The Loop

The Splendor Of Sergio

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland -- For Saturday's third round, Sergio Garcia is dressed in red pants, red hat and red T-shirt, peach-colored golf shirt and sweater. He's also wearing white shoes with red stripes.. The last time he looked this colorful -- at last year's British when he wore all yellow -- he imploded. He is truly a vision.

HARD FINISH: Shaun Micheel, on the difficulty of the 499-yard par-4 18th hole, which he bogeyed Saturday during his round of 1-under 70:

"It's probably the hardest finishing hole ... it may be one of the hardest golf holes, period," he said. "It's just mainly a short par-5. The tee shot is absolutely crucial because if you miss it there, then you're debating whether or not you want to lay up. Unfortunately, I come to that hole first of all thinking about getting my driver in play, and second of all, if I make a five, I'm not as disappointed. I just think four is a bonus."

CHEERS FOR BOO: Boo Weekley has captured the attention and appreciation of the locals. On the first tee Saturday, he received a louder ovation than playing partner Jim Furyk. They were also a few hoots from the grandstand.

-- Mark Soltau