April 12 (Bloomberg) -- Sergio Garcia is tied for the lead early in the second round of golf’s Masters Tournament as he pursues his first win in 58 major-championship starts.
Garcia parred his first two holes at Augusta National Golf Club after shooting a 6-under-par 66 yesterday to match his best score in 15 Masters appearances. The 33-year-old Spaniard is tied with Australia’s Marc Leishman, the 2009 U.S. PGA Tour Rookie of the Year who begins his second round later today.
Garcia’s best finish at the Masters is a tie for fourth in 2004, and England’s Lee Westwood is the only other golfer in the field this week to play in more majors (60) without a win.
Second-round play in Augusta, Georgia, began this morning under a cloudy sky with a 30 percent chance of showers. Winds are about 10 to 15 miles per hour (16 to 24 kilometers per hour), with gusts predicted to reach 20 mph later today.
Trevor Immelman, the 2008 Masters winner from South Africa, is among players at 4-under par. Immelman got within one shot of the lead with a birdie at the par-5 second hole today before a bogey at the par-4 fifth.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain is also 4-under with Americans Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler, and Masters rookie David Lynn of England. Fred Couples, the 1992 Masters winner who opened with a 68 yesterday, is among those at 3 under with a bogey on the first hole today.
Four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods shot a 2-under-par 70 in the first round and is scheduled to tee off in today’s next-to-last group at 1:41 p.m. Woods is pursuing his fourth victory of the season and first win in a major since claiming the 14th of his career at the 2008 U.S. Open.
China’s Tianlang Guan, who at 14 is the youngest participant in a major in 148 years, drew one of the biggest galleries among the morning starters. The eighth-grader, who earned a spot in the tournament by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in November, started his round with three straight pars after a 1-over-par 73 yesterday, the best among the field’s six amateurs.
Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson started his second round at 1-under par, while Rory McIlroy, second to Woods in the Official World Golf Ranking, is even par.
Defending champion Bubba Watson is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. after a first-round 3-over-par 75.
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