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Garcia shoots majestic 65

Spaniard shows glimpses of old form

Posted Nov 12, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia has thrown himself into contention at the Australian Masters by shooting his best score of the year in strong morning winds in Melbourne.
The Spaniard, who has struggled for form for a while now, hit an impressive six-under 65 to move to four under and fourth overall behind leader Adam Bland (-10), Andre Stolz (-8) and Daniel Gaunt (-5).
It is great to see Garcia back up at the right end of the leaderboard and for a man without a win since 2008, this will no doubt give him a huge boost. Garcia, down at 70 in the world rankings and back from a two-month break following the USPGA Championship, holed six birdies, made just 30 putts and missed four fairways. And he believed he could have gone better, saying: “It was 65 but it wasn’t the lowest I could have shot today because I hit so many good shots and I only missed one green.”
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, struggled to a one over par 72 leaving him nine shots off the pace. Once again his putter was out of touch and the world number two also struggled with his irons into the greens.
This contest appears to be between Bland and Stolz now as they lead by so much but with the wind blowing as it is and the conditions changing all the time, they could easily fall by the wayside. This is a really open contest and it’s almost impossible to predict the outcome despite Bland being in control at the half way stage.
Over at the Singapore Open, defending champion Ian Poulter has thrown himself into contention to retain his title with a stunning eight-under-par 63, leaving him two strokes behind leader Adam Scott who is on minus 12.
Graeme McDowell, hoping to close the gap on Martin Kaymer in the Race to Dubai competition, is in third on nine under following a three under 68. And McDowell is my tip for the win here. He has been in great form recently and has quietly manoeuvred himself into contention at the half way point.

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