Garcia shoots 65 to set pace in Houston

Fri Apr 4, 2014 9:20pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Sergio Garcia served up another reminder that he is back in top form heading into next week's Masters when he took the second round lead at the $6.4 million Houston Open on Friday.

The Spaniard was in control of all facets of his game as he reeled off an eagle and five birdies for a seven-under-par 65 in breezy morning conditions at the Golf Club of Houston.

Garcia recorded a 12-under 132 halfway total, one stroke ahead of American Matt Kuchar and four in front of the rest of the field.

"I was able for most part of the day to drive the ball fairly well and my iron play was quite good and short game worked nicely again, so I'm very happy with that," Garcia, 34, told Golf Channel after sinking a six-footer to save par on his final hole.

"It was the kind of day you needed (to be in control) because there were a lot of tight tee shots and tough second shots into the greens.

"I was a little fortunate a couple of holes, was able to make a couple of really nice pars and kept my round going."

Nearly 15 years have passed since a teenage Garcia catapulted into the spotlight in an enthralling battle with Tiger Woods at the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah outside Chicago.

Garcia finished runner-up to Woods there but is still seeking his elusive breakthrough major victory.

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