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Garcia goes 1 up on Tiger at Players Championship
Golf » Garcia matches best score on course as Tiger looms.


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"I haven’t played my best here, but I’ve always felt that courses, even though it’s been a while I’ve won on them, I’ve still won on them," Woods said. "I know how to get around this golf course. This course, more than most, really tests every facet of your game. You have to drive the ball well. You have to hit your irons in the correct spots, and if you don’t hit your irons in the correct spots, you’re going to have some really funky up-and-downs.

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"It’s trying to manage the ball in the correct spots, and I’ve done that the first two days."

Woods twice made bogey, both times missing the fairway to the right on No. 14 and No. 7. He finished with a 20-foot birdie putt.

Garcia, for two hours, looked like he couldn’t miss.

His streak began with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 second. He stuffed his tee shot into 6 feet on the third, and hit wedge to 8 feet on the fourth. He followed that with his two long birdie putts, made a putt just inside 15 feet for par on the seventh and ended his big run with the 40-footer on No. 8.


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Garcia also is a past champion, winning a playoff in 2008.

"Fortunately for me, I’ve managed to play quite decent on this golf course," Garcia said. "So any good thing that you can get in your head, it’s obviously positive and those kind of things always help. But it’s a different year. We’ll see if we can manage to do something similar."



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