Hedblom leads in Spain; Manassero 1 back

Peter Hedblom plays his approach shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Castello Masters.

Peter Hedblom plays his approach shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Castello Masters.

CASTELLON, Spain – Sweden’s Peter Hedblom shot a 7-under 64 on Friday to take a one-stroke in the Castello Masters, while Sergio Garcia missed the weekend cut on his home course.

The 40-year-old Hedblom, a three-time winner on the European tour, had a 9-under 133 total at Club de Campo Del Mediterraneo. Italian teenager Matte Manassero (66), Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (66) and Scotland’s Paul Lawrie (70) were tied for second.

Garcia, returning from a two-month break, followed his opening 71 with a 73.

“It’s tough for me, especially missing the cut here,” Garcia said. “The way I putted I feel as though I am back to where I was when I left the game in the summer. It’s very frustrating.”

Spanish star Jose Maria Olazabal, fighting rheumatism and tendinitis, shot a 68 to reach 1 under in his second start of the year. He missed the cut in the French Open in July.

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