Once again, Sergio Garcia was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. This time it happened at the Deutsche Bank Championship, where Garcia took a two shot lead into the final round. He wasn’t able to hold it together, however, as he carded a two over par 73 in the final round to finish five shots off of the pace in a tie for fourth. Garcia joined Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Kevin Stadler at 17 under par – five shots behind champion Henrik Stenson.
The Spaniard was seeking his ninth career PGA Tour victory this week and had been playing incredibly well for the first three rounds, in which he carded scores of 65 – 64 – 65. His final round was shaky, at best. Garcia’s scorecard for the last 18 holes shows five bogeys – four of which came on the front nine – and just three birdies. He wasn’t able to take advantage of the soft conditions on Monday while Stenson rattled off six birdies and had just one bogey. Stenson surged while Garcia faded.
That has been the case far too often in Garcia’s career. He just can’t seem to close out victories, no matter the circumstances. Even still, he jumped from 55th to 24th with his performance at TPC Boston this week. That sets him up in a great position heading into the final two events of the playoffs. The top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings will play in two weeks at the BMW Championship, but only the top 30 from that event will qualify for the TOUR Championship and the $10 million grand prize.