Sergio Garcia opened with five birdies in seven holes, closed with an eagle, and wound up as the guy everyone was chasing Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass.
By everyone, that means 28 players no more than six shots back with 36 holes to go. That includes first-round leader Phil Mickelson.
Garcia had a 7-under 64 on a cool, cloudy morning at TPC Boston. The Spaniard was at 13-under 129, one off the tournament record. He had a one-shot lead over Roberto Castro and Henrik Stenson.
Tiger Woods, in the 1-2-3 grouping with Mickelson and Adam Scott that attracted a massive crowd, made a 35-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 67 and was among those within six shots of the lead.
The cut was at 1-under 141, ending the season for some players who have no chance of being in the top 70 in the FedEx Cup to advance to the third event in two weeks near Chicago.
Yani Tseng moved into position to end a long victory drought, shooting a 9-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Safeway Classic in Portland.
Tseng, a 24-year-old Taiwanese star who had a 109-week run at No. 1 in the world, is winless in 36 events since the Kia Classic in March 2012.
After opening with rounds of 67 and 68, Tseng had 11 birdies and two bogeys in warm, calm conditions to reach 18 under at Columbia Edgewater.
“It’s been a long time. It’s great to be back in this position again,” Tseng said.
Norway’s Suzann Pettersen (70) was tied for second with Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum (71).
Rocco Mediate played the back nine in 7-under 29 for the second day to increase his lead to two strokes in the Champions Tour’s inaugural Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Canada.
The 50-year-old Mediate, the Allianz Championship winner in February, followed his opening 8-under 63 with a 64 to reach 15 under at tree-lined Canyon Meadows.
Bobby Clampett was second after a 65.
Patrick Cantlay opened a three-shot lead in the Hotel Fitness Championship, a Web.com Tour playoff event in Fort Wayne, Ind. Kevin Kisner was second after a 63. Tour money champion Michael Putnam (69), from University Place, was tied for third. … American Peter Uihlein moved closer to his second European Tour victory, shooting a 4-under 67 to take a three-stroke lead in the Wales Open. Uihlein won the 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay.