McDowell hits another 67 to extend WGC lead to three

Fri Nov 7, 2014 6:12am EST
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By Andrew Both

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell continued to revel on a tough course set-up as he extended his lead to three strokes over Ryder Cup team-mate Ian Poulter after the second round of the $8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions tournament on Friday.

McDowell did not quite replicate his great ball-striking of the first day, but he did enough to gather five birdies for a five-under-par 67 at Sheshan Golf Club.

"I got lucky a couple of times today," he said after posting a 10-under 134 halfway total, while Englishman Poulter also shot 67, storming home with four birdies in the final five holes to vault into second place on seven-under.

American Bubba Watson also carded 67, while Japan’s Hiroshi Iwata (65) had the best round of the day to join the American on six-under in tied third.

McDowell and Poulter, third and second here last year, both have an affinity for Sheshan.

McDowell said his short game and putting allowed him to avoid any bogeys and increase his lead.

"My putter is in good form and the greens are fantastic and when I did have opportunities, I managed to make some,” he said.

"It was not my best ball‐striking round but I hung in and I’m right where I want to be going into the weekend.   Continued...

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament in Shanghai November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song