Sergio stretches Deutsche Bank lead

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NORTON, Massachusetts: Sergio Garcia fired a six-under par 65 on Sunday (Monday in Manila) to stretch his lead over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson to two strokes after three rounds of the $8 million Deutsche Bank Championship.

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The Spaniard, who took a one-stroke lead over Stenson into the third round, posted five of his seven birdies on the back nine at TPC Boston and had just one bogey to remain atop the leaderboard with a 19-under par total of 194.

“I was very happy with it,” Garcia said. “It wasn’t as easy as maybe it looked. I played very nicely, hit a lot of good iron shots . . . hit some really good putts.”

Stenson carded a 66 for 196 and was one stroke in front of Canadian Graham DeLaet and US veteran Steve Stricker.

DeLaet bounced back from an opening bogey with a vengeance, firing 10 birdies in a nine-under 62. Stricker—who nearly holed his tee shot at the par-three eighth hole— joined the Canadian on 197 with an eagle on the par-five 18th.

World number one Tiger Woods couldn’t take advantage of the rain-softened course, firing a one-over 72. His four bogeys of the day included three in a row starting at the 10th hole and he made the last of his three birdies of the day at the par-three 16th.

AFP

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