- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2009

JERSEY CITY, N.J. | Seven days ago, Sergio Garcia wasn’t even sure whether he would be eligible to play in the Barclays for the start of the PGA Tour playoffs for the FedEx Cup.

Suddenly, he has a splendid view from the top.

Garcia took another important step toward recovering from a troublesome season Thursday with a 6-under 65 at Liberty National for a share of the lead with Paul Goydos and Steve Marino.

“We are getting back into it,” Garcia said. “Last week was nice. It was good to see ourselves… getting that feeling of being out there trying to win a tournament and getting the juices flowing a little bit. We’re just looking forward to hopefully finishing the year well here, keep this good momentum going.”

At a different venue - Liberty National - Garcia stayed the course. He is a two-time winner of this tournament, both times at tree-lined Westchester. On a track with intimidating views inside the ropes and gorgeous vistas of Manhattan, he wound up in a familiar spot.

In some respects, so did Tiger Woods.

The Barclays is the only tournament Woods has played at least three times without ever finishing in the top 10. He shot a 70.

Most players would have taken such a score when they first saw Liberty National. The course played significantly shorter, however, with five tees moved forward, and it showed in the scoring.

Nearly half the field was at par or better, and some two dozen players shot in the 60s.

Goydos ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch starting with the 16th hole, which he attributed to great putting, solid wedge play and the PGA Tour rules staff for being gentle with hole locations and some forward tees.

“In theory, you have 125 of the best players on the PGA Tour here this week. Someone is going to shoot a low round every day,” Goydos said. “Today was my chance.”

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