Tracker: Garcia takes BMW lead; McIlroy 2 back

Sergio Garcia shot 6-under 64 to grab a one-shot lead after two rounds of the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills.
Sergio Garcia shot 6-under 64 to grab a one-shot lead after two rounds of the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills. ( Associated Press )

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sergio Garcia hit just four fairways Friday at Cherry Hills.

However, Garcia also totaled just 21 putts, holed out for eagle from 126 yards at the par-4 seventh and shot a second-round 6-under 64 to grab a one-shot lead at the midway point of the BMW Championship.

Garcia's 64 moved him to 8 under, putting him just in front of second-place Ryan Palmer, who also shot 64 Friday and stands at 7 under. Rory McIlroy, who carded a second straight 67, is tied for third with Billy Horschel at 6 under.

McIlroy, the world's top-ranked player, made just one birdie through 14 holes in his second round. But he made three straight birdies, at Nos. 15-17, to keep within two shots of Garcia.

Things didn't go as well for Phil Mickelson, though. Lefty found the water twice during his second round en route to a 6-over 76. He's 6 over for the tournament, ahead of just five players, one of which is Jason Day, who withdrew Friday with a back injury.

Here's how it all unfolded Friday at Cherry Hills:

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Update No. 23: 7:24 p.m. ET

Jordan Spieth finds the left greenside bunker in two at the par-4 18th, but flies the green with his sand shot and then can't get up and down to save bogey. The double drops him to 3 under and gives him an even-par 70 for the day.

Also, Rory McIlroy pars the 18th to close out his second straight 3-under 67. At 6 under, he's two shots back of Sergio Garcia.

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Update No. 22: 7:05 p.m. ET

Rory McIlroy drives the ball straight and through the fairway at the par-5 17th, but he gets a great lie and finds the green with his second shot. He two-putts for a third straight birdie to move to 6 under.

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Update No. 21: 6:54 p.m. ET

Rory McIlroy follows his birdie at the 15th with another at par-4 16th. McIlroy sunk a 35-footer at the 16th to get to 5 under, three shots behind Sergio Garcia and tied with Billy Horschel for third.

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Update No. 20: 6:34 p.m. ET

After making a long birdie putt, about 30 feet, at the par-3 15th, Rory McIlroy moves to 4 under. That was just the second birdie for the World No. 1 today.

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Update No. 19: 6:24 p.m. ET

Sergio Garcia birdies his final hole of the day, the par-4 18th, to match Ryan Palmer's 6-under 64. Garcia is now 8 under through 36 holes, one shot ahead of Palmer and four shots clear of the next closest player.

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Update No. 18: 6:17 p.m. ET

Ryan Palmer birdies Nos. 17 and 18 to close out a 6-under 64. Palmer is now tied for Sergio Garcia for the lead at 7 under, although Garcia in on the 18th right now.

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Update No. 17: 6:09 p.m. ET

Rory McIlroy gets up and down for par at the par-4 13th to remain at 3 under. Also, check out the above video of McIlroy doing an interview while driving the BMW i8.

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Update No. 16: 5:41 p.m. ET

Big fist pump from Sergio Garcia, who drains a 20-foot birdie putt at the par-4 16th to move to 7 under and grow his lead to two shots.

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Update No. 15: 5:35 p.m. ET

Rickie Fowler sinks a birdie putt from 20 feet at the par-4 seventh to get to 3 under. It's Fowler's fourth birdie of the day. He is also bogey-free through 16 holes today.

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Update No. 14: 5:13 p.m. ET

Phil Mickelson finds the water again, this time at the par-5 17th. He bogeys and drops to 5 over.

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Update No. 13: 4:59 p.m. ET

Sergio Garcia birdies the par-4 13th to take the solo lead while Ryan Palmer joins Jordan Spieth at 5 under.

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Update No. 12: 4:51 p.m. ET

The par-4 seventh hole has already yielded two hole-out eagles today. First it was Ryan Palmer holing out from 46 yards:

Then it was Sergio Garcia getting in on the action, finding the hole with his second shot from 126 yards:

Garcia is currently tied with Jordan Spieth for the lead at 5 under while Palmer is a shot back at 4 under.

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Update No. 11: 4:47 p.m. ET

Jason Day has withdrawn with a back injury after hitting his second shot from the fairway at the par-4 ninth. Day was 3 over through eight holes and 3 over for the championship before withdrawing.

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Update No. 10: 4:25 p.m. ET

Jordan Spieth drains a 20-footer for birdie at the par-4 seventh to move to 5 under, but Sergio Garcia quickly joins him with a birdie at the par-5 11th. They both lead Graham DeLaet by a shot while Rory McIlroy remains at 3 under.

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Update No. 9: 4:12 p.m. ET

Rory McIlroy misses the fairway right at the par-4 fifth, which influences a miss short and left on his approach. McIlroy can't get up and down for par and he drops to 3 under.

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Update No. 8: 4:02 p.m. ET

Phil Mickelson can't carry the water at the par-3 12th with his first tee shot and ends up with triple bogey at the hole. Mickelson is now 3 over.

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Update No. 7: 3:33 p.m. ET

And Sergio Garcia gives a shot right back, hitting his tee ball short of the green at the par-3 eighth and making bogey. He is now tied for the lead at 4 under with Rory McIlroy, Ryan Palmer, Graham DeLaet and Gary Woodland.

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Update No. 6: 3:26 p.m. ET

Sergio Garcia follows Ryan Palmer's eagle at the par-4 seventh with one of his own. From about 125 yards out, Garcia holes his second shot to move to 5 under. He now leads by a shot over a group of five players at 4 under, including Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, who both just birdied the par-4 second hole.

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Update No. 5: 3:16 p.m. ET

Ryan Palmer holes out from 50 yards for eagle at the par-4 seventh to join the leaders at 4 under.

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Update No. 4: 3:05 p.m. ET

Rory McIlroy pars the opening hole, the par-4 first, and is now tied for the lead again after Graham DeLaet's bogey at the par-3 eighth.

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Update No. 3: 2:29 p.m. ET

Graham DeLaet held the solo lead at one point on Thursday. Now, he has it again after making a 25-footer for birdie at the par-4 fifth to move to 4 under.

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Update No. 2: 2:24 p.m. ET

Before we get too far along in Round 2, let's take a look back at the Round 1 highlights.

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Update No. 1: 2:18 p.m. ET

Rory McIlroy tees off in about a half hour, but he's still tie for the lead at 3 under, although some new faces have moved into a share of the top spot. Sergio Garcia, Ryan Palmer and Graham DeLaet are early into their second rounds and are tied with McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Gary Woodland, who all shared the first-round lead.

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