CASTELLON, Spain (AP) — Sergio Garcia shot a 6-under 65 on his home course and was tied for the lead after the second round of the Castello Masters on Friday.
Richard Finch (66), first-round leader Soren Kjeldsen (67) and Garcia all were at 11 under for the tournament at the Club de Campo del Mediterraneo.
Garcia bogeyed the second hole and finished with seven birdies. His second shot on the 18th hole stopped inches short of the pin.
“I’ve had to play that shot many times but that’s probably the closest I’ve got,” said Garcia, host of the inaugural tournament.
“I knew as soon as I hit it that it would be close and it was great to finish the round with a birdie.”
Finch birdied seven of the first 10 holes, including six straight over one stretch, but had a three-putt for bogey at the 11th and also dropped a shot at No. 18.
“Today was strange,” the Englishman said. “The run of birdies was great and it was like I couldn’t miss. But then on the way back I only had one and it shows how the game can turn.”
Denmark’s Kjeldsen also bogeyed No. 18. He finished with six birdies and two bogeys.