CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Sergio Garcia hit great shots that led to eagle, birdie and par Friday for a 6-under 64 to lead the BMW Championship.

Garcia holed out of a bunker for birdie on the second hole. He holed a lob wedge for eagle on the seventh hole. And after hitting into the water going for the par-5 17th in two, he still escaped with par by getting up-and-down from 70 yards.

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Ryan Palmer also had a 64 and was one shot behind.

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Rory McIlroy made three straight birdies late in his round for another 67 and was two shots behind, along with Billy Horschel (66).

Garcia was at 8-under 132. Scoring was slightly easier because overnight rain and an overcast sky made the greens slightly softer.

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