FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Bethpage Black lived up its reputation because of the greens, which in some cases looked brown.
Sergio Garcia called them the fastest putting surfaces he could recall. Nick Watney referred to them as extreme. More than one player suggested the course was unplayable Saturday in The Barclays, certainly late in the afternoon as the sun baked out the public course on Long Island. And yes, there were references to Shinnecock Hills, the private club on Long Island where the greens were out of control on the final day of the 2004 U.S. Open.
Garcia managed them just fine.
With no bogeys over his final eight holes, he turned a three-shot deficit into a two-shot lead over Nick Watney with a 2-under 69. Such were the conditions that Garcia was the only player among the final 18 to finish who broke 70.
"The course is extremely firm," he said. "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."
Garcia went four years without winning on the PGA Tour and now has a chance to make it two in a row and return to the top 10 in the world. He was at 10-under 203, and only four players were within four shots of the lead.
Watney, who made five putts over 15 feet, went after another one on the 18th hole and this one cost him. The ball raced 10 feet by the hole, and he missed it coming back for his only official three-putt of the round. That gave him an even-par 71, though still in good shape to make a run at his first win of the year.
"The course just kind of beat you up," Watney said.
He got one small measure of revenge by making a 35-foot putt on the par-3 17th for the only birdie of the round. By late afternoon, the green was so firm that shots landing near the front pin settled in the rough or fringe behind the green.
Tiger Woods, who started the third round three shots out of the lead, three-putted for bogey three times on the front nine alone. He had another three-putt on the 14th hole, this one from 15 feet, and had a 72 that put him six shots behind.
COQUITLAM, British Columbia — Lydia Ko took a one-stroke lead in the Canadian Women's Open in her bid to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history, shooting an even-par 72.
The 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander had an 8-under 208 total at The Vancouver Golf Club.
Also trying to become the fifth amateur winner and first since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine's Invitational, Ko won the U.S. Women's Amateur two weeks ago. In January, she won the New South Wales Open in Australia at 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event.
Lexi Thompson is the youngest LPGA Tour winner, taking the Navistar LPGA Classic last September at 16.
Ko bogeyed the par-4 18th, making a 5-foot putt after her 4-foot par try lipped out.
Chella Choi, tied for the second-round lead with Ko, had a 73 to drop into a tie for second with Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Jiyai Shin. Lewis, a two-time winner this year, had a 66, Shin shot 69 and Park 70.
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — Tom Jenkins holed out for eagle on the par-4 third hole and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take a three-shot lead in the Boeing Classic.
The 64-year-old Jenkins is trying to become the oldest winner in Champions Tour history. Mike Fetchick was 63 when he won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational.
Jenkins had a 9-under 135 total at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. He won the last of his seven titles on the 50-and-over tour in 2006. On the 439-yard third hole, Jenkins hit an 8-iron from 148 yards that bounced off the collar of the green and rolled into the cup. He followed with a birdie on No. 4 and added four more birdies.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Scotland's Paul Lawrie shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Johnnie Walker Championship.
Lawrie had a 12-under 204 total on the PGA Centenary Course, the site of the 2014 Ryder Cup. France's Romain Wattel was second after a 63.