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Garcia & Drysdale lead in Madrid

SECOND ROUND LEADERBOARD: (GB & Ire unless stated)
-13 S Garcia (Spa), D Drysdale -12 E Canonica (Ita), R McGowan, G Murphy
-11 J Campillo (Spa), A Wall, D Willett Selected others: -9 M Quiros (Spa) -5 O Fisher -4 L Donald, JM Olazabal (Spa) +1 D Clarke


Sergio Garcia
Garcia holed a hat-trick of birdies in his second-round 67

Sergio Garcia carded a five-under-par 67 to share the lead at the Madrid Masters after Friday's second round.

The Spanish world number eight is tied at 13 under with Scotland's David Drysdale, who shot a second-round 65.

Overnight leader Manuel Quiros is four shots back, having added a one over 73 to his superb opening-day round of 62.

Seven players remain within three shots of the leaders, but Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke missed the cut when his second round of 76 left him one over.

Englishman Ross McGowan carded a second consecutive round of 66 to end the day a shot behind Garcia and Drysdale, alongside Italy's Emanuele Canonica and Irishman Gary Murphy.

McGowan's compatriots Anthony Wall and Danny Willett are a shot further back at 12 under, but Oliver Fisher, third behind Garcia and Quiros overnight, slipped back following a two over 74.

The goal has been to give myself a few opportunities and see what happens

David Drysdale

Luke Donald, Paul Lawrie and Jose Maria Olazabal were among a group who scraped inside the cut at four under for the tournament.

Garcia birdied four of his first six holes after the turn, while Drysdale hit an eagle three at the last.

"I didn't hit the ball as well as yesterday which was a shame," said Garcia, who is searching for his first victory of the season.

"There were about four putts that I should have made, but overall I'm happy with the round."

Drysdale, 34, made his 10th trip to the Tour qualifying school last November, but is 50th on this year's money list and will be playing for Scotland in the World Cup next month.

"The goal has been to give myself a few opportunities and see what happens," he said.

"The more experience you gain, the more relaxed you feel."

McGowan, who finished with a 10-footer for eagle, said: "That's two of the best ball-striking days I've had.

"My game is as good as it's ever been and hopefully it will keep improving."



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