Players Championship: Sergio Garcia eyes second victory at Sawgrass

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Sergio Garcia: Shot a seven-under 65 on Friday

Sergio Garcia: Shot a seven-under 65 on Friday

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Sergio Garcia is relishing another crack at Players Championship glory after a superb second round 65 in round two.

Garcia, winner of golf's so-called unofficial fifth major in 2008, moved to 11-under par after a birdie blitz on Friday and currently leads in the clubhouse by one from Tiger Woods, who carded a 67.

Garcia told Sky Sports 2: "It was good. Yesterday I felt like I scored well and did not play that great. Today I played very very well. I managed to make a whole bunch of putts on the back nine and it was nice to get a good round in. I am looking forward to the weekend.

"(This event) means a lot, it's the Players, it's our tournament and I have had the honour of winning it before and have done fairly well here throughout my career. It's one of my favourite golf courses and that usually helps.

"Today I played very very well. I managed to make a whole bunch of putts on the back nine and it was nice to get a good round in."
Sergio Garcia

"I feel like the game is good, maybe not spectacular, but I have had a pretty consistent year this year. If I can manage to get as many wins as possible it will be great, if I get one it will be great, if I don't the only thing I can do is try as hard as I can."

World number one Woods, meanwhile, posted a second successive five-under 67 and was more than satisfied with his day's work.

"I thought I did really well today. I thought I hit the ball a little bit better than I did yesterday and I missed all my shots on the correct side. I had some funky little up and downs but at least I had some room."

With more sunshine forecast to dry the course out further on Saturday, Woods believes that scoring could become harder in round three.

"We might have one day tomorrow where it's where it's really crusty and really fast," said Woods. "The hard part is that there's not a lot of grass on these greens and the guys are kicking up spike marks and leaving some pretty good chunks out there."

Westwood moved to nine-under with a six-under 66 and again kept a blemish off his card.

"I played well, I haven't made any bogeys yet this week so that's a feat in itself round this golf course," Westwood said. "I've given myself a chance at the weekend, I'm in a good position.

"Yesterday I played nicely and gave myself a lot of chances in the first 14 holes and had to be very patient. It would have been easy to get frustrated but I birdied three of the last four holes and picked up in the same vain today, although I missed from four feet on the first.

"I have been playing well for a while and had a chance to win last week. I'll just keep going through the same things and be patient and wait for good things to happen."

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