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Goosen, Green share the lead at Qatar Masters

Goosen, Green share the lead at Qatar Masters

Retief Goosen and Richard Green shared the lead at 11-under 133 at the halfway stage Friday of the Qatar Masters.
First-round leader Goosen shot a 4-under 68 for the second round, while Green joined the South African atop the leaderboard with a 7-under 65. Green, who had seven birdies, went a second day without a bogey.
Nick O'Hern slipped a place to third, three shots behind the leaders, after shooting 69. He missed his chance to get closer with consecutive bogeys on the fifth and sixth.
"I played good golf for 27 holes, but the back nine was one of those when things got a bit scrappy," O'Hern said. "A couple of bogeys coming in doesn't have a nice taste in the mouth."
Miguel Angel Jimenez, Paul Lawrie, Liang Wen-chong and defending champion Henrik Stenson were in a four-way tie for fourth at 8-under overall.
Goosen had a mediocre start before improving on the back nine.
"I hit 11 fairways, which was not bad," Goosen said. "I just didn't do it on the front nine, which was my back nine. I couldn't get it going there. I am just looking to get in a good round tomorrow and hopefully, make a few putts."
After shooting 68 Thursday, Green managed four birdies in the first six holes.
"I have been very accurate off the tee and given myself a lot of opportunities. The greens are beautiful so you know what is going to happen out there," Green said.
Paul Lawrie, champion in 1999, improved from a first round containing four bogeys with a 5-under 67. He had six birdies to go 8-under overall.
Ernie Els, the 2005 winner, only managed a 1-under 71 to go 4-under overall.
Chris DiMarco, who finished fourth in Abu Dhabi last week, rallied after four bogeys Thursday with seven birdies in a 6-under 66. He was tied for 13th.


Updated : 2021-06-23 11:31 GMT+08:00