Golf results, April 4
Sergio Garcia surged to the top of the leaderboard by shooting a 7-under-par 65 in the second round of the Houston Open on Friday.
The Spaniards overall score of 12-under 132 matches the 36-hole low at the 7,441-yard Golf Club of Houston, and hes one shot ahead of Matt Kuchar.
Garcia, opening on the back nine, climbed the leaderboard with a birdie-eagle-birdie stretch on his front nine. His eagle on No. 13 came after sticking his 282-yard second shot to 5 feet.
First-round co-leader Bill Haas followed his opening 65 with a 2-over 74 in gusty conditions. The other first-round leader, Charley Hoffman, fell to 3 under overall.
Phil Mickelson shot a 2-under 70 and is 6 under overall, six shots back of Garcia.
After a bogey-free opening round Thursday, Mickelson - still recovering from last weeks muscle pull that forced his withdrawal from the Texas Open - overcame a pair of bogeys Friday with four birdies.
The five-time major winner, who won the Houston Open in 2011, had back-to-back birdies to reach 6 under and is one of 11 golfers within six shots of Garcia.
Kuchar, who tied for fourth last week in San Antonio, began his afternoon round six shots back of Garcia after opening with a 6-under 66 on Thursday.
He reached 12 under with his sixth birdie of the day on the par-4 17th before finding the fairway bunker on the 18th and settling for a bogey to fall back to 11 under.
While the clear and windy conditions presented difficulties for several in the field, Garcia had no such problems in just his second visit to the former Redstone Golf Club - which switched names to the Golf Club of Houston after an ownership change.
Still in search of his first major championship, Garcia showed hes ready for the slick greens and tight fairways at next weeks Masters on the Augusta National-like setup Friday. He needed only 25 putts for his round while finishing only two shots off the course record of 63.
He equaled the courses previous low 36 holes set by Johnson Wagner in 2008 and matched in 2012 by Jeff Maggert.
European Tour: Marc Warren of Scotland shot a 5-under 67 to take the clubhouse lead at the NH Collection Open in Cadiz, Spain, before the second round was suspended because of bad light.