The Barclays 2012: Nick Watney Takes 3-Shot Lead Over Sergio Garcia

In just one hour, a two-shot lead for Sergio Garcia has become a three-shot deficit at the 2012 Barclays.

Garcia and playing partner Nick Watney have made the turn at Bethpage Black, and the young American is making a bid for his first win of the season. The shuffle atop the leaderboard was hastened by a two-shot swing at both No. 8 and No. 10.

Watney's birdie at No. 10 marked his third red number in a four-hole stretch, completely swinging momentum for the inward nine at the redesigned Tillinghast track. Sergio had a par putt hang on the edge at No. 10 and Watney stepped up to cooly put his birdie right in the heart of the cup to move to 11-under.

Watney entered 2012 as one of the elite golfers in the world, coming off perhaps the strongest season of any American on Tour. But this season has been inexplicably lackluster for Watney, who once seemed like a lock for the Ryder Cup. While all the majors have passed, a strong FedEx Cup and a win at a major championship layout would certainly salvage the season.

He struggled down the back side on Saturday, handing the lead back to Garcia on the more difficult finishing stretch that some pros claimed got away from the Tour. PGA Tour official Slugger White admitted some of the greens got "crusty" on Saturday, but they'll likely be rolling a little slower on Sunday. Regardless, Watney will have to be steady with the putter over the final eight holes.

With Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker tied for third at 6-under, it's likely shaping up as a two-horse race in the final group. After battling early wildness, Tiger Woods' round went off the rails on the back side. He played the four-hole stretch from 12 through 16 at 4-over, and is now 1-over for the championship.

For live Barclays leaderboard, visit Golf.com.

Stay with this StoryStream for news and updates throughout the week at Bethpage. For all your golf news during the 2012 FedEx Cup, visit SB Nation's golf hub.

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