Sergio Garcia leads top-ranked Tiger Woods by one shot after two rounds of The Players Championship.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The Players Championship already provides plenty of theater because of its thrill-a-minute golf course. Making it even more compelling is the star power of Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods, playing in the final group on the weekend for the first time in nearly seven years.
Garcia made seven straight putts — six of them for birdies — on his way to a 7-under-par 65 to match his best score on the TPC Sawgrass.
That performance gave him a one-shot lead over Woods, who posted his second consecutive 67.
In the previous five times Woods and Garcia were in the final group on a weekend on the PGA Tour, Woods went on to win the tournament each time.
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“I don’t have to measure myself against anybody,” said Garcia, who won The Players in 2008 and was at 11-under 133 for 36 holes. “I know what I want to try to do, and any given day I can shoot a round like this and any other day he can shoot a good round and beat me.”
Woods was asked if there was any part of his game that made him unhappy.
“No, I’m pretty pleased with where it’s at right now,” the world’s top-ranked player replied.
The reporter looked at him, waiting for more. Woods looked back and finally added with a smile, “Did I answer that?”
Lee Westwood (66), Kevin Chappell (66) and Henrik Stenson (67) were tied for third place at 9 under.
Kyle Stanley (68) of Gig Harbor was tied for 51st place at 1 under.
Players with scores of 145 and worse missed the cut, a group that included Ryan Moore (76-73 — 149) of Puyallup and ex-Washington Huskies player Richard H. Lee (76-76 — 152).
Eleven former major winners failed to make the cut, including eighth-ranked Graeme McDowell and 10th-ranked Phil Mickelson.