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Luke Donald leads at the halfway stage

Luke Donald headed the Madrid Masters field in the second round on Friday but there was more despair for the Briton’s great friend Sergio Garcia.

Donald continued to atone for his late collapse in last week’s PGA Championship with a second round 67 to lead fellow Briton Rhys Davies (68) by a stroke at the halfway stage on 12 under par.

However, Donald’s playing partner Garcia missed the cut by two strokes when a 73 left him stranded on one over par.

The Spaniard had felt he was turning the corner with his game after 15 months in the golfing wilderness, but another failure caused his shoulders to slump as he disappointed his home fans.

“It’s hard when you know your potential and you just can’t achieve it,” the former world number two, now 32nd in the rankings, told reporters.

“At the moment, I can’t see the future. The way things are I can’t see how long it will take to come out of this.”

His failure to produce the penetrating ball-striking which took him so close to world number one Tiger Woods at the start of 2009 was demonstrated on his first hole of the day, the par-five 10th.

“I hit a great drive but then pushed a five-iron and ended up in the water, not the greatest of starts,” the 30-year-old Spaniard said. “A spark comes with rounds of 62 or 63, not 73,” he said.

Donald was disappointed to have let slip a six-shot lead, partly through bogeys on his 16th and 17th holes, but happy to be in contention after losing last week’s PGA Championship with a double-bogey on the 71st hole at Wentworth.

“My game’s always a work in progress,” the world number 13 told reporters. “This week I feel I’ve got a little bit better control of it.”

Davies celebrated his 25th birthday by moving alongside Donald after 15 holes but a bogey on the short 17th dropped him back.

Fellow Welshman Jamie Donaldson (70) lay third on nine under, with Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell (68) a further stroke adrift.



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