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Kim keeps Tour top spot

Garcia trails by two, Mickelson by three

September 27, 2008

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— Anthony Kim and Sergio Garcia did enough Friday at the Tour Championship to set up a Ryder Cup rematch. Kim had to settle for a 1-under 69 on Friday, making bogey from the bunker on the final hole, to take a two-shot lead over Garcia and put them in the final pairing just six days after their leadoff singles match at the Ryder Cup.

Kim won that match, 5 and 4, and the Americans followed him to victory at Valhalla. Kim was at 7-under 133 at East Lake. Garcia was 4 over through his first six holes of the tournament, rallied for a 70, then followed that with nearly flawless play for a 65.

Not to be forgotten was Kim's tag-team partner from the Ryder Cup - Phil Mickelson, who ran off five birdies over the last seven holes for a 68 that put him three shots behind.

And there's more at stake than just $1.26 million to the winner.

Mickelson, Garcia and Kim are the top contenders to win the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average on the PGA Tour, which could be decided this weekend.

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