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Garcia leads $10m FedEx race

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Sergio Garcia won the Wyndham Championship earlier in the week © PA Photos
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Sergio Garcia is in pole position to land the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus after three rounds of The Barclays, the first play-off event.

The Spaniard leads the tournament at ten-under, and is projected to surge to the top of the FedEx standings, less than a week after his victory at the Wyndham Championship, which earned him a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team.

He had a 69 on Saturday to leave him two shots ahead of Nick Watney in second, and three ahead of Kevin Stadler in third.

Padraig Harrington (one-over), who is looking to prove to European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal he is worthy of a pick, fell further down the leaderboard with a 75. With Nicolas Colsaerts unlikely to seal an automatic Ryder Cup qualification place at the Johnnie Walker Championship, Harrington's hopes of playing at Medinah now look extremely slim.

Ian Poulter, who is expected to be handed one of Olazabal's captain's picks given his fine matchplay record, is one stroke behind Harrington after a 76. Poulter tweeted: "The worst course setup I have ever played in 13 years on tour. They have ruined what is a great course, greens like concrete, stupid pins."

Lee Westwood belatedly showed signs that his recent work with short-game guru Tony Johnstone had paid off as he took just 26 putts in his 68, which shifted him to four-under. Tiger Woods joins Westwood on the same score (as does Phil Mickelson), having signed for a 72 that featured five bogeys and four birdies.

Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy are locked at two-under after both fired 69s.

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