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Garcia makes strong start

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 01: Sergio Garcia of Spain hits a tee shot on the sixth hole during round three of the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park on May 1, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Spain’s Sergio Garcia fired a seven-under-par 63 on Thursday to tie for the lead after the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson.

The 2004 champion looks to have found his form as he tries to win his first tournament on the tour for four years.

He did not make a blistering start in Dallas, as the 36-year-old reached the turn at one-under, but he soon kicked on.

Garcia finished his final nine holes in just 29 shots to ensure he shares the lead with New Zealander Danny Lee and American Johnson Wagner.

Pre-tournament favourite Jordan Spieth is one stroke adrift following a 64 and admitted he was pleased with his performance on Thursday.

He told reporters: “Took advantage of the easier holes and made a couple of mid-range putts.

“Lost a little control with my iron play on some pretty easy shots that I will look to improve on, but other than that I’m pretty pleased.”

Thirty players on the course were unable to complete 18 holes due to bad light following a rain delay, with American Tom Hoge one shot off the lead with four holes to play.

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