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Sergio Garcia's surge gives him lead at TPC Boston

He starts with five birdies in seven holes on the way to a 64 and a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

August 31, 2013|Wire reports
  • Sergio Garcia has a one-shot lead after the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on Saturday.
Sergio Garcia has a one-shot lead after the second round of the Deutsche… (Jim Rogash / Getty Images )

Sergio Garcia opened with five birdies in seven holes and later made an 18-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a seven-under 64 to take a one-shot lead over Roberto Castro and Henrik Stenson on Saturday after the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at Norton, Mass.

Garcia was at 13-under 129. Phil Mickelson, who had shared the first-round lead, took a wild ride to a 71 as he closed with back-to-back birdies that left him five strokes back. Tiger Woods, in the featured grouping with Mickelson and Adam Scott, made a 35-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 67 and was six shots back. Woods and Mickelson had plenty of company. With 36 holes to play, 28 players were within six shots of the lead.

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Rocco Mediate played the back nine in seven-under 29 for the second consecutive day to finish at 15-under 127 and increase his lead to two strokes after the second round of the Champions Tour's Shaw Charity Classic at Calgary, Canada.

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Former UCLA standout Patrick Cantlay shot a third-round 64 to take a three-stroke lead at 19-under 197 in the Web.com Tour Finals opener at Fort Wayne, Ind.

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William Campbell, a former U.S. Amateur champion who played on eight Walker Cup teams and served two years as president of the U.S. Golf Assn., has died. He was 90.

MOTOR RACING: Dixon take IndyCar pole at Baltimore

IndyCar driver Will Power spun Scott Dixon in practice Saturday, but Dixon got some payback when he swiped the pole from Power on the last lap of qualifying to take the top spot for the Grand Prix of Baltimore. It also helped ease Dixon's frustration from last week at Sonoma, when he was penalized for inadvertently making contact with Power's Team Penske pit crew. The mishap prompted IndyCar to install new rules involving drivers and the safety of pit crew members.

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NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger has gained a full-time ride with the JTG Daugherty Racing for next season, capping a comeback from a positive drug test in July 2012 that resulted in a NASCAR suspension and the loss of his job with Roger Penske's Sprint Cup team. Allmendinger will take over the No. 47 car driven by Bobby Labonte.

ETC.: Nyad tries swim from Cuba to Florida again

Diana Nyad, 64, launched her fourth bid in three years to become the first person to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys without a protective shark cage. Nyad tried three times in 2011 and 2012. Her last attempt was cut short amid boat trouble, storms, unfavorable currents and box jellyfish stings that left her face puffy and swollen.

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Alpha held off Flat Out by a head in the $750,000 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. . . . New Zealand's Hamish Bond, Eric Murray win the men's pair at rowing world championships at Chungju, South Korea, for their fifth straight title in the event.

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