NORTON — Sergio Garcia was quick with a correction when asked about winning just once in the last five years. That’s on the PGA Tour, Garcia offered. There have been multiple victories on the European Tour during that span.
“It’s still tough to win,” Garcia said. “Even on the European Tour.”
This one won’t be any easier. Garcia is the man to catch at TPC Boston, taking a two-shot lead into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. His 6-under-par 65 wasn’t Sunday’s low — seven scores were better — but it pushed Garcia to 19 under, matching the tournament’s 54-hole scoring record, set just last year.
Assuming the weather holds — tee times have been moved up; more on that later — Monday’s final round will have Garcia in front, but plenty of players trying to chase him down. Henrik Stenson (66) is two shots back, Graham DeLaet (62) and Steve Stricker (63) three behind, and Jason Dufner (66) and Roberto Castro (68) trailing by four.
The fact that the final group of Garcia, Stenson, and Castro was even able to finish Round 3 was a small miracle. Morning storms initially caused a delay, then prompted tour officials to take a mulligan and re-pair the field, wiping out anything the early starters had done to that point, good or bad. A split-tee start was implemented, and when play resumed at 12:15 p.m., players were permitted to lift, clean, and place their golf balls (only in the fairway) because of the wet conditions.
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