Swede Stenson marches towards double Dubai honors

Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:04am EST
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By Matt Smith

DUBAI (Reuters) - Henrik Stenson rattled in eight birdies for a second-round 64 to lead Dubai's $8-million DP World Tour Championship on Friday, putting the Swede firmly in control of a five-man tussle to top the 2013 European money list.

The world number three has yet to notch up a victory on the European circuit this year but won the U.S. PGA Tour's end-of-season FedExCup in September and seems poised for another bumper payday following a near-flawless performance on the Greg Norman-designed Earth course.

"I hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens, gave myself opportunities and rolled a couple of nice putts," said Stenson.

"It could be a bit better, but there's no point being greedy either. Everyone is going to miss a few out there on the greens. They are tricky to read, a lot of grain and they're quick. I'm delighted with the first two days' work."

Stenson is 12 under par on 132, one shot ahead of first-round leader Alejandro Canizares.

The Spaniard saved par on the 18th with a 10-foot putt after finding the water, while Stenson shrugged off a missed eagle opportunity on the 14th as he picked up four shots on the final seven holes.

"(I'm) coming off a little bit unhappy with my performance on the 14th, it would have felt pretty bad for the momentum to drop one straight after that - it would have felt like two dropped shots so that putt was crucial," said Stenson.

The 37-year-old bogeyed the 18th on his first round but with the tee moved forward on day two he lofted a 120-foot wedge to the edge of the green that rolled back to within a yard of the pin, allowing him to sink a final birdie.   Continued...

Henrik Stenson of Sweden swings his club as he arrives on the 18th hole during the second round of the DP World Tour Championship golf tournament in Dubai November 15, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah