Golf: Birdie blitz carries Donald into Dubai contention

Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:24am EST
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By Matt Smith

DUBAI (Reuters) - Former world number one Luke Donald recorded six successive birdies in a second round 66 at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai on Friday to bolster his chances of claiming a first win of the year on the European circuit.

After bogeying the first hole, the Englishman went on a birdie blitz from the second to rocket up the leaderboard under overcast skies.

He found the Earth course's back nine tougher going as the sun burnt through the haze, however, ending the day with a five-under aggregate of 139 at the halfway stage following a one-over first-round 73 on Thursday.

The 35-year-old, winner of the European and U.S. money lists in 2011, was four shots behind leader Alejandro Canizares as the late starters reached the turn.

"Yesterday I walked off despondent - I felt my game was very close and I showed that today," Donald told reporters.

"I wasn't far away yesterday, I was just making some mental errors and pressing a little too hard. Today, I tried to be more patient and not think about the score so much.

"Usually it's pretty low scoring here, I certainly need to go low in the next two days."

BIG STEP   Continued...

Luke Donald of Britain gets his ball back from his caddy on the fifth hole during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament in Shanghai November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Aly Song