Date: May 11, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Garcia ahead of chasing Tiger

A run of five consecutive birdies has launched Sergio Garcia into the lead at The Players Championship with two rounds to play. Garcia birdied five straight holes starting with the par-five 2nd on his way to a seven-under second round of 65 at TPC Sawgrass in Florida, rising to 11 under for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Tiger Woods who sits second. The 33-year-old Spaniard started his second round on the back nine, birdying the 16th and 18th holes to be two under halfway through. A bogey on the 1st left Garcia at five under but his run of birdies plus another on the 8th put him into the lead. Overnight leader Roberto Castro plummeted down the leaderboard with a six-over 78 in Ponte Vedra Beach. Castro, who is making his debut at The Players Championship, notched a birdie on the 2nd hole before making four bogeys on the front nine. The 27-year-old American then bogeyed the 11th hole and double-bogeyed the 12th to finish the second day at TPC Sawgrass on three under overall. Woods finished the second round at 10 under after producing an eagle and five birdies on his way to a five-under 67, while Kevin Chappell, Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson are tied for third on nine under overall. Americans Ryan Palmer and Casey Wittenberg join Swede David Lingmerth on eight under, ahead of Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson and Australian Adam Scott who are seven under the card. Scott&aposs countryman Marc Leishman is a further shot back on six under in equal 13th position and Greg Chalmers is the next best Australian on three under.