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.”
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.