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.

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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