Don’t look now, but Sergio Garcia grabbed sole possession of 36-hole lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship. El Niño followed up his opening round 65 with a 64 in the second round – thanks, in part to an eagle on the final hole. That eagle on 18 is what propelled him ahead of Roberto Castro and Henrik Stenson and put Garcia atop the leaderboard at the halfway mark.
There were birdie opportunities aplenty once again at a soft, receptive TPC Boston and Garcia took advantage of several of them immediately. He started his round with five birdies over the first seven holes. The Spaniard then proceeded to the bank nine where he picked up two birdies and then bogeyed the 14th hole. Any chance that bogey would cause Garcia to lose momentum heading into the third round was removed with the eagle on the par-5 18th hole.
One thing to keep an eye on over the final two rounds is whether or not Garcia has the stamina to continue playing well. He normally likes to take this event off to get an extra week of rest before the BMW Championship but was afraid that he would get passed by too many players and fall out of the 70, thereby eliminating him from the rest of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
If he can hold up mentally and physically, Garcia could very well wind up inside of the top 10 when the third leg of the playoffs begins – the projected standings currently have him moving all the way to third place.