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Players Championship: Sergio Garcia leads, pursued by Tiger Woods in second round

Former champions Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods are separated by one shot after they completed their second rounds at the Players Championship in northeast Florida Friday.

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Spain's Sergio Garcia tees off on the ninth hole during the second round of The Players Championship PGA golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida May 10, 2013.

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Sergio Garcia roared into the Players Championship lead with Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood close behind early in the second round as star power returned to the top of the leaderboard on Friday.

Garcia, Woods and Westwood led a scoring parade as eagles and birdies flew all around TPC Sawgrass on a steamy day in what is widely regarded as golf's unofficial fifth major.

Garcia, the 2008 champion, fired a sizzling seven-under 65 to post an 11-under total of 133 that left him one shot ahead of Woods (67), who sank an 18-foot birdie putt at his final hole, the par-five ninth.

Another shot back was Westwood and 26-year-old American Kevin Chappell, who shot matching 66s.

Roberto Castro had set the pace in the opening round with a course-record-tying nine-under 63 for a three-shot lead, but the little-known American's advantage vanished before he teed off in the second round's afternoon wave.

World number one Woods, rounding into top form this year with a tour-leading three victories, began the day four shots back but gained a share of the lead at nine-under when he sank a 20-foot eagle putt on the par-five second, his 11th hole.

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