Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia tied for lead in Qatar Masters in Doha

Last Updated: 24/01/13 3:01pm

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Sergio Garcia: Six birdies and no bogeys in his 66

Sergio Garcia: Six birdies and no bogeys in his 66

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Sergio Garcia feels his game is on the up after shooting a bogey-free 66 to tie the lead in the Qatar Masters.

The Spaniard hit 10 out of 14 fairways and all 18 greens in regulation on Thursday - compared to 7 and 14 in his first round 69 - to move into a tie for the lead on nine-under par alongside Ryder Cup teammate Martin Kaymer, ortugal's Ricardo Santos and Australian Marcus Fraser.

"It was nice - I definitely felt I played a little bit better than yesterday," the 32-year-old told Sky Sports after his six birdies.

"Obviously I would have loved to hit a couple of shots better, but I gave myself a lot of chances and I can't be disappointed.

"The wind started picking up a bit and it made it tough enough to choose the right clubs.

"We tried to play smart and managed to do that fairly nicely."

World number four Justin Rose made his first cut in five visits to Doha - "that's almost like leading the tournament round here," he joked - but with a 71 for five-under last week's runner-up has four strokes to make up and lies joint 20th.

Rose, penalised a shot on the opening day when his ball moved as he prepared to tap in on the 17th, had only himself to blame for a bogey six at the 591-yard first.

That was his 10th hole of the round and he sent his second shot way right into the desert scrub and needed three more just to make the green.

"That made me a bit flat, to be honest with you," said Rose, who dropped another after driving into sand on the 10th, but made a 15-footer for birdie at the short eighth.

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