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Garcia, Bland share lead going into final round in Munich

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Erin WI USA Andres Romero plays his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills. Mandatory Credit Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

"So I've just got to go out there tomorrow with the same attitude and if I can keep hitting some good shots, then hopefully I've got a say come (Sunday) afternoon".

He was playing in the final pairing of the day alongside Garcia, who was competing in Europe for the first time since he won the Masters in April.

Garcia, who carded seven birdies, added: "It's nice but it doesn't mean that it's finished".

A win by Garcia tomorrow could see potentially see him move to 4th in the World Ranking although much of that will be dependent on whether Jordan Spieth wins in the U.S. this weekend. Thomas Detry and Andres Romero are T-4 at 10 under while Hennie Otto, David Lipsky, Renato Paratore and Scott Henry are T-6 at 9 under. "We've got to go out there, play well again and see if we can pull it off". So yeah, kind of ran pretty much into everything.

Joakim Lagergren and Joel Stalter are tied at the top of the leaderboard at nine under after two rounds at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, one stroke ahead of a large chasing pack that includes Open Championship victor Henrik Stenson and Masters champions Sergio Garcia.

Bland, who began the day a single shot behind halfway leaders Joel Stalter and Lagergen, showed tremendous ability to bounce back from a bogey at the second with three straight gains from the fourth to reach the turn in 34. Stalter (68) soon joined him for a share of the lead.

Detry had been leading but the Belgian could only watch as Romero finished with his seventh birdie on Munich's Eichenried course.

"I think I obviously have a little more confidence since the Masters but I don't think I'm a better player than I was before I won the green jacket".

Matthew Southgate was then in the group at seven under, a shot clear of in-form fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood.

The overnight leaders started slowly, with Bland playing his first eight holes in one over, while Spaniard Garcia was even par.

"It was great out there", Lagergren said.

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