Garcia surges to BMW summit, McIlroy lurks

Fri Sep 5, 2014 9:49pm EDT
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By Ben Everill

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colorado (Reuters) - Spain’s Sergio Garcia fired an impressive six-under-par 64 to take the halfway lead at the BMW Championship on Friday, with world number one Rory McIlroy only two off the pace after another 67.

Garcia holed out for an eagle from 126 yards, hit five birdies and a lone bogey to move to eight-under par for the tournament, leaving him one clear of American Ryan Palmer in the Tour's penultimate playoff event.

Palmer holds outright second at seven-under after matching Garcia’s 64, while McIlroy's second successive 67 put him tied third with American Billy Horschel (66) at six-under.

Garcia, looking for his first win on the PGA Tour this term, started relatively slowly with just one birdie in the opening six holes before he kick-started his round by holing out from the fairway for eagle on the par four seventh.

While he gave a shot back with bogey on the eighth, the world number four produced four birdies on the back nine, and an impressive par save after finding water, to ensure he led going into the weekend.

Garcia won the Qatar Masters on the European Tour in January but has been unable to close out a win despite several close calls.

He has eight top 10 finishes since February on the US tour, including three runner-ups and two thirds.

"It's nice to be able to put yourself up there as often as possible, but we still have two days to go and I need to play better than I did the last two days,” Garcia said.   Continued...

Sergio Garcia reacts following his birdie on the 18th green during the second round of the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports