Garcia Leads Norman International


Friday, February 9th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Sergio Garcia leads the Greg Norman Holden Invitational after two rounds, but his lead isn't safe with the host only one stroke behind.

Garcia, winless since the 1999 German Masters, shot a 4-under 69 Friday and was at 13-under 133. The Spanish star opened with a 64 Thursday.

Norman, who will be 46 Saturday, shot a 68.

``Maybe I'll give Greg a birthday kiss on the first tee tomorrow,'' Garcia said. ``I'm happy that I'm going to have the chance to play with him.''

Norman is winless since the 1998 event at The Australian.

``I made two stupid mistakes on the front nine and to keep my concentration after that meant a lot,'' he said. ``Playing with Sergio should make it a great day.''

Aaron Baddeley, the 19-year-old Australian who won the Australian Open as an amateur in 1999 and as a pro in 2000, was two strokes back at 135, along with Phillip Price of Wales. Baddeley eagled the par-5 eighth and 14th holes in a round of 68. Price shot a 69.

Baddeley's playing partners, countryman Adam Scott and New Zealand's Michael Campbell, also eagled No. 14.

``It's weird to make an eagle and still be teeing off last at the next hole,'' Scott said.

Sweden's Pierre Fulke, runner-up in the Match Play Championship at Melbourne, shot a 71 to join Australians James McLean and Nathan Green at 136. McLean, the 1998 NCAA champion at Minnesota, shot a 67, and Green a 69.

Scott (67), countryman Craig Parry (68) and England's Daren Lee (71) followed at 137.

Campbell, coming off his second straight Heineken Classic victory, shot a 71 and missed the cut by a stroke at 1-under 145.

England's Nick Faldo and American Robert Floyd also missed the cut. Faldo followed his opening 76 with a 73 for 149. He also missed the cut last week at Perth. Floyd, the son of senior star Raymond Floyd, shot an 81 for a 7-over 153 total.