Sergio Garcia continued his strong steady play in the third round, shooting a 65 Sunday at The Deutsche Bank Championship. At -19, he tied the third round record set last year.
He needed to maintain the pace as Henrik Stenson’s 66 only lost him one stroke to Garcia heading into today’s final round. Graham Dalaet (62) and Steve Stricker (63) charged into a tie for third at -16 as they took advantage of the damp wet fairways caused by morning storms that delayed the start of play.
Garcia admitted that it was going to be a challenge to stay in the lead in an interview with The Boston Globe's Michael Whitmer.
“You can see that everybody was making birdies,” Garcia said. “You could make a lot of birdies if everything went exactly the right way, kind of like it went on the back nine for me. But you have to be patient and just wait for the right time.”
Canada’s Dalaet is making a strong push in the FedEx Cup points race after his top five finish last week at The Barclay’s and his play at TPC Boston. And Stricker is trying to gain automatic qualification for Team USA at next month’s President's Cup.
PGA Champ Jason Dufner and Robert Castro stand four shots back and tied for fifth entering Labor Day.
In the race to finish inside the top 70 to keep playing on for the FedEx Cup, five players who were outside that number coming into Boston are making strong pushes. Ian Poulter, Brian Davis, Mark Leishman, K.J. Choi, and Nicholas Thompson all are at -9 or better and with solid days today will likely be still playing in two weeks at the BMW Championship.
Other competitors are going to need to go low today to keep their FedEx Cup hopes alive. Ernie Els, Stewart Cink, Bob Estes, and Brendan Steele are all right on the bubble. Something will have to give, but suffice it to say that anything north of a 65 today probably won’t help them.
First round co-leader Phil Mickelson had his second straight frustrating round. Once again he struggled to hit fairways on the back nine, carding three bogies on his way to his second straight even par 71.
Tiger Woods also struggled, starting the back nine with three consecutive bogies before two birdies late left him with a poor 72 in ideal scoring conditions.
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