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September 1 2013

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Stadler plays his best with the best

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Kevin Stadler is looking for his first PGA TOUR victory this week.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. -- Some players become unnerved when they play with Tiger Woods.

On Sunday at TPC Boston during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, though, Kevin Stadler thrived. 

Stadler birdied his last two holes for a 64 that was eight strokes better than the world No. 1 and left him at 14 under, five strokes behind Sergio Garia. The 64 was his third such score in his last seven rounds.

"For me it's easier to focus when there's a lot of people out there," Stadler said simply. "I don't know, I enjoyed it."

So did anyone in the huge gallery break the monotony of "Go, Tiger" and yell out any words of encouragement to Stadler?

"After a few beers," he said. "Somebody started yelling at me. It's kind of loud, you hear people yelling every few steps, but you don't pay much attention to it."

Stadler opened with a 64 at Liberty National last week but he didn't break par the rest of the way and ended up tying for 43rd. Consequently he came to the Deutsche Bank Championship ranked 75th in the FedExCup with only the top 70 advancing to next week's BMW Championship.

"If things go south, they go south, it's out of my control," Stadler said as he looked back on The Barclays. "I feel like I'm starting to play pretty good.  Last Thursday it was really, really good ball striking, and that was just a touch off the rest of the week. But I played better than I scored the last couple of rounds last week and I'm still here."

Stadler is projected No. 40 in the FedExCup with one round to go. Not that he's looking at the standings or anything like that.

"When I'm done I will," he said.

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