No lead is ever really safe at birdie-friendly Sedgefield Country Club. The last time Sergio Garcia played there, he learned that the hard way.
Garcia shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take the lead at 14-under 196 after three rounds of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.
It's a familiar spot for the Spaniard, who shared the third-round lead in 2009 but wound up finishing fourth after falling a stroke shy of a playoff.
"Eighteen pars are not going to win it," Garcia said. "You have to make some birdies. ... I don't have a number. I'm not going to say I need to shoot 4 under, 5 under, or whatever. Someone might go out and shoot 9 under, and 5 under's not good enough."
Tim Clark and Bud Cauley were a shot back, and Jason Dufner, Harris English and Carl Pettersson were at 12 under in the last event before the FedEx Cup playoffs. Dufner shot a 63 -- the day's best round. Cauley had a 66, Clark shot a 67, and English and Pettersson had 68s.
Garcia -- whose second-round 63 marked his best PGA Tour round in a decade -- made a move with consecutive birdies midway through the back nine that briefly helped him leapfrog playing partner Clark.
Garcia hit his tee shot 4 feet from the flagstick on the par-3 12th, then followed that with a birdie on No. 13 to move to 14 under. After a bogey at No. 14, he bounced back with a birdie on No. 15.
If he can keep it rolling for one more round, he might claim his first win
"Winning means a lot, no matter what," Garcia said.
Defending champion Webb Simpson had consecutive bogeys at Nos. 15 and 16, and his 71 dropped him four shots back.
The only player with consecutive victories in this tournament has his name on the winner's trophy: Sam Snead (1949-50 and 1955-56).
LPGA Tour: Japan's Mika Miyazato shoot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Safeway Classic in North Plains, Ore.
Miyazato, tied for the first-round lead with Sydnee Michaels after a 65, had an 11-under 133 total on Pumpkin Ridge's Ghost Creek Course.
South Korea's So Yeon Ryu, the Toledo Classic winner last week, was second after a 68.
Cristie Kerr and Inbee Park shot 70s to reach 8 under, and Michaels had a 72 to join top-ranked Yani Tseng and Pleasanton native Paula Creamer at 7 under. Tseng had a 67, and Creamer shot a 69.
Michelle Wie was tied for 11th at 5 under after a 70.
Champions Tour: Defending champion John Huston shot a 5-under 67 to lead at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y., at 12-under 132.
Huston, who claimed his only tour title last year at En-Joie Golf Club, had a one-shot lead over Brad Faxon (66).
A day after heavy rain delayed the first round, play resumed on a sun-drenched and dried-out course.
Huston had to finish the final three holes of his first round Saturday, and he couldn't have asked for a better way to start. He pitched in from 30 yards on the par-4 16th for an eagle, then parred the final two holes.
Willie Wood (68) and Peter Senior (67) were three shots back. Wood was one of 12 players who finished the rain-delayed first round Saturday.
Web.com Tour: Matt Weibring, making his 150th tour start, is a one-shot leader and just 18 holes away from securing his first win. He shot a 6-under 65 for a 14-under 199 at the Midwest Classic in Overland, Kan. James Nitties (66) was second at the Nicklaus Golf Course at LionsGate.
Wire services contributed to this report.