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Australia's Kulacz shoots 63 for Abu Dhabi lead

Australia's Kulacz shoots 63 for Abu Dhabi lead

Rick Kulacz of Australia took the lead in the Abu Dhabi Championship on Friday after he shot a 9-under 63 to reach 12-under after two rounds.
That gave the 24-year-old Perth native, starting his rookie year with a European Tour card, a one-stroke advantage over a trio of players in second place that includes Sergio Garcia.
Kulacz shot 11 birdies and two bogeys and fell one shot short of equaling the Abu Dhabi Golf Club course record set by the Swedish Ryder Cup player Henrik Stenson four years ago.
Kulacz played late on the second day after a strong lunchtime breeze that had been blowing in off the Arabian Gulf subsided.
The late calm confirmed the view of Garcia, who also played in mild early morning conditions, that the shifting local weather could have an impact on who eventually wins the $390,000 winner