Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Sergio Garcia fired a 7-under 65 on Friday and grabbed a 1-stroke lead after two rounds of the Players Championship.
Garcia, the 2008 winner, finished 36 holes at 11-under-par 133. His second round 65 matched his career-low round at TPC Sawgrass.
World No. 1 Tiger Woods carded his second straight 5-under 67 to move into second place at minus-10. Woods, the 2001 champion, has won three times this season on the PGA Tour.
Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell both fired 66s on Friday. They are two strokes off the pace at 9-under-par 135, and were joined there by Henrik Stenson, who chipped in for eagle on No. 9, his final hole. With that closing eagle, Stenson carded a 5-under 67 in round two.
Ryan Palmer (69), Casey Wittenberg (69) and David Lingmerth (68) are tied for sixth place at minus-8.
Defending champion Matt Kuchar fired a 6-under 66 to move into a share of ninth place at 7-under-par 137. He was joined there by Masters winner Adam Scott (68), Hunter Mahan (70) and Zach Johnson (71). Kuchar is the first reigning champion to make the cut since Garcia did so in 2009.
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