Garcia, Drysdale lead Madrid Masters|
Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) - Sergio Garcia shot a five-under 67 on Friday
to share the second-round lead with David Drysdale at the Madrid Masters.
Garcia and Drysdale (65) completed two trips around the Centro Nacional course
at 13-under 131 for a one-shot lead over three players.
Chasing his second win of the season -- and his ninth on the European Tour --
Garcia was happy to learn during the round that golf had been voted into the
Olympics for 2016 and '20.
If he stays in shape, the 29-year-old Spaniard reckoned he could play in three
"This is a very special day. We've been fighting for a year now to get it in
and it feels good," said Garcia. "It's going to be an amazing experience for
all of us. I've always watched runners, high jumpers, long jumpers thinking it
would be nice to have the chance and now we do."
The Madrid leaderboard had an undeniable international feel.
Behind the co-leaders -- Drysdale is from Scotland -- Italy's Emanuele
Canonica (65), Ireland's Gary Murphy (65) and England's Ross McGowan (66)
shared second place at 12-under 132.
Spain's Jorge Campillo (66) was tied with Englishmen Anthony Wall (67) and
Danny Willett (67) for sixth place at 11-under 133.
Players from France, Germany, South Africa, Paraguay, Sweden, Finland, the
Netherlands, Wales, Northern Ireland, Thailand, Argentina, New Zealand and
Denmark also made the cut, which fell at four-under 140.
Garcia, a winner at this season's HSBC Champions event, started his second
round on the back nine and birdied two of his first four holes. He gave those
strokes back, however, with his first bogeys of the tournament at the 14th and
A birdie at the 18th had Garcia going in the right direction again, and he
added four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the front nine to post his 67.
Drysdale, meanwhile, opened his round with a birdie on No. 1 and made three
further birdies to make the turn in 32 shots. He added birdies at the 13th and
15th holes, but looked unlikely to join the lead after making a bogey at the
That was until Drysdale eagled the par-five 18th with a 30-foot uphill putt to
join Garcia on top.
"I was just trying to two-putt," said Drysdale, who is seeking his first tour
victory. "[An eagle] is always a bonus."
Darren Clarke and Vivendi Trophy Continental Europe captain Thomas Bjorn were
among the players who missed the cut.
10/09 14:59:11 ET