Saturday, 05 March 2016
Sergio Garcia  (Getty Images)
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Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera-Bello led a Spanish surge at Trump National Doral as they moved up the leaderboard on day three of the World Golf Championships - Cadillac Championship.

The Iberian duo began the day at level par but both registered rounds of 67 to move into the top ten in Florida as they continued their recent encouraging form.

Garcia comes into the week off the back of a second-placed finish at The Honda Classic on the US PGA Tour where he lost out to Australia's Adam Scott by a single shot.

And the 36 year old is happy to carry that momentum into his second European Tour event of the season following his tie for seventh at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

"I've played a little bit better as the week went on," he said. "Not that different, it's just a couple putts that have dropped that have been lipping out the first couple of days.

"I'm giving myself a lot of good chances at birdies and eagles. So when you can manage to do that, usually you're going to score fairly well.

"I don't think I need to change anything. I feel quite good with my game, I feel like my short game is in good shape.

I hit a lot of good shots today so if I can manage to do that again tomorrow and roll some birdies in, we'll see - Sergio Garcia

A pair of second place finishes on the Desert Swing have helped move Cabrera-Bello to fifth in The Race to Dubai and he was one over for the tournament here before six birdies in ten holes from the seventh moved him up the leaderboard.

"I've been playing solid this year," he said. "The scores are showing. This is the toughest course we've played this year so far, so it's kind of tricky to compare them with the Desert Swing.

"But the game is good, the putting was good today. If anything, it's just the driving was a little off yesterday, but today it's been back to normal standards. I'm just feeling good, feeling positive for tomorrow.

"Today's round has given me a big jump up the leaderboard, what I was hoping for this morning and there is still a lot to play for. Of course many things can happen tomorrow, but I'm going to try to go for another low one."

Anirban Lahiri was also seven shots off the lead after he fired a third round 71 and, despite two bogeys in his last six holes, the Indian was happy with his day's work.

"I'm happy with the way I played today," he said. "Obviously disappointed I left a few putts out there coming in but all-in-all a good day.

"I got it to seven under and the last six holes, I didn't play my best. So I'm a little disappointed. I thought I could have pushed harder to get to eight or nine.

"But tomorrow, I've still given myself an outside chance, so hopefully I can go out there and play my best."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1SCOTT, AdamAUS18-12
2WATSON, BubbaUSA18-11
T3WILLETT, DannyENG18-10
6WALKER, JimmyUSA18-8

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