Castelló Masters: Garcia Takes Home Advantage 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 votes.
Event promoter and former world number two Sergio Garcia fired an incredible eight under 63 in the second round of the Castelló Masters on Friday, to take a two stroke lead over Sweden's Alex Noren.
The Spaniard admitted that playing on his home turf on the course that he knew so well gave him the edge over his competitors:
"Because I'm home I've hit that shot so many times," he said of the tricky 17th where he had to hit out of the bunker.
"I hit it perfectly.
"I do have an advantage over a couple of shots here and there on my course."
His lone bogey on the fourth was quickly made up for with seven birdies during his round, and one eagle on the par five eighth where he hit a 40 foot putt.
Having not won a tournament on the European Tour for three years, it seems that the 31 year old is beginning to find his form once again.
"It's getting there.
"It's not quite there yet - sometimes I have a little bit of a hard time hitting a draw, but when my little fade works out I can keep it in play."
Meanwhile Tom Lewis, the young Brit who only turned professional after the Walker Cup this year, had to withdraw from the tournament after the flu got the better of him.
First round leader Ross McGowan ended the day at eight under, in joint third and four shots off the pace after his second round 70.
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Andrew originally met the Chairman, Paul Gibbons, when he was an assistant Golf Pro at Reading Golf Club 28 years ago.
Interestingly, 15 years later Andrew was giving Paul a series of lessons, during which he mentioned there was a club in Hampshire which was up for sale. After going to visit the club, Mr Gibbons ended up buying Sandford Springs.
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