Garcia two strokes off pace at Taiheiyo Masters

GOTEMBA, Japan -- Sergio Garcia shot a 4-under-par 68
Thursday to finish two shots off the lead after the first round of
the Taiheiyo Masters.

Garcia's Ryder Cup teammate Darren Clarke, who won the title the
last two years, slumped to a 3-over 75 after opening with two
birdies against six bogies.

Garcia eagled the 18th on the Gotemba Course after a bogey on
No. 17 and is tied with Taiwan's Yeh Wei-tze and Shinichi Yokota of

Japan's Ryuichi Oda overcame an early bogey to shoot a
6-under-par 66 and take a one-shot, first-round lead.

Keiichiro Fukabori, Toru Taniguchi and Nobuhito Sato all shot
67s to sit one stroke behind Oda in second place.