- Associated Press - Sunday, September 1, 2013

NORTON, MASS. (AP) - 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, making five birdies for a 6-under 65 that gave him a two-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 to Monday morning 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 three 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).

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 straight 71 and wound up 12 shots behind. and Woods was 13 strokes back after a 72.

SAFEWAY CLASSIC

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ 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.

Three strokes behind leader Tseng entering the round, Pettersen closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over second-ranked Stacy Lewis.

The 32-year-old Norwegian finished at 20-under 268 for her second LPGA Tour victory of the year and 12th overall. She won the 2011 tournament at Pumpkin Ridge.

Tseng followed her third-round 63 with a 78 to tie for ninth at 12 under. The Taiwanese star is winless in 37 events since the Kia Classic in March 2012.

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