August 31 2013
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. -- Sergio Garcia matched his career-low 64 at TPC Boston on Saturday and grabbed sole possession of the lead at the midway point of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Garcia has completed 36 holes at 13 under, which gives him a one-stroke advantage over Roberto Castro and Henrik Stenson. Stenson, who came in ranked 13th in the FedExCup, birdied his last two holes for a 63 that tied the low round of the tournament so far while Castro had a 65.
Matt Kuchar, who is ranked fourth in the FedExCup, and recent PGA champ Jason Dufner are the only other players in double digits at 10 under after matching rounds of 66. But there are a total of 19 players within five strokes of the lead on a TPC Boston course that has been extremely generous this week -- playing nearly two strokes under par in the first two rounds.
The top three players in the FedExCup -- Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson -- have had mixed results through 36 holes on a course where all three have won.
Mickelson, who threatened 59 before settling for a round of 8 under on Friday followed with an adventurous even-par 71 that saw him hit just eight fairways and 10 greens in regulation. Woods shot a 67 that moved him to 7 under while Scott, who The Barclays on Sunday, rebounded from an opening 73 to shoot a solid 66.
The cut came at 1 under and included 75 players. Among those leaving early were Bill Haas, who won the FedExCup in 2011, and Rickie Fowler.
Only the top 70 players in the FedExCup standings when the Deutcshe Bank Championship concludes on Labor Day will advance to the BMW Championship in two weeks.