Garcia turns consistency to contention
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship | Round Two | 01 Sep 2013
Despite developing into one of the game’s most consistent players over the past twelve months Sergio Garcia has seldom contended for a title in that period but this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship he has created the chance to do just that.
Garcia has not missed a cut since the PGA Championship more than twelve months ago and has won twice in that time at the Wyndham Championship and in Johore. Today he added a second round of 64 at the TPC of Boston and leads the second of the FedEx Cup Playoff Series by one over second season player, Robert Castro, and in form, Henrik Stenson, with Matt Kuchar and Jason Dufner two further back.
Garcia’s round of 64 was made even more impressive by the fact that he recorded a double bogey at his 14th hole although a 20 foot eagle putt at his final hole of the day helped overcome, in part at least, that blemish.
For the 33 year old Spaniard, this is his 5th event in succession, something he has done only two or three times in his career but something that appears to be working for him.
Several players leapt into contention with outstanding second rounds. Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose’s rounds of 63 moved them to 2nd and 6th respectively on what is proving to be a low scoring layout in 2013.
Jason Day’s second consecutive round of 67 has him at 8 under and in a share of 9th and five shots from the lead. He leads the Australians with Marc Leishman three shots further back in 35th position at 5 under.
Leishman really needs something special over the weekend if he is to have any chance of being a consideration for the International Presidents Cup side named early next week. He is currently 13th on the Presidents Cup standings but perhaps his first task is to do well enough over the final 36 holes to force his way into the top 70 in the FedEx standings in order to make it to BMW in two weeks time.
Adam Scott improved on his disastrous start yesterday by seven shots for a round of 66 but is some ten shots from the lead while Stuart Appleby clung to any hope of making it to the BMW Championship by just making the cut on the number. Appleby too will need something special over the weekend if he is to have any chance of making it to the penultimate FedEx Cup playoff event.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are six and five shots from the lead respectively.