The Washington Times - June 17, 2011, 12:42PM

Sergio Garcia doesn’t seem to be going away. The 31-year-old Spaniard with the unenviable label as the best player to never win a major continued his strong play at the U.S. Open on Friday at Congressional, shooting even par to stay at 2-under.

Garcia wasn’t gloating after his first-round performance that put him in a third-place tie, four back of leader Rory McIlroy.

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“There’s still a long way to go,” Garcia said. “We haven’t done anything yet.”

One round doesn’t make a tournament, but on a course that’s expected to get more difficult as the weekend progresses, staying even and avoiding mistakes was key for Garcia in the second round. He did just that, and would’ve rolled even further under par had he not double-bogeyed No. 11.

“It’s like any U.S. Open, if you drive the ball well, there are going to be some opportunities there,” Garcia said Thursday. “If you struggle with your driving, then it’s going to be a struggle.  So it’s pretty much as simple as that.”

Garcia kept it simple and stayed in a tie for third place by doing so.