Sergio Garcia had the best round of the day with a 64.
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Saturday, July 05, 2008

ASH, England(AP) Ross Fisher birdied his last hole for a 4-under 68 that gave him a one-shot lead over Graeme McDowell after the second round of the European Open on Friday.

McDowell earlier completed a 67 on the London Club course for a 12-under 132 total. Sergio Garcia was three strokes further back following a 64, the day's best round.

Soren Hansen was fourth at 8 under after a 67, and the six players at 7 under included Colin Montgomerie (67), Ian Poulter (67) and Paul McGinley (68).

Fisher shot a course record 63 Thursday and did not expect to match it.

``I didn't feel completely confident with my game,'' the Englishman said. ``I was not quite as sharp and I missed a few fairways and a few putts.''

The halfway cut fell at 1-under 143 and the big casualty was Darren Clarke, who was disqualified for signing the wrong score on the last hole - a four when he had made a five.

At 2 over, Clarke would have missed the cut anyway.

McDowell, two behind Fisher overnight, was pleased with another good round.

``There was no wind and I just tried to keep my foot on the pedal,'' McDowell said. ``Twelve under is a great place to be going into the weekend. I'd take that anytime.

``I'm controlling my swing and controlling most aspects of my game. The key is I'm holing putts.''

Garcia, who shot 71 Thursday, was in a bunker and picked up his only bogey at No. 4 after a perfect drive. He three-putted the fifth and missed the green from the middle of the fairway at No. 6. But the Spaniard finished eagle-birdie with putts of nine and 18 feet.

Montgomerie, who is defending his European Open title, was second in Paris last week, his best result in a year.

``To maintain that momentum was very important and I managed to do that,'' he said. ``But if I hole some putts, I have half a chance.''

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