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NORTON, Mass. -- After a 4-under 67 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, Tiger Woods is 7 under for the tournament and six shots back of leader Sergio Garcia, who posted a 64 on Saturday to lead by one.
Playing for the second consecutive day with Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott, Woods had five birdies -- the last on a 35-foot putt on the 18th hole -- and one bogey. He hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation and 10 of 14 fairways.
"I hit it better today," said Woods, who opened with a 68 on Friday. "I didn't make much out there. It was a good enough day."
After a 63 on Friday that included a 28 on the back nine (his front side), Mickelson struggled in Round 2 to a 71. He was 4 over on the back nine at TPC Norton before closing with two birdies.
"I was playing terrible," Mickelson said. "But I shot even par. I could have easily shot myself out of the tournament with that back nine."
The Spaniard opened with five birdies in seven holes, then knocked in an 18-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole.
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 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 without 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."
Castro made an eagle on the par-5 second hole and made the turn in 7-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.
Stenson shared the low round of the day with U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, who stands at 9 under.
Scott, the Masters champion, rebounded from an opening-round 73 to shoot a 66 on Saturday. He's at 3 under, two shots clear of the cut line.
By missing the cut on Saturday, 11 players were eliminated from the remainder of the playoffs, which culminate with the Tour Championship starting Sept.19 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
With perfect scoring conditions expected over the final 36 holes, Woods said he must go low to have a chance to win.
"It is what it is," he said. "There's so many guys up there. This course is soft. It's gettable. And I know they tried to put the pins in more difficult spots. But when it's warm like this, the ball is flying. We're hitting 3-woods 300-plus yards. It's going to play short. If that's the case with soft greens, you can get after this golf course."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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