Tuesday 28 March 2017

Home where heart is for Sergio

It was a case of 'home sweet home' as Sergio Garcia took a giant stride towards his first victory for almost three years.

The 31-year-old Spaniard fired an eight-under-par 63 to charge into the lead at the Castello Masters. It took him to 12-under-par at halfway -- two ahead of Swede Alex Noren.

As they were flying through the field, however, Britain's new star Tom Lewis was flying home, after quitting because of a virus.

Damien McGrane is best of the Irish on three-under-par in a tie for 28th. Michael Hoey lies two shots back.

Peter Lawrie is at level-par while Gareth Maybin (three-over) and Shane Lowry (nine-over) both missed the cut.

Meanwhile, Luke Donald's hopes of winning the US PGA Tour Money List were sorely dented yesterday as an untidy second-round 71 at the Children's Miracle Network Classic sent him toppling down the leaderboard.

Donald, who must win or finish no worse than a two-way tie for second to overtake money leader Webb Simpson, slumped to five strokes off the early clubhouse lead.

Waterford native Seamus Power and Ballymena's Chris Devlin both graduated from the First Stage of the US Tour's Q-School yesterday.

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