Noren's money-list charge blunted by late bogeys in Dubai

Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:23am EST
 
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By David French

DUBAI (Reuters) - Alex Noren's hopes of reining in fellow Swede Henrik Stenson at the top the European money-list were dulled by two bogeys in the last four holes on the second day of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Friday.

In-form Noren, who produced a staggering come-from-behind victory on the final day to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa last weekend, had earlier birdied holes one, seven, eight and 10 to propel himself up the leaderboard towards the top-two finish he needs to have a chance of usurping his compatriot as top earner.

Noren fell to four-under overall, five shots off the halfway lead shared by Sergio Garcia and Francesco Molinari, with overnight leader Lee Westwood a further shot behind.

Stenson rallied from a level-par first day to match Noren's three-under-par round, although the money-list leader had to contend with more crowd interaction than he would have expected -- a wayward tee-shot at 13 struck a spectator, while his ball was handled by another at hole two.

"I know it's going to be a long weekend and they are going to keep on pushing me. So I'm just trying to do my best," said Stenson, whose other main rival for the Race to Dubai title, England's Danny Willett, sits level with him on three-under for the tournament.

World number two Rory McIlroy, who came into the tournament with an outside chance of claiming the money-list crown but whose struggles on day one all-but-ended his title ambitions, rebounded with a four-under-par round on Friday to sit eight shots off the lead.

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