A good start and a great finish was enough for Sergio Garcia to take the lead Saturday in the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass.
For Phil Mickelson, just finishing in the same spot he started was a victory.
On another day of soft conditions at TPC Boston, Garcia opened with five birdies in seven holes, and then made an 18-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a 7-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Roberto Castro (65) and Henrik Stenson (63). He was at 13-under 129 in the second FedEx Cup playoff event.
Tiger Woods, in the 1-2-3 ranking grouping with Mickelson and Adam Scott, made a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 18 for a 67 and was six shots back.
Mickelson, though, stole the show. He went into the hazard to the left of the ninth fairway and into another one right of the 10th fairway. He hit into the gallery to the left and into the gallery on the right on consecutive holes. He found the water on 16. And he still managed an even-par 71 by closing with back-to-back birdies, leaving him five shots behind.
"I was playing terrible, and I shot even par," he said. "It's embarrassing to hit shots like that. But we all have our moments like that. And you just have to deal with it."
LPGA Tour: Yani Tseng had a 9-under 63 to take a three-shot lead at the Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore. She was at 18-under 198 at Columbia Edgewater. Suzann Pettersen (70) and Pornanong Phatlum (71) shared second.
Champions Tour: Rocco Mediate played the back nine in 7-under 29 for the second straight day to increase his lead to two shots at the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta. He followed his opening 8-under 63 with a 64 to reach 15 under at Canyon Meadows. San Mateo's Michael Allen (66) was 11 under.
Web.com Tour: Patrick Cantlay shot an 8-under 64 and held a three-stroke lead at the Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind. Fighting a back injury, Cantlay was at 19-under 197 in the opener of the four-event Web.com Tour Finals at Sycamore Hills. Kevin Kisner (63) was second. Former San Jose State star Arron Oberholser (68) was among the six players tied for third at 14 under.