Swede Stenson marches towards double Dubai honors
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...