Sergio Garcia was doing everything right. He had the lead going into the third round. He kept bogeys off his card and made two birdies on the front nine.
And he was losing ground Sunday in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Garcia regained control on the back nine of the rain-softened TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., making five birdies for a 6-under 65 that gave him a 2-shot lead over Henrik Stenson. Garcia hit 4-iron from 218 yards onto the 18th green for a two-putt birdie as darkness settled over New England on this longest of days.
But nothing is close to being settled at this FedEx Cup playoff event.
Not with such a soft course, with preferred lies, with mint conditions on the putting surfaces and the world’s best players — most of them, anyway — in top form. There were 332 birdies and 10 eagles in the third round, translating to sub-par holes 32 percent of the time.
Stenson had a 66.
Tee times have been moved up today because of the threat of more rain.
Garcia was at 19-under 194, though the Spaniard isn’t great at protecting the 54-hole lead. His record is 3-7 when he has at least a share of the lead going into the last day.
Graham DeLaet of Canada all but locked up a spot on the Presidents Cup team with a 62 that left him 3 shots behind with Steve Stricker, who had a 63 and took a big step toward making the U.S. team for the matches next month at Muirfield Village. PGA champion Jason Dufner had a share of the lead until cooling off on the back nine. He had a 66 and was tied for fifth at 15-under 198 with Robert Castro (68).
Immelman earns tour card
Trevor Immelman rallied to win the Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills in Fort Wayne, Ind., to lock up a PGA Tour card in the Web.com Tour Finals opener.
Immelman, a South African who won the 2008 Masters Tournament, made a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 6-under 66 and a 1-stroke victory over Patrick Cantlay.
Cantlay, 3 strokes ahead entering the round, had a chance to force a playoff, but missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th. He finished with a 72.
The top 25 on the Web.com Tour money list last week after the Cox Classic are assured PGA Tour cards for the 2013-14 season, while Nos. 26-75 are fighting with Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings for 25 additional cards in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals series. With the $180,000 first-place check, Immelman — 143rd in the FedEx Cup standings — is guaranteed to get one of those cards.
Immelman had a 20-under 268 total.
Mediate wins in Canada
Rocco Mediate ran away with the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta, for his second victory in 17 starts in his first Champions Tour season.
The 50-year-old Mediate, the Allianz Championship winner in February in his first Champions Tour start, closed with a 7-under 64 at tree-lined Canyon Meadows for a 7-stroke victory.
Mediate opened with a 63 and had a 64 on Saturday to take a 2-stroke lead into the final round. The six-time PGA Tour winner finished at 22-under 191, playing the back nine in 18 under, to tie the tour record for lowest total score in a 54-hole event.
Tom Byrum had a 64 to finish second.
Late birdies lift Frenchman
France’s Gregory Bourdy birdied the last three holes for a 4-under 67 and a 2-stroke victory over American Peter Uihlein in the Wales Open in Newport, Wales.
Bourdy won his fourth European Tour title and first since the 2009 Hong Kong Open. He finished at 8-under 276 on Celtic Manor’s Twenty Ten Course, the site of the 2010 Ryder Cup.