The marquee group of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott didn’t disappoint again on Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Instead of Mickelson going low at TPC Boston during the second round, it was Woods and Scott who put on a show. Woods finished with a 4-under 67 and Scott shot 5-under 66. Mickelson added in an even-par 71.
Sergio Garcia leads the field at 13-under 129 after a 7-under 64 in the second round. One-shot back are Robert Castro (65-65) and Henrik Stenson (67-63). Stenson, arguably the hottest player on a golf course since the U.S. Open, shot the lowest round of his PGA Tour career with that 8-under 63.
See how it all unfolded during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship:
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Update No. 7: 6:00 p.m. EDT
Jason Dufner makes birdie on his last hole (No. 9) to get to double digits (10 under) for the tournament. Dufner shot a second round 5-under 66.
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Hole No. 18: Par 5, 530 yards
• Off the tee: A 3-wood off the tee, Woods really dislikes this one as he slams his club on the tee box. He finds the left rough off the tee.
• Approach shot: Woods had to lay up after a tough lie from the right rough. For his third shot, he has 120 yards into the green and it spins back below the cup and off a ridge in front of the hole.
• On the green: A long birdie putt at the 18th drops for birdie. It’s about the first putt over 15 feet that dropped for him all day.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4-under 67 (7 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Harris English finishes his day off by just missing a birdie attempt at the ninth. English stays at 9 under for the tournament. Jordan Spieth joins the group at 9 under after a two-putt birdie from the front edge of the green at 18. Adam Scott finishes his round with a three-putt on 18, but he’ll make the cut after a second round 5-under 66 (3 under for tournament). Phil Mickelson makes birdie from greenside bunker at 18 to get back to even-par for the day (71), and 8 under for the tournament.
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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 412 yards
After a birdie for Tiger, and a double bogey for Phil Mickelson at the par-3 16th, both players are tied at 6 under (T-25).
• Off the tee: A stinging iron off the tee for Tiger finds the fairway.
• Approach shot: A high iron shot finds the right rough. It looked like it could have come down off the hill, but stayed in the rough.
• Around the green: Tiger’s chip shot was solid, and an easy one of that, but it’s left short.
• On the green: He taps in for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 17 (6 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Henrik Stenson two-putts for birdie on No. 18 to get to 12 under for the tournament. He is now one-shot back of leader Sergio Garcia after a second round bogey-free 8-under 63. This is new low score on the PGA Tour. Phil Mickelson rolls in a birdie putt to go to 7 under on the day.
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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 161 yards
• Off the tee: A 9 iron off the tee and he was staring it down. It lands just short of the hole – 12 feet away.
• On the green: As the rain starts to come down, Woods makes his birdie putt to get to 6 under for the tournament.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 16 (6 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: It’s been a wild ride for Phil Mickelson on the back nine at TPC Boston. He found the water hazard off the tee, and makes a double bogey five. Henrik Stenson has yet another birdie at the 17th and he’s now two shots off the lead. Harris English taps in a birdie putt at the par-5 7th and gets to 9 under for the tournament. English won his first PGA Tour event this year at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
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Hole No. 15: Par 4, 421 yards
• Off the tee: Change of pace. Tiger takes a 3 wood off the tee and puts it down the fairway.
• Approach shot: From 136 yards, Tiger lands it 20 feet below the cup.
• On the green: The putt moved to his right, and it missed that way too. He didn’t play for that much break.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 15 (5 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: After making the turn at even par, from the back nine, jason Dufner is 4 under through 14 holes. Dufner, the PGA champ, is at 9 under for the tournament.
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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 495 yards
Finally, a putt drops for Tiger. Let’s see if he can keep the momentum going.
• Off the tee: It’s the third hole in a row he’s taken driver. He looks mad about the shot, but it ended up being perfect, long down the middle.
• Approach shot: On a bit of a downhill lie, Woods puts his second shot left of the hole.
• On the green: No good for Tiger’s birdie putt, and will settle for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 14 (5 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson will drop another shot after chipping twice around the green. He taps in for bogey to drop back to even for the day and 8 under for the tournament.
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Hole No. 13: Par 4, 451 yards
• Off the tee: Another good swing with the driver for Tiger and he splits the fairway.
• Approach shot: A good angle into the green, Woods puts it to 15 feet after a cut second shot.
• On the green: After getting a good read from Adam Scott’s putt, Tiger makes his third birdie of the day.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 13 (5 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott drains another birdie putt to get to 3 under for the tournament. Phil Mickelson gets up and down, again, to save par at the 13th.
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Hole No. 12: Par 4, 461 yards
Tiger seems to be striking the ball well, both off the tee and with his irons. It’s his putting that is letting him down today.
• Off the tee: Driver in hand, a club flip means that its right now the middle.
• Approach shot: After a 320-yard tee shot, Tiger pulled his second shot just a bit, but it’s the right distance. And he’ll have a 20 footer for birdie.
