Friday, January 25, 2008

Golf News: Qatar Golf Masters Round 2 Wrap

Swede Johan Edfors shot a scintillating six under par 66 to take a two-shot lead going into the third round at the 2.5 million dollar Qatar Masters on Friday.

Edfors, who was tied for the second place in a pack of six players on 69 at the end of the first round on Thursday, blazed a birdie trail at the Doha Golf course on a day when the chill caught many by surprise.

He hit the best score of the tournament so far, which included seven birdies and a bogey on the fourth.

Enjoying a purple patch on the front nine, he picked up successive birdies on the fifth, sixth and seventh holes to set himself up nicely for the rest of the tournament with an aggregate of nine-under-par 135.

Trailing Edfors by two shots were South African Charl Schwartzel and England's Lee Westwood on seven-under-par 137, while Sweden's Alexander Noren, South African Anton Haig, Englishmen Ross McGowan and David Howell were in third place a shot behind.

Westwood, the joint overnight leader, stroked a 70 in the second round following his 67 in Thursday, a dropped shot on the 14th hole denying him a clear-cut second spot.

England's Paul Casey, former winner Joakim Haeggman and Abu Dhabi champion Martin Kaymer was among those who missed the cut which was set at 145...

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