NORTON, Mass. – Sergio Garcia of Spain started with the lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship and shot a 65. And he needed just about every birdie.
On a TPC Boston course softened by so much rain the third round Sunday had to be started over, Garcia gave himself a two-shot cushion with a birdie on the final hole as darkness settled over New England.
The final round of the second of four FedEx Cup playoff tournaments is Monday. The top 70 players in FedEx Cup points will advance to the BMW Championship, which starts Sept. 12 in Lake Forest, Ill.
Garcia was at 19-under 194.
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Henrik Stenson (66) of Sweden was in second place; he has two runner-up finishes and two thirds in his last five starts.
“There’s heaps of low scores out there,” Stenson said. “You have to keep making birdies if you want to have anything to do with this tournament. Today was no different. It’s going to be the same tomorrow.”
Graham DeLaet (62) of Canada and Steve Stricker (63) of the United States were tied for third at 16 under.
Ryan Moore (68) of Puyallup, ex-Washington Husky Richard H. Lee (68) and top-ranked Tiger Woods (72) were among the players tied for 47th place at 6 under.
“I just didn’t have it today,” Woods said. “I just didn’t hit it well. I didn’t make anything. I had a bad day at the wrong time.”
The PGA Tour website includes projected FedEx Cup points.
Moore is 55th in projected points, but Kyle Stanley (78th) of Gig Harbor and Lee (85th) are projected to not qualify for the BMW field. Stanley missed the Deutsche Bank cut.
• Suzann Pettersen of Norway shot a 5-under 67 and won the LPGA Tour Safeway Classic at Columbia Edgewater in Portland. She had a 20-under 268 total, earned $195,000 and beat American Stacy Lewis (68) by two strokes.
Ex-Washington Huskies player Paige Mackenzie (69) of Yakima tied for 23rd place at 10 under. UW junior SooBin Kim (70) tied for 30th at 8 under and finished as the top amateur in the field.
Yani Tseng (78) of Taiwan entered the final round with a three-stroke lead and wound up tied for ninth at 12 under. A 15-time LPGA Tour winner, Tseng is winless in 37 tournaments since March 2012.
• Rocco Mediate ran away with the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta, for his second victory in 17 starts in his first season on the 50-and-older Champions Tour.
Mediate closed with a 7-under 64. He had a 22-under 191 total for 54 holes and earned $300,000. Runner-up Tom Byrum (64) was seven strokes back.
Kirk Triplett (67), a Pullman High School graduate, tied for third at 14 under.
As for players with Seattle ties, Fred Couples (67) tied for 10th at 12 under and Rick Fehr (70) tied for 74th at 4 over.
• Trevor Immelman, a South African who won the 2008 Masters, won the Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind., to secure a 2013-14 season PGA Tour card in the Web.com Tour Finals opener.
Immelman (6-under 66) had a 20-under 268 total and earned $180,000. He beat Patrick Cantlay (72) by one shot.
Michael Putnam (70) of University Place tied for seventh at 16 under; he already had earned a PGA Tour card for next season.
• France’s Gregory Bourdy birdied the last three holes for a 4-under 67 and a two-stroke victory over American Peter Uihlein (72) in the Wales Open in Newport.
Bourdy, who finished at 8-under 276 at Celtic Manor, has four European Tour victories.