• On the green: The downhill putt, which moved to his right, moved that way, but it was just under the cup. He’ll settle for another two-putt and par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 12 (4 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: A tap in birdie for Henrik Stenson at No. 13, for his sixth birdie of the day, gets him to 10 under for the tournament, and three shots back of Sergio Garcia. Adam Scotts lips out hard for his birdie attempt from across the green. Brian Gay, dressed in Gator colors (orange pants and a blue shirt), is 8 under for the tournament.
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Hole No. 11: Par 3, 231 yards
Another two-putt par for Tiger at the 10th. He has 17 putts so far through 10 holes.
• Off the tee: A hand comes off the 3 iron he used into the green, but he ends up being hole-high. He’ll have 35 feet for birdie.
• On the green: Tiger is just not getting the ball to the hole. He leaves his birdie attempt short of the cup. A solid par save from 4 feet.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 11 (4 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course:A great up and down par save by Phil Mickelson after he missed the green, right with a 4 iron. He pulled off one of his famous Phil flop-shots.
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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 425 yards
Tiger’s putter just can’t get going today. He has missed at least three putts inside of 10 feet for birdie.
• Off the tee: With less than driver off the tee, Tiger places a good tee shot just down the left fairway.
• Approach shot: His second shot landed right of the hole, about 25 feet away from the cup.
• On the green: Tiger’s birdie attempt takes a dip left at the end and it just misses the hole. He makes his 4-footer for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 10 (4 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson pulls his tee shot and finds the hazard. He ends up with a good bogey from the back of the green. He is now 9 under for the tournament. Adam Scott lips out for his birdie attempt from 12 feet. He remains 4 under on the day.
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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 472 yards
It was a good, solid par-3 for Woods as he hit a good tee shot and two-putted for par.
• Off the tee: Perfect tee shot down the middle of fairway.
• Approach shot: From 160 yards out, he lands it just short of the green, one hops it and lands 8 feet from the hole.
• On the green: Tiger didn’t hit it firmly enough as it dives off the the left of the hole. It’s another par for Tiger.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 9 (4 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Four consecutive birdies for Nicolas Thompson bring his tournament total to 9 under. He is 4 under on the day through seven holes. Another wayward tee shot on the ninth hole for Phil Mickelson. He has to chip it out and it makes it to the rough, only 10-15 yards in front of him. He puts his third shot to 10 feet below the hole and he drains it for a good par-save.
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Hole No. 8: Par 3, 213 yards
A nice bounce back for Tiger after a bogey at the sixth. Let’s see if he can keep it going.
• Off the tee: With a 6 iron, Tiger asking for it to go. It doesn’t make it over the front ridge and will have a long birdie attempt.
• On the green: His birdie putt is left just short of the cup. It’s a tap in par for Woods.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 8 (4 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott, winner of the 2003 Deutsche bank, makes a 20 footer for birdie at the par-3 to move to 2 under for the tournament. He’s 4 under on the day. Phil Mickelson saves par after going over the green with his tee shot. He’s three back of current leader Sergio Garcia.
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Hole No. 7: Par 5, 600 yards
Tiger dropped a shot at the last. Let’s see if he can get it back at this par-5.
• Off the tee: Tiger finds the right fairway bunker off the tee, and will have no shot of getting to the green in two on this par-5
• Approach shot: Woods lays up from the fairway bunker and will have 140-yards or so into the green from the fairway. He sticks his third shot to 5 feet for birdie.
• On the green: An easy birdie putt from 5 feet, up the hill goes in for Tiger.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 7 (4 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: A guy that has been playing good since the U.S. Open: Henrik Stenson. he is making a move at TPC Boston. He is 5 under through eight holes. He birdies Nos. 2 and 4-7. After bogeying No. 6, Adam Scott birdies the par-5 and got it back to 1 under for the tournament.
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Hole No. 6: Par 4, 465 yards
Not take advantage of these easy birdie opportunities is going to hurt Tiger in the long run.
• Off the tee: Tiger finds the right fairway bunker. His ball is buried in the lip of the bunker.
• Approach shot: After the brutal lie in the bunker, all Tiger can do is advance it 50 yards up the fairway. His third shot still doesn’t find the green (he’s on the fringe). It spun back to 25 feet.
• On the green: He knew from the start that his putt was short and walks after it right away. He taps in for bogey.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 6 (3 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott makes his first bogey of the day dropping him back to even-par for the tournament. Scott couldn’t convert on a 10 footer to save par.
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Hole No. 5: Par 4, 466 yards
Maybe that birdie will spark Tiger’s round. He’s gonna need some more on this course.
• Off the tee: With a wood off the tee, Woods puts it right now the middle.
• Approach shot: With just less than 200 yards into the green, Tiger puts his second shot to inside of 10 feet.
• On the green: Woods doesn’t like the putt from the start and it misses. He two-putts, again.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 5 (4 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course:Back-to-back birdies for Adam Scott pushes him to 1 under for the tournament and currently inside the cutline. Phil Mickelson saves par from 8 feet after missing the green with his approach shot.
