High-flying Garcia hopes for more of the same at Augusta

A round of 69 lifted Sergio Garcia into a share of the lead at Augusta and the Spaniard said: "I've just got to do more of the same thing."

Sergio Garcia has tended to struggle in third rounds at the Masters, but says that will not be on his mind on Saturday when he seeks to strengthen his bid for a long-awaited first major.

Garcia, who has recorded 22 top-10 finishes at majors without tasting success, claimed a share of the clubhouse lead with Charley Hoffman courtesy of a 69 on Friday.

The Spaniard averages almost 75 in round three at Augusta, but is feeling positive as he seeks to finally break his major duck with what would be a hugely popular victory. 

"I've just got to do more of the same thing, more of what I've been doing," Garcia told reporters.

"I'm going to play the best I can, I'm going to give it everything I have and if I shoot 75, I shoot 75. If I shoot 65, I shoot 65.

"The only thing I can do is give everything I've got, give it my best."

Sunday's final round falls on what would have been the 60th birthday of the late, great Seve Ballesteros - a two-time Masters champion who died in 2011.

Asked how it would feel to emulate Ballesteros by winning a green jacket, Garcia added: "That would be amazing.

"He was so charismatic in the way he played. I'm going to try to keep being myself and see if I can make him proud.

"He was one of my idols, so hopefully I can get at least close to what he achieved."

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