HUMBLE, Texas – Sergio Garcia surged to the top of the leader board by shooting a 7-under-par 65 in the second round of the Houston Open on Friday.
The Spaniard’s overall score of 12-under 132 matches the 36-hole low at the 7,441-yard Golf Club of Houston, and he’s one shot ahead of Matt Kuchar.
Garcia, opening on the back nine, climbed the leader board with a birdie-eagle-birdie stretch on his front nine. His eagle on No. 13 came after sticking his 282-yard second shot to 5 feet.
I mean, obviously I feel good, but every week is different, said Garcia, who will next week chase his first major victory at the Masters. First of all, we got to finish this week, and hopefully next week I’ll be feeling good (and) not too many things will be bothering me health-wise, and then just feel good on the course, hopefully play well and things happen.
First-round co-leader Bill Haas followed his opening 65 with a 2-over 74 in gusty conditions. The other first-round leader, Charley Hoffman, fell to 3 under overall.
Phil Mickelson shot a 2-under 70 and is 6 under overall, six shots back of Garcia.
After a bogey-free opening round Thursday, Mickelson – still recovering from last week’s muscle pull that forced his withdrawal from the Texas Open – overcame a pair of bogeys Friday with four birdies.
The five-time major winner, who won the Houston Open in 2011, had back-to-back birdies to reach 6 under and is one of 11 golfers within six shots of Garcia.
LPGA: In Rancho Mirage, Calif., Lexi Thompson shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 at Mission Hills for a share of the second-round lead with Se Ri Pak.
Thompson, 19, birdied eight of the last 13 holes and had only 25 putts after taking 35 in a first-round 73. Pak had a 70 to match Thompson at 7-under 137 in the first major championship of the year.
Michelle Wie was a stroke back after a 71.
First-round leader Shanshan Feng bogeyed the final two holes for a 73 to drop into a tie for fourth with Cristie Kerr at 5 under. Kerr had a 70.
EUROPEAN: In Cadiz, Spain, Marc Warren of Scotland shot a 5-under 67 to take the clubhouse lead at the NH Collection Open before the second round was suspended because of bad light.
Warren made six birdies and a bogey for a 5-under total of 139 to sit one shot ahead of Felipe Aguilar of Chile, who carded a 69.
David Horsey of England was also on 5 under through 15 holes to join Warren atop the leader board before play was stopped.
Rain delayed the start of the inaugural event on Thursday, forcing the first round to also be suspended and finished Friday morning. Warren played the last seven holes of his first round in the morning before coming back for the second.
Horsey and 44 more golfers in the 144-player field will have to complete the second round early today.