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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 298 yards
Another birdie putt that scares the hole on No. 3, but doesn’t drop for Tiger. The drivable par-4 is up next.
• Off the tee: Tiger land’s just short of the green on the drivable par-4. Will have an awkward length chip shot to the green.
• Around the green: The ball won’t settle where he wants it to and it goes 12 feet past the hole.
• On the green: A birdie putt for Tiger decides to drop after just reaching the hole.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 4 (4 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course:After Tiger made his first birdie of the day, Adam Scott decided to drop in his second from just over 5 feet. Phil Mickelson, who found the green from the tee, two-putted from 60 feet to add another birdie to his scorecard and move to 10 under for the tournament.
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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 208 yards
It seems like the putter isn’t working properly early on in the round. Tiger will need to get that going if he wants to be in contention by the end of the day.
• Off the tee: Tiger is on the green on this par-3 but is the further away from the hole in this threesome.
• On the green: The birdie putt looks as if it might be good, but it misses. He settles for another par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 3 (3 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson (9 under) and Adam Scott (1 over) make pars as well.
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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 542 yards
Not the start Tiger was looking for, especially being in birdie range and two good shots to start the round.
• Off the tee: Woods finds the left rough off the tee, and will have more than 200 yards into the par-5.
• Approach shot: Woods lays up from the rough and hits it in the fairway to about 100 yards. On his approach shot to the green, he can’t get it close and he’ll have a 20 feet left for birdie.
• On the green: He had a great look from Adam Scott’s putt, but it’s too fast and run through the break. He settles for another par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 2 (3 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson converts on a 5 foot birdie putt and goes to 9 under for the tournament. U.S. Open champion Justin Rose finished his second round with a bogey-free 8-under 63, tying the low round of the tournament with Mickelson.
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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 365 yards
Here we go! The marquee group of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott is about to tee off. Let’s recap yesterday’s round with scores: Woods (3-under 68), Mickelson (8-under 63 that included a 7-under 28 on the back nine) and Scott (2-over 73).
• Off the tee: With an iron off the first tee, Woods finds the middle of the fairway.
• Approach shot: Tiger sticks it to 5 feet with a wedge.
• On the green: A hard lip out from easy birdie range for Tiger is not the ideal start he was looking for. He two-putts.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 1 (3 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott both par the first hole, too. Mickelson was in tight (8 feet), but could not convert.
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Update No. 6: 1:06 p.m. EDT
Robert Castro finishes his second round with a 6-under 65 and currently sits in second place at 12 under, one-shot behind Sergio Garcia.
Other notables near the top of the leader board:
• Jason Day shot consecutive 67s to sit at 8 under
• Steve Stricker shot 66-68 and also sits at 8 under
• Charl Schwartzel is T-11 at 7-under with rounds of 67-68
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Update No. 5: 12:23 p.m. EDT
An eagle at the last gets Sergio Garcia to 13 under for the tournament, and takes a two-shot lead over the field. Garcia finished with a 7-under 64 on Saturday. He had an eagle and seven birdies. His only hiccup came at the 14th, where he made a double bogey.
Roberto Castro is two-shots back at 11 under. In solo third is Matt Kuchar at 10 under. He is 5 under through 14 holes.
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Update No. 4: 12:03 p.m. EDT
No. 14 seems to be giving these players trouble. Robert Castro, just like Sergio Garcia, also made a double bogey on the 495-yard par-4. That drops Castro back to 10 under for the tournament and allows Garcia to take over the lead at 11 under. Garcia has one hole to play.
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Update No. 3: 11:33 a.m. EDT
After bogeying the par-4 13th, Sergio Garcia double bogeyed the 14th hole. That drops him back to 11 under on the day. Robert Castro now has a one-shot lead after bogeying the 13th hole.
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Update No. 2: 11:13 a.m. EDT
Put down another birdie for Sergio Garcia on the par-4 13th. That moves him to 7 under on the day and into a tie for the lead with Roberto Castro at 13 under.
Don’t look now, but Steve Stricker is 3 under through 10 holes on Saturday. Stricker is at 8 under for the tournament.
Stricker is No. 11 in the President’s Cup standings. He would need a victory this week to get into the top-10, in which those players automatically make the team.
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Update No. 1: 10:54 a.m. EDT
Roberto Castro and Sergio Garcia are off to hot starts in Saturday’s second round.
Castro is 7 under through 10 holes on the day and shot a 7-under 29 on the front nine. He started with an eagle on No. 2 and birdie Nos. 3-5. He added in birdies on Nos. 7 and 9. Castro is leading by one, at 13 under over Garcia.
Garcia is 6 under through 12 holes after shooting 5 under on the front nine at TPC Boston.
Castro and Garcia shot 6-under 65s in Friday’s first round. The next closest player is Phil Mickelson after an opening round 8-under 63. Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Adam Scott tee off at 1:10 p.m. EST.
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