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Sergio Garcia is the overnight leader in Deutsche Bank Championship, with American Robert Castro and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson breathing down his neck.
Garcia was not even going to tee off at TPC Boston but did not want to risk missing the cut in the FedExcup play-offs.
The Spaniard produced an impressive round of seven under par 64 to go 13-under at the start of the final day, and he will need to be just as focused as the ultra consistent Henrik Stenson carded a bogey free eight-under par to sit just a shot behind.
Overnight joint leader Phil Mickelson saw his play deteriorate despite a terrific chip from rough to green at the 11th, with his driving falling apart.
The Open winner knows he did not play his best golf on the back nine:
“I could easily have shot myself out of the tournament,” he said. “I shot even par today. I got it in the hazard I don’t know how many times.
“If I go on and play the way I believe I’m going to this weekend I’m going to look back at those nine holes as the key to the entire tournament.”
The American did conjure up two birdies to save his round that leaves him still only five shots off the lead.
“I fought hard in the interim and was able to find it there in the end to give me confidence heading into the weekend but more than that, it kept me within striking distance” he added.