Local favorite Garcia leads Castello Masters by 2

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia

CASTELLON, Spain — Hometown favorite Sergio Garcia shot an 8-under 63 on Friday to take a two-shot lead after the second round of the Castello Masters.

Playing on a course where he was club champion at the age of 12, Garcia eagled the par-5 No. 8 and holed seven birdies to move to 12 under for the tournament.

The Spaniard, who hasn't won on the European Tour in almost three years, has improved this season and says his game is "getting there."

Alexander Noren of Sweden also finished with a 63 and sits alone in second, two shots clear of Scotland's Gary Orr, England's Ross McGowan and Australia's Marcus Fraser.

American two-time major winner John Daly is likely to miss the cut after a 73-70 in the first two rounds left him at 1 over.

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