Sergio leads Jimenez by one stroke
CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland -- Sergio Garcia birdied the last four holes for a 6-under-par 65 Friday, giving him a one-shot lead over fellow Spaniard and Ryder Cup teammate Miguel Angel Jimenez after two rounds of the European Masters.
Garcia was at 11-under 131, with Jimenez (67) at 132. Luke Donald, the third member of the European Ryder Cup team playing in the event, shot a 67. He was three strokes back with South Africa's Charl Schwartzel (66).
Garcia, who started his round on the 10th hole, opened with a 1-under 34 on the first nine. On the second nine, he had five birdies.
"It's nice to finish the round the way I did, and it's important to play well ahead of the Ryder Cup because it gives you confidence going in," Garcia said.
Garcia suggested that Jimenez skip next week's German Masters to be fresh for the Ryder Cup against the United States on Sept. 17-19 at Oakland Hills outside Detroit.
"I don't need people to tell me what to do," Jimenez said. "I am 40 and old enough to know what I have to do."
"I know it is a lot of golf, but if I go home I won't practice," he added. "I don't want to be away from the clubs. You need to keep the short game and the feeling for the game."
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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