Garcia leads at halfway mark

Sergio Garcia produced a splendid round of 64 to take a one-shot lead at the halfway mark of the BMW Championship.

But he was not the only player to take advantage of the low scoring conditions at Cherry Hills as Ryan Palmer also managed to go six-under on the day.

Palmer moved-up to second place, one shot behind Garcia on seven-under and in a position to produce the finish he needs to qualify for next week’s Tour Championship and have a chance to win the FedEx Cup.

Meanwhile world number one Rory McIlroy will be breathing down both Garcia and Palmer’s necks as he finished his second round with three birdies in his last four holes.

McIlroy is on six under alongside Billy Horschel – two shots off the pace.

The top 30 in the FedEx Cup rankings after this weekend will go to Atlanta next week where the points will be reset so every player has a chance of claiming the grand prize.

Garcia provisionally sits second in the FedEx Cup rankings despite missing last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.

The Spanish player said that he feels his form is coming together at just the right time ahead of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

“I think the important thing is for me to keep feeling better,” he told SkySports .

“This week, I’ve hit some good shots but I’ve hit some that I don’t like to hit so I want to kind of build-up on this bit of momentum, hopefully throughout the weekend, and make sure that I’m where I need to be for the Ryder Cup.”

Garcia started his round with a birdie on the second, but really started showing his class from the seventh which he eagled from 126-yards out.

“I was just in the first cut, down-wind, 116 metres to the hole and I hit a hard lob wedge that flew a little bit and came up perfect,” he said.

A bogey followed on eight but birdies on 11, 13, 16 and the last – courtesy of a breaking 12-foot putt – saw him come home in 32.

As for the rest of the field, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott are on three under while current FedEx Cup leader Chris Kirk shot a level-par 70 to sit one over.