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DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer



Sergio Garcia hits from the fourth tee during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., on Sunday.
Sergio Garcia hits from the fourth tee during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., on Sunday.
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NORTON, Mass. — Sergio Garcia started with the lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship and shot 65. And he needed just about every birdie.


On a TPC Boston softened by so much rain that the third round Sunday had to be started over, Garcia kept his nose in front and gave himself a two-shot cushion with a birdie on the final hole as darkness settled over New England.


Nothing is close to being settled at this FedEx Cup playoff event.


Garcia was at 19-under 194 and had a two-shot lead over Henrik Stenson, perhaps the hottest player in golf with two runner-up finishes and two third-place finishes in his last five events. The Swede went birdie-for-birdie with Garcia for much of the overcast day until a three-putt bogey on the 17th caused him to settle for a 66.


Graham DeLaet of Canada all but locked up a spot on the Presidents Cup team with a 62 that left him three shots behind with Steve Stricker, who had a 63 and took a big step toward making the U.S. team for the matches next month at Muirfield Village.


PGA champion Jason Dufner had a share of the lead until cooling off on the back nine. He had a 66 and was tied for fifth at 15-under 198 with Robert Castro (68).


The scoring was simply relentless on a course that is long and wide with pristine conditions. The TPC Boston became a pushover with such soft conditions, and it became even easier because players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls through the green.


About the only ones who couldn’t keep up were the star attractions at the start of the week — Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.


Mickelson, who started the third round five shots out of the lead, had his second straight 71, and this one wasn’t exciting at all. He had three birdies, three bogeys, 12 pars and wound up 12 shots behind.


Woods didn’t get anything going early and fell apart on the back nine, starting with a tee shot into a hazard well right of the 10th fairway. He began the back nine with three straight bogeys and ended with a three-putt par on the 18th for a 1-over 72. It ended six straight rounds in the 60s in the FedEx Cup playoffs, and much worse, left him with no chance of winning going into the off week. He was 13 shots back.


Champions Tour


CALGARY, Alberta — Rocco Mediate ran away with the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic for his second victory in 17 starts in his first Champions Tour season.


The 50-year-old Mediate, the Allianz Championship winner in February in his first Champions Tour start, closed with a 7-under 64 at tree-lined Canyon Meadows for a seven-stroke victory.


Mediate opened with a 63 and had a 64 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round. The six-time PGA Tour winner finished at 22-under 191, playing the back nine in 18 under, to tie the tour record for lowest total score in a 54-hole event.

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