Sergio Garcia soars to the top of the leaderboard in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, While Phil flops and falls back,
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Sergio shot a second round -7 under par 64 to go with his first round of -6 under par 65, to surge to the top of the leaderboard at the Deutsche Bank Championship with his -13 under par total.
Sergio usually misses this week in the play-offs, but a low ranking meant he had to try and improve his FedExCup standing, starting the week in 55th place;
“Unfortunately, I didn’t play well enough and it was touch-and-go if I was going to make the BMW without playing here. Sixteen guys could easily pass me if they played well. So we decided to come here and make a little bit of an extra effort of playing five weeks in a row, which I don’t usually enjoy very much. Everything has been kind of a little difficult, but it’s good, it’s been a good learning experience. So I think that you always have to try to take the positives out of all those things and learn from your mistakes. And hopefully, they make you a better player, a better person.”
Sitting comfortably in second place is Henrik Stenson, who had his lowest ever PGA Tour round of -8 under par 63, for a total of -12 under par. He is joined on that total by Roberto Castro, a -5 under par 66 easing him up the leaderboard.
Henrik is excited about the way he is playing right now;
“I made 8 birdies and 10 pars, which is pretty spotless, I guess, and again, hitting a lot of fairways, hitting a lot of good iron shots into the greens, giving myself chances. And made a few more good putts today compared to yesterday. I guess that was the big difference. Solid round of golf, and up in contention once again going into the weekend, which is nice. So we’ll just keep on plodding away. So that’s very exciting for the work ahead and hopefully come back next year and be able to have that extra gear, and a little bit more confidence, as well. Even if I played really, really well I’m sure in the past that I’ve been more confident with myself and with my game at times. I’ve said it so many times over these last two months, it’s a three and a half day marathon, to be on the back nine on the final round, and this week is no different. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
Roberto is looking to win his first PGA Tour event, and if he keeps on dropping Eagle putts, like the one on number two today, he could just make it;
“The eagle on two is just one of those putts that looked like the higher up the hill you hit it the more it would come down. I figured if I get it there, it looked like it was going to go in the whole way. I’ve played with a lot of good players, the last two years, really. Everybody’s good golf looks similar, hit it straight, make putts. There’s no mystery or magic to good golf out here, it doesn’t make it easy.”
Phil, now in the group at -8 under par had a nightmare out there today, but thinks he is still within striking distance;
” I could have easily shot myself out of the tournament, knocking them in the hazard I don’t know how many times. If I go on and play the way I believe I am going to this weekend, I am going to look back on those nine holes as the key to the entire tournament. I was playing terrible and I shot even par, I fought hard. Throughout the course of my career, it happens where you kind of lose it for a little bit. I fought hard in the interim and was able to find it there in the end, giving me confidence heading into the weekend. But more than that, it kept me within striking distance.”
Tiger Woods is another shot further back in a crowd of ten players on -7 under par. He lamented on making only one putt all day, a 37 foot effort on the last hole;
“That’s the only putt I made all day, certainly could have gone lower than I did. I just lost my patience out there, I had a hard time hitting the putts hard enough. I’m going to have to go low, this golf course is soft. It’s gettable.”