On a TPC Boston softened by so much rain that the third round Sunday had to be started over, Garcia kept his nose in front and gave himself a two-shot cushion with a birdie on the final hole as darkness settled over New England.
Nothing is close to being settled at this FedEx Cup playoff event, though.
Garcia was at 19-under 194 and had a two-shot lead over Henrik Stenson, perhaps the hottest player in golf with two runner-up finishes and two third-place finishes in his last five events. The Swede went birdie-for-birdie with Garcia for much of the overcast day until a three-putt bogey on the 17th caused him to settle for 66.
Graham DeLaet all but locked up a spot on the Presidents Cup team with 62 that left him three shots behind with Steve Stricker, who had 63 and took a big step toward making the U.S. team for the matches next month at Muirfield Village.
The scoring was simply relentless on a course that is long and wide with pristine conditions.
About the only ones who couldn’t keep up were the star attractions at the start of the week – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
Mickelson had his second consecutive 71, and this one wasn’t exciting at all. Woods didn’t get anything going early and fell apart on the back nine. Going into the Labor Day final round, 25 players have posted all three rounds in the 60s, and most of them don’t have a chance.
WEB.COM TOUR: In Fort Wayne, Ind., Trevor Immelman rallied to win the Hotel Fitness Championship on Sunday at Sycamore Hills to lock up a PGA Tour card in the opener of the four-week finals series.
Immelman, who won the 2008 Masters Tournament, made a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole for 6-under 66 and a one-stroke win over Patrick Cantlay.
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.
Kevin Kisner shot 70 and tied for third at 18-under 270. He was two shots back. Will Claxton (69) tied for seventh, Henrik Norlander (69) tied for 24th and Scott Parel (71) tied for 60th.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Calgary, Alberta, Rocco Mediate ran away with the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic on Sunday for his second victory in 17 starts in his first Champions Tour season.
The 50-year-old Mediate closed with a 7-under 64 at tree-lined Canyon Meadows for a seven-stroke victory.
Mediate opened with a 63 and had a 64 on Saturday to take a two-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.
LPGA TOUR: In Portland, Ore., Suzann Pettersen won the Safeway Classic for the second time in three years, taking advantage of playing partner Yani Tseng’s final-round collapse at Columbia Edgewater. Tseng followed her third-round 63 with 78 to tie for ninth.