Garcia leaps into contention

14/12/2012 12:33:36
Sergio Garcia   (Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia (Getty Images)
Spanish star Sergio Garcia charged up the leaderboard to hold a share of the second round lead at nine under par through 12 holes when play was suspended for the day at the Iskandar Johor Open.
 
Inclement weather caused almost three hours of play to be lost due to two suspensions and with darkness falling on the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club, play was eventually suspended, leaving 117 players to return at 7.30am on Saturday morning to resume their round.

Opening round leader David Lipsky of the United States, who has yet to start his second round shared the lead with Garcia after signing for a 63 in the morning.

Three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand is six under through 13 holes and is among the five players who are three shots back of Garcia and Lipsky.

Garcia, who played a starring role in the Ryder Cup for Europe in September, could only play three holes on the opening day. The Spaniard then returned with a vengeance by snaring ten birdies against one bogey over 33 holes.

“It was good,” said the World Number 20. “It has been a long day but it has been quite positive.

“I just hope I can keep going in the right direction and see what happens. Hopefully we will get lucky and can get all four rounds in.

“I did well before and after the breaks so overall it is what it is. You got to realize that the weather is like this and you got to deal with it.”