Garcia shoots 67 to move into 3-way share of lead


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP)—Sergio Garcia shot a 5-under 67 on Fridayto move into an early three-way share of the lead in the second round of the AbuDhabi Championship.

The Spaniard reached 11-under despite continuing to feel pain from a handinjury sustained at the Dubai World Championship in November.

“With the hand problem and bad weather at home I have not been able topractice as much as I would have liked, so getting into the lead has exceeded myexpectations here,” Garcia said.

“I feel I have played nicely but there were shots where I could have been abit more positive. But when you have been unable to practice as much as you wantdoubts do creep in.”

Garcia was joined at 11-under by Ireland’s Shane Lowry , who had sevenbirdies in a round of 65, and Sweden’s Peter Hanson , who shot a 67.

It was Lowry’s first appearance at the top of the leaderboard since turningprofessional after his victory, as an amateur, in the Irish Open last May.

On a second day of hot desert sunshine and barely any wind to prevent lowscoring, there were still some strugglers in a field containing eight of theworld’s top 20.

The most notable player to lose ground on the leaders was England’s LeeWestwood , who started his second round with four bogeys and fell 11 shots offthe pace. Two shots further was back was his Australian playing partner GeoffOgilvy , who began 2010 by winning the SBS Championship.

One of the three first-round leaders, England’s Ian Poulter , was unable torepeat his 7-under start. He had a round of 70 and was two shots off the lead.

Italy’s Francesco Molinari had a hole-in-one at the 174-yard fourth holewith his 7-iron tee shot.