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Luke Donald leads Madrid Masters as Garcia struggles

Madrid Masters: second-round leaderboard:
-12 L Donald (Eng) -11 R Davies (Wal) -9 J Donaldson (Wal) -8 G McDowell (NI) -7 G Storm (Eng), F Molinari (Ita), J Sandelin (Swe) Selected others:-4 B Dredge (Wal) +1 S Garcia (Spa)

Luke Donald
Donald is looking to go one better than his second place at Wentworth

England's Luke Donald added a 67 to his opening-round 65 on Friday to lead the second round at the Madrid Masters.

Leading overnight with Welsh pair Rhys Davies and Jamie Donaldson, Donald hit seven birdies to go 12 under overall.

Davies lies in second after his 68 took him to 11 under, while Donaldson - in third - leads Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell by one shot on nine under.

Spaniard Sergio Garcia, however, missed his first cut on European soil in six years after a 73 left him one over.

Garcia last missed a cut in Europe at the 2004 Open at Royal Troon, but after starting his round with a double-bogey seven he was unable to recover enough to gain ground following his opening round 72.

The 30-year-old, who has dropped from second in the world to 32nd after nearly 18 months without a top-three finish, hit six birdies but there were also five bogeys.

"Nobody likes to miss a cut, in front of your home crowd even more," said Garcia. "It's disappointing, but it is what it is. I'm just not playing well enough. It's as simple as that.

I feel like I should have won a few (tournaments) in the last few years, but I'm in a great position here

Luke Donald

"It's the way it is at the moment. Hopefully it will turn around and it's just a matter of seeing how long it will take. We've all been in these stretches, but it's hard because when you know your potential and you feel you can't achieve it it's difficult."

Donald had no such worries, continuing his superb response to losing the BMW PGA Championship by one on Sunday after double-bogeying the penultimate hole.

His only dropped shots in his second round came when he three-putted the short seventh and plugged in a bunker for another bogey on the next hole.

"It's hard to play perfect golf for four days, but the two bogeys were not really bad shots and I feel like I have a lot better control with my irons this week," said the 32-year-old, who despite being 13th in the world has not had a win in Europe for six years and anywhere for four.

"I keep knocking at the door and hopefully it will open soon. I feel like I should have won a few in the last few years, but I'm in a great position here."

The Englishman would have been joined at the top of the leaderboard by Davies had the Welshman not hit a bogey four at the 17th, while Donaldson battled back from three dropped shots in the first six holes with birdies on 15, 16 and 17 to finish the day in third.


"I was a little disappointed the way I finished," admitted Davies. "I thought I could have got the lead on my own, but all in all I won't complain. I'm right in with a shout."

Like Donald, Northern Irishman McDowell also bogeyed the seventh and eighth, as well as dropping a shot on the 12th, but five birdies and an eagle three at the 10th ensured he maintained his challenge.

The round of the day, though, belonged to Englishman Graeme Storm as he drilled eight birdies in a flawless round of 64 to end the day joint fifth at seven under alongside Italy's Francesco Molinari and Jarmo Sandelin of Sweden.

At the back of the pack, New Zealander Michael Campbell's woes continued when he quit after nine holes with shoulder trouble.

The 2005 US Open champion was 10 over and still has not made a cut since last October.

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