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NORTON---Sergio Garcia had a
good start and a great finish yester-
day in the Deutsche Bank Champi-
onship in Massachusetts.
Garcia opened with five birdies in
seven holes, and then knocked in an
18-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole
at the TPC Boston for a seven-under
64 and a one-shot lead over Roberto
Castro among the early starters in
the second round.
Matt Kuchar had a 66 and was
three shots behind.
Phil Mickelson, who opened with
a 63, was among the late players on
a cloudy afternoon and playing for
the second straight day with Tiger
Woods, who was ten shots out of the
lead when he teed off.
Garcia is not a regular at the second
FedEx Cup playoff event. He prefers
to take this week off to rest, but he
couldn t guarantee that he would be
among the top 70 in the standings
after the Deutsche Bank Champi-
onship who advance to the third event
So far, it looks like a good move.
"Unfortunately, I didn t play well
enough and it was touch-and-go if
I was going to make the BMW with-
out playing here," said Garcia, who
is at No 55. "Sixteen guys could easily
pass me if they played well. So we
decided to come here and make a
little bit of an extra effort of playing
five weeks in a row, which I don t
usually enjoy very much."
Garcia looked as if he would be
much higher in the FedEx Cup stand-
ings earlier this year, when he had
top tens in a World Golf Champi-
onship, the Masters and The Players
Championship. But his year took a
bad turn off the course. During a two-
week spat with Woods that began at
The Players Championship, Garcia
jokingly said during a Q-and-A at an
awards dinner in London that he
would invite Woods over during for
dinner during the US Open and serve
He apologised the next day, though
he was clearly rattled. Garcia hasn t
finished in the top 20 since.
For the longest time, the morning
portion of the second round was a
duel between Garcia and Castro.
Castro made an eagle on the par-
five second hole and made the turn
in seven-under 29. But he didn t give
himself good birdie looks the next
three holes, missed the green long on
No 13 for bogey and then took two
shots to get out of a grassy mound
short of the 14th hole and took double
bogey. He birdied two of the last three
for a 65.
For some players, their season
William McGirt, Luke Guthrie, Greg
Chalmers and Scott Brown were
among those who were out of the top
70 and appeared headed toward a
missed cut. Kyle Stanley was at No
66 and missed the cut, meaning his
season was likely over.
Ernie Els and Ian Poulter are still
in the mix.
Els is at No 91, but he found some-
thing in his game this week and was
at seven-under 135. He would need
to be about 15th or better to advance.
Poulter is at No 77 and doesn t
have a great record on the TPC
Leopold Konig used a final uphill
surge to win the eighth stage of
the Spanish Vuelta yesterday,
while Nicolas Roche took over the
leader s red jersey.
Konig passed Igor Anton before
holding off Daniel Moreno s sprint
to claim the 167-kilometre (104-
mile) ride from Jerez de la Frontera
ending with a category-one summit
finish at Alto de Penas Blancas.
Konig finished with a time of
four hours, nine minutes, 46 sec-
onds. Moreno was one second
behind, and Roche crossed five sec-
Konig s strong day moved him
up to fifth in the overall standings,
29 seconds off Roche s leading
"The first part was steep and
the final part more steady. I knew
that if I survived the first part I
could attack in the second," Konig
said. "We are going for the overall
classification and to get in the top
ten, but also to pick up some stages.
So it was a great day for us."
The 25-year-old Konig, who
rides for NetApp-Endura, also won
a stage of the Tour of California
earlier this month.
The ride that took the peloton
along the southern coast and then
up a steep mountain with spec-
tacular views of the sea below
shook up the top part of the overall
standings after two days of tran-
Roche, the Irish SaxoBank-Tin-
koff cyclist, opened up a 17-second
lead over Moreno and American
veteran Christopher Horner. Former
leader Vincenzo Nibali ended up
18 seconds behind.
Former Vuelta winner Alejandro
Valverde was 31 seconds behind in
seventh place, while fellow Spanish
favourite Joaquim Rodriguez was
1:03 back in tenth.
Roche, who won the second
stage last Sunday, said he was sur-
prised that he had taken the lead
"The other day when I attacked
and got the win I missed getting
the red jersey," Roche said. "I
thought that if Nibali focused on
other riders I could pick up a few
seconds here and there and that s
what happened today.
"Every year I come to the Vuelta
with the dream of wearing the red
jersey one day. It s incredible."
Garmin Sharp rider Daniel Mar-
tin abandoned the race before the
day s start after falling on Friday.
Today s ride is a 163-kilometre
(104-mile) mountainous stage from
Antequera to Valdepenas de Jaen.
The three-week grand tour fin-
ishes in Madrid on September 15.
Garcia's big finish
gives him early lead Konig wins eighth
stage of Vuelta
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