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.

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

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.