European Tour

Garcia off to fast start

2014-05-15 21:45
Sergio Garcia (AFP)

Barcelona - Sergio Garcia shot a solid three-under-par 69 in the Spanish Open first round on Thursday to move into a share of second place in his home tournament.

After finishing third in the Players Championship in Florida on Sunday, the world number seven made two early birdies and an eagle before hanging on over the closing holes to take an early share of the clubhouse lead.

"I'm happy with my round," Garcia said.

"I didn't have the greatest night last night and only slept for about four hours with the jet-lag.

"I didn't feel extremely well with my swing but I managed to put it in play and give myself some good chances at birdies.

"The course is tough and the fairways are some of the tightest we have played all year," added the 34-year-old Garcia who won the Spanish Open 12 years ago.

England's Eddie Pepperell made five birdies in a round of 68 to take a one-shot lead from a group of players including Garcia, veteran Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen.

Leading Spanish Open first round results at the par-72 PGA Catalunya Resort course on Thursday (GBR&IRL unless stated):

68 - Eddie Pepperell
69 - Robert Jan Derksen (NED), Richie Ramsay, Jose-Filipe Lima (POR), Peter Uihlein (USA), Sergio Garcia (ESP), Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP), Rafael Cabrera Bello (ESP), Thomas Pieters (BEL)
70 - Ross Fisher, Joost Luiten (NED), Jordi Garcia Pinto (ESP), Danny Willett, Jbe Kruger (RSA), Paul Lawrie, Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR), Victor Riu (FRA)
71 - Jeev Milkha Singh (IND), Roope Kakko (FIN), Hennie Otto (RSA), Jorge Campillo (ESP), Ricardo Santos (POR), Daan Huizing (NED), Kenneth Ferrie, James Morrison, Graeme Storm, Alexander Noren (SWE), Ivo Giner (ESP), Gaganjeet Bhullar (IND), Gregory Havret (FRA)

Selected:
72 - Pablo Larrazabal (ESP), Alejandro Canizares (ESP)
73 - Francesco Molinari (ITA), Edoardo Molinari (ITA)
74 - Matteo Manassero (ITA)
75 - Thomas Bjorn (DEN)

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