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Golf: Sizzling Sergio seizes Bridgestone lead

Published on Aug 2, 2014 10:55 AM
 
Sergio Garcia at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on August 1, 2014 in Akron, Ohio. Garcia surged to the top of the leaderboard with a sensational nine-under par 61 on Friday that included eight back-nine birdies. -- PHOTO: AFP  

AKRON, United States (AFP) - Sergio Garcia surged to the top of the Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard with a sensational nine-under par 61 on Friday that included eight back-nine birdies.

The Spaniard was a sedate one-under for the day through nine after a birdie at the second hole. But he caught fire after the turn at Firestone Country Club.

A birdie at 10 was followed by a par at 11, before Garcia raced home with birdies at the last seven holes to match the course record and build a 36-hole total of 11-under 129.

He was three strokes ahead of England's Justin Rose, who posted a three-under 67 for 132.

 
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