Sergio Garcia surged to the top of the leader board by shooting a 7-under 65 in the second round of the Houston Open on Friday.
The Spaniard's 12-under 132 matches the 36-hole low at the 7,441-yard Golf Club of Houston, and he's a shot ahead of Matt Kuchar (66).
Garcia, opening on the back nine, climbed the leader board with a birdie-eagle-birdie stretch. His eagle on No. 13 came after sticking his 282-yard second shot to 5 feet.
While the clear and windy conditions presented difficulties for several in the field, Garcia had no such problems. He needed only 25 putts.
"It was nice to kind of get going because as windy as it was, I knew there were a lot of difficult holes out there and a lot of shots that were going to test you," Garcia said.
Phil Mickelson shot a 2-under 70 and was 6 under overall. After a bogey-free round Thursday, Mickelson -- still recovering from last week's muscle pull that forced his withdrawal from the Texas Open -- overcame a pair of bogeys Friday with four birdies.
"It was a lot more difficult today with this wind than it was the first day," he said. "But either way, I feel like I felt better than I have in a long time with my game."
LPGA: Lexi Thompson found a putting touch to match her power game in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage.
The 19-year-old, already a three-time winner on tour, shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 at Mission Hills for a share of the second-round lead with Se Ri Pak.
"This is my favorite tournament of the year," Thompson said. "It's so beautiful, like really nice weather, and the fans are amazing."
Thompson birdied eight of the last 13 holes and had only 25 putts after taking 35 in a first-round 73. Pak had a 70 to tie Thompson at 7-under 137 in the first major of the year.
Stanford alum Michelle Wie (71) was a stroke back.
"I'm really excited," Wie said. "It's fun being near the top of the leader board. But try not to look forward too much.
First-round leader Shanshan Feng (73) bogeyed the final two holes to fall into a tie with Cristie Kerr (70) at 5 under.