his final gap at No. 17.
Garcia’s workforce, the Fireballs, had a one-shot lead within the workforce competitors.
“We’re proper there. We’d like one other good day tomorrow,” Garcia mentioned.
Marc Leishman holds a two-shot lead over Sergio Garcia on the LIV Golf Invitational in Tucson. Getty Photographs
Louis Oosthuizen was in a four-player group at 8-under 134, although not one of the others had fairly the tease on the finish of the spherical just like the South African.
Ending on the par-4 18th, Oosthuizen’s method landed a couple of toes wanting the flag and struck the pin, rolling again off a false entrance into the golf green. His pitch for birdie was headed for the pin and spun out and in of the cup.
At that time, he turned away and coated his face. He made the par for a 68.
“It pitched precisely the place I wished it to, it hit the pin and off the inexperienced. Similar look with the chip. I assumed I used to be to chip it in,” Oosthuizen mentioned. “I am standing over the putt pondering, ‘You higher make this or it will be a nasty ending.'”
He was joined at 134 by Charles Howell III (65), Brendan Steele (65) and Cameron Tringale (66), who by no means gained on the PGA Tour earlier than signing up for LIV Golf final season.
Howell gained the primary LIV Golf occasion of its second season final month at Mayakoba.
Phil Mickelson had a bogey-free spherical, making 4 birdies in an eight-hole stretch that led to a 67. He was tied for tenth, six photographs out of the lead. His workforce, which incorporates Steele, was one shot behind Garcia’s workforce.