NORTON, Mass. – Under hazy skies that again created ideal scoring conditions, birdies remained plentiful during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Here’s how things shape up heading into Sunday’s third round at TPC Boston, where Sergio Garcia holds a one-shot lead:
What it means: Playing in the morning wave Saturday, Garcia was able to distance himself from the pack thanks to a 7-under 64 that included seven birdies and an eagle. The Spaniard clings to a slim lead heading into Sunday’s penultimate round, though with 19 players within five shots of his overnight lead, the outcome in Boston remains very much in doubt.
Round of the day: One of the hottest players on the PGA Tour this summer, Stenson continued his torrid stretch with a bogey-free 63 Saturday, his lowest career round on Tour. The Swede notched eight total birdies during a round that was highlighted by a five-hole stretch from Nos. 2-7, which he was 4 under. Stenson closed with a pair of birdies on holes 17-18, and as a result will begin Sunday’s round within a shot of Garcia’s lead.
Best of the rest: Like Stenson, Rose was able to card an 8-under 63 Saturday at TPC Boston without dropping a shot. The reigning U.S. Open champ reached 16 of 18 greens in regulation during his second round, carding four birdies on both his inward and outward nines in the process to play his way firmly back into contention through two rounds.
Biggest disappointment: After opening with a 4-under 67, Robert Garrigus appeared in position to contend with the hopes of making next month’s BMW Championship. Instead, Garrigus’ season ended abruptly Saturday, as the former PGA Tour winner carded a 6-over 77 that included a pair of double bogeys and a quadruple-bogey 9 on the second hole. As a result, Garrigus missed the 36-hole cut and will not be among the 70-man field at Conway Farms.
Main storyline heading into Sunday: Since his high-profile collapse at The Players Championship in May, Garcia flown relatively under the radar on the PGA Tour. That will change Sunday, as all eyes will be on the Spaniard as he begins the third round staked to a one-shot lead, with the hopes of remaining in front of a world-class field that will likely continue to make birdies by the handful.
Shot of the day: Amid a stretch highlighted by wayward shots, Phil Mickelson once again found himself in trouble at the par-3 11th hole, where his tee shot landed on a mound short and right of the green. Faced with a shot from a poor lie in the rough with little green to work with, Mickelson manufactured a heroic flop shot that hit beyond the pin and spun back some 15 feet, leaving a short putt for par.
Quote of the day: “I could describe it, but nobody is going to understand it.” – Mickelson when asked to explain his second shot at 11.