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April 12, 2013

Now comes the hard part for Garcia: Doing it again

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Sergio Garcia had an enjoyable day on a course that's never been one of his favorites.

The shots were true. The putter was steady. The score was good enough for the Masters lead.

Now comes the hard part: holding it together for another three days.

"We'll see what happens," Garcia said, sounding a bit apprehensive.

For the impetuous Spaniard, that's always been the conundrum. How can a golfer of such talent have gone this long without winning a major title? Why does he keep blowing it on golf's biggest stages?

Well, here he is again, sharing the top spot with Marc Leishman after a 6-under 66 Thursday, ripping up Augusta National with a performance that came with only one complaint: It could've been even better.

That it happened in the Masters was even more remarkable, considering this is the one major where Garcia has never been much of a factor.

"Obviously, it's not my most favorite place," he said. "We try to enjoy it as much as we can each time we come here. Sometimes it comes out better than others, but today is was one of those days. You know, let's enjoy it while it lasts."

The second round began on another cloudy morning, after overnight rain soaked the course. There were a few sprinkles for the early players, but the sun was expected to break through in the afternoon, with temperatures rising into the upper 70s.

Garcia started the second round with a couple of pars before making his first bogey of the tournament at the third, dropping a shot off the lead. Dustin Johnson bogeyed the first hole, slipping to 4 under, where he joined a group that included Trevor Immelman, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler.

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