Starting his day on the back nine, eight-time PGA Tour Champ Sergio Garcia blistered The Golf Club of Houston for a -7 under par 65 on Friday afternoon. He has a four shot lead over the field with Matt Kuchar still on the course at this writing. Garcia shot a bogey-free round and is seeking his first win on the PGA Tour since the 2012 Wyndham Championship.
The 34 year-old Spaniard hit the course running on Friday with five birdies and an eagle in his bogey-free round. After teeing off on No. 10, he played Nos. 12-14 in 4 under par. He birdied the 12th and 14th holes and eagled the par-5 13th after hitting his 284-yard second shot to 5 feet. He added birdies on Nos. 3-5 before parring in.
It all came in spurts, he went birdie-eagle-birdie at 12, 13 and 14 putting his approach shot to five feet at the par five 13, and making the putt. The front nine yielded a three birdie run at three.
Garcia hit all but one fairway, and hit 13 of 18 greens in regulation. The only thing left was his putter, and he gained 3.382 strokes on the field on the greens. Sergio has not finished any worse that 16th in five PGA starts this year. He made one other start in the Shell Houston Open in 2009 where finished T 77.
He has done well on the world stage in 2014, winning in Qatar earlier on the European Tour, and is currently in third place for The Race to Dubai. He gave Rickie Fowler a 17 foot putt at The Accenture Match Play Championship, and some folks thinks he might have made the finals. He finished T 4 at the WGC-HSBC Champions, and T2 at the Nedbank.
Sergio is ranked 8th in the world, and is currently ranked 49th in FedEx Cup points. I think he could be a threat next week at Augusta, especially since Tiger Woods won’t be there to disrupt his game.