POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, May 28, 2011
IRVING, Texas » While Ryan Palmer is doing everything his caddie tells him, Sergio Garcia is playing just fine without a practice round at the Byron Nelson Championship.
Palmer, the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii champ, and Garcia shared the second-round lead at 8-under 132 after a sun-soaked round Friday when the wind was gusting up to 36 mph.
Garcia posted his second consecutive 4-under 66, after withdrawing from a British Open qualifier five holes in and passing up a practice round at TPC Four Seasons because of an infected fingernail on his left hand.
After a bogey at the 523-yard par-4 third hole when his approach flew over the green, Garcia birdied three of the next four holes and was bogey-free the rest of his round. Despite the windy conditions, he hit 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens.
There also were some impressive shots along the way for Garcia. The 31-year-old Spaniard blasted out of a greenside bunker to 7 feet to save par at No. 14, then had a 45-foot chip-in birdie at the 15th hole when he couldn't putt because of three sprinkler heads in the way. Walking into the stiff wind the rest of the way, he had pars on the last three holes.
Palmer shot a 67. He had made the cut only once his seven previous appearances at the Nelson with nine consecutive rounds over par before this week when caddie James Edmondson is calling his shots.
"He's never played good here, and we finally decided that I was going to take over and just lead the horse around the ranch," Edmondson said.
With input from instructor Randy Smith, Edmondson is telling Palmer where to hit off the tee and what to do with his approach shots. The arrangement is working so far. Palmer opened with a 65 Thursday.
Tim Petrovic (66) and Scott Piercy (69) were three strokes back at 5 under.
Former Hawaii residents Parker McLachlin (72—146) and Dean Wilson (77—146) missed the cut.
Three lead BMW
Long-hitting Spaniard Alvaro Quiros birdied the final three holes for a 4-under 67 and a share of the second-round lead in the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England.
Quiros is tied with Luke Donald and Italian teenager Matteo Manassero.
Murota tops Senior PGA
Kiyoshi Murota shot a 5-under 67 to take a four-stroke lead over Nick Price and Hale Irwin in the suspended second round of the Senior PGA Championship.
Murota had an 11-under 133 total at Valhalla.
eGolf tourney suspended
Tadd Fujikawa was still on the course Friday when darkness suspended play in the eGolf Tour's Donald Ross Championship.