Coetzee holds on to Qatar Masters lead

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Coetzee_Qatar Getty Images George Coetzee of South Africa plays his second shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Doha – South African George Coetzee continued to hold on to his one-shot lead midway through the second round of the $2.5 million Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club on Thursday.

In search of his first title – he has three second place finishes so far – Coetzee shot a 69 for an 11 under total to stay ahead of England's Steve Webster, who had recorded a sensational albatross on his first hole on Wednesday.

Webster matched Coetzee