Segio Garcia birdied 5 of his first 7 holes Saturday at the Deutsche Bank championship at TPC Boston.
Garcia sunk an 18-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to finish the day with a 7-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Roberto Castro. Garcia is at 13-under-par for the tournament.
Tiger Woods started the day with the late group alongside Phil Mickelson, and was 10 strokes behind the leaders after shooting a 68 on the opening day of the second FedEx Cup playoff event.
Woods shot a 67 Saturday to get to 7-under par and move within 6 strokes of Garcia, while Mickelson faltered — shooting an even-par 71 to remain at 8 under, a day after shooting a 63 for the tournament lead.
Garcia prefers to take this week off, generally to rest, but only the top 70 in the standings after this event advance to play on next week. Garcia told the Associated Press:
Unfortunately, I didn’t play well enough and it was touch-and-go if I was going to make the BMW without playing here,” said Garcia, who is at No. 55. “Sixteen guys could easily pass me if they played well. So we decided to come here and make a little bit of an extra effort of playing five weeks in a row, which I don’t usually enjoy very much.”