Sergio Garcia still on top at British Open, at 6-under-par; Tiger Woods seven shots back

Released on = July 22, 2007, 7:25 am

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Press Release Summary = Sergio Garcia still on top at British Open, at 6-under-par.
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An even-par round of 71 may not have initially seemed too impressive for Sergio
Garcia Friday, but with the breeze kicking up and more difficult pin placements, it
was good enough to maintain a two-stroke lead in the British Open

For Garcia, it\'s uncharted territory. However, he\'s obviously enjoying his position
atop the leaderboard in the year\'s third major.

\"I guess it\'s a matter of waiting and seeing what happens, but I\'d rather be leading
than being eight shots back, that\'s for sure,\" Garcia told reporters. \"You don\'t
feel like you have to push your game to the limit all the time, so I\'m pretty happy
with the way I\'m standing right now.\"

Garcia, who shot a 6-under-par 65 to lead by two after the first round, enters the
weekend in prime position to capture his first major championship. He leads K.J.
Choi by two shots and is three ahead of Miguel Angel Jimenez and Mike Weir, who
posted the best round of the day with a 3-under 68.

\"I wanted to give myself a chance,\" Weir told reporters. \"We have two more days.
It\'s a long way to go. It hasn\'t even begun yet, but I didn\'t do anything crazy to
get myself out of it.

\"I put myself in position and now we\'ve got to go to work (Saturday) and hopefully
be right there for Sunday\'s round.\"

Jim Furyk recorded his second consecutive round of 1-under 70 and is tied for fifth
at 2 under with Boo Weekley. Two-time defending champion Tiger Woods hooked his
opening tee shot out of bounds on the way to a double bogey and wound up shooting a
3-over 74, entering the weekend tied for 20th at 1-over 143.

Like many players, Garcia found the going a bit rougher in round two at Carnoustie
Golf Club. The 27-year-old Spaniard used birdies on the two par-5 holes (No. 6 and
No. 14) to offset bogeys at No. 4 and No. 11 as the new belly putter that powered
his opening round wasn\'t quite as sharp.

\"I was hoping for a little better than what I did, but that was not a bad round,\"
Garcia said. \"Every time you shoot an under-par or even-par round on a difficult
course, you know you\'re not too far away.

\"I\'m not going to lie. I was a little bit nervous at the beginning because you want
to do well like I had yesterday.\"

Choi boosted himself in position to play in the final group with Garcia with a
2-under 69 to reach 4 under for the tournament. He made back-to-back birdies on
holes 14 and 15, but gave a shot back with a bogey at No. 18.

With PGA Tour wins this year in the Memorial and the AT&T Classic, Choi thrust
himself into the conversation of the best players never to win a major. Despite his
standing, Choi said he isn\'t putting any extra pressure on himself. He contends that
all he wants to do is make sure he\'s prepared to perform at his top level.

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