Sergio Garcia’s first major golf title in reach despite scoring confusion

Sergio Garcia

SPANISH golfer Sergio Garcia is sharing the halfway lead with Thomas Pieters, Charley Hoffman and Rickie Fowler – all four under par 140 – at the Augusta National.

In a close competition the top 15 players on the leader board are separated by just five shots.

Garcia, the 37-year-old Spaniard making his 19th Masters appearance, birdied the first three holes on his way to a 69 in the second round.

For at least an hour on Friday afternoon, Sergio Garcia’s score at Augusta National Golf Club’s scoring central and leader boards around the course was posted incorrectly.

The score had Garcia making triple bogey 7 on the 10th hole when he actually made five.

The mix-up among the on-course scorers came when Garcia hit a provisional ball off the tee. He found the original ball and played it, but the scorers believed he was playing his provisional, for which he would have incurred a two-stroke penalty.

Garcia hit his second shot into a greenside bunker, blasted out and two-putted for bogey.
With the bogey on No. 10, Garcia had moved into a tie with Charley Hoffman for the tournament lead at the time, though the scoreboards didn’t reflect that.

Meanwhile reigning champion Danny Willett missed the cut after he carded a 78 and became the first defending champion to miss the cut in the Masters since 2004.

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