SERGIO GARCIA charged through the field in Dubai today in only his second tournament round since post-Ryder Cup eye surgery.
The 32-year-old Spaniard, who had seven weeks off after his treatment to correct astigmatism, birdied four of his first five holes to move to three-under-par at the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
He had resumed joint 49th out of only 56, but was up to 21st spot, only four behind leader Luke Donald.
Last year's leading money-winner had opened with a bogey-free 65 for a one-stroke advantage over this season's leading money-winner Rory McIlroy, Scot Marc Warren and Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.
McIlroy and Donald are also first and second in the world following the Englishman's victory at the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan.
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger made a good start, birdies at the first and third lifting him to two-under.
Garcia added another birdie on the 461-yard eighth and by turning in a superb 31 had climbed all the way to joint 11th.
There seemed no stopping Garcia at this point. When he made threes on the 437-yard 10th and 401-yard 11th he was seven under for the day, six-under for the tournament and alongside McIlroy, Warren and Fernandez-Castano in second place.
Breaking the course record of 64 was looking a distinct possibility.
Garcia's record bid hit trouble when he three-putted the 12th and failed to get up and down on the 204-yard 13th, but he soon hit back.
A 30-foot eagle putt circled the hole before dropping at the next and he took advantage of the tee being moved forward on the 15th, driving the green and two-putting for birdie.
At seven under he was joint leader - and not only with Donald. German Marcel Siem also eagled the 14th and needed one more birdie to set a new course record.