Sergio Garcia fired a bogey-free 64 on Saturday at Real Valderrama to open up a commanding four-shot lead heading into the final round of the weather-shortened Andalucia Valderrama Masters.
The defending champion, who also won in 2011, signed for a card containing seven birdies en route to a low two-round score of 10-under par. The 64 was Garcia’s lowest-ever score at the famous Spanish course.
Overnight leader Ashley Chesters of England was next on 6-under par following a second-round 71, which included 17 pars and a single birdie.
A pair of Garcia’s compatriots, Gonzalo Fernenadez-Castano and Alvaro Quiros, were six shots back at T3, alongside Scotsman Marc Warren.
Irishman Shane Lowry (70) and Lee Westwood (68) of England were tied for sixth on 3-under par.
A series of weather delays on the first two days prevented Garcia and Chesters from playing at all on Friday, and after more weather-related disruptions on Saturday, tournament director Jose Maria Zamora announced that the event would be reduced to 54 holes.
2018 Andalucia Valderrama Masters
Day Three: Top 5 Leaders
Pos-Player-To Par (Today)
1. Sergio Garcia -10 (-7)
2. Ashley Chesters -6 (-1)
3. Marc Warren -4 (-2)
3. Alvaro Quiros -4 (-1)
3. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano -4 (-3)
Thru 36 holes
Day Three Highlights
Credit: European Tour