Deutsche Bank Championship: Sergio Garcia leads Phil Mickelson struggles
Sergio Garcia fired another sparkling round in Boston to claim a one-shot at halfway in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
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Last Updated: 01/09/13 6:04pm
Garcia followed up his first round 65 with a second round 64 to hold a narrow lead over Roberto Castro and Henrik Stenson.
The Spaniard hit seven birdies during his round, and followed a double bogey on the 14th win an eagle on the 18th, sinking his putt with the new putter he put in the bag this week to set the clubhouse target.
Garcia could do with a good week having come into the event in 59th in the FedEx Cup play-offs standings with 70 due to advance to the BMW Championship and then 30 making the Tour Championship.
"We decided to come here and make a little bit of an extra effort of playing obviously five weeks in a row, which I don't usually enjoy very much," Garcia said.
Castro shot a second round of 65 to sit in second place, and he was later joined by in-form Swede Stenson, who shot his lowest career round on the PGA Tour with a flawless 63 also putting him on 12-under.
"I've picked up a cold from the kids and I was running on fumes anyway after this long stretch of playing so I was running on empty out there," said Stenson. "But I hit a lot of fairways and greens today and made a few putts so I'm glad to have gone so low."
Matt Kuchar was 10-under after completing his round in 66, as was PGA champion Jason Dufner who missed a couple of short putts but still cruised round seemingly untroubled.
Justin Rose was among the biggest climbers of the day, his eight-under 63 lifting the US Open champion right up the leaderboard to nine-under overall.
Rose was flawless on the course, carding four birdies on the way out and as many on the back nine as he moved up into a tie for sixth place.
Rose was joined on nine-under by teenager Jordan Spieth and fellow Americans Nicholas Thompson and Harris English.
Overnight leader Phil Mickelson had all sorts of problems off the tee but managed to birdie the last two holes to escape with a level par round of 71 to remain on eight-under.
Playing partner Tiger Woods was ten shots behind Mickelson at one stage of his round but he ended just one back on seven-under after rolling in a long birdie putt on the last for a four-under round of 67.
Ian Poulter started the tournament outside of the top 70 in the FedEx Cup and in need of a big week, and his 68 moved him on to eight-under for the tournament and well in touch of the leader just five shots back.
The likes of Jason Day, Steve Stricker and Keegan Bradley are also just off the pace on eight-under, while last week's winner Adam Scott responded from a bad first round with a 66 to get back to three-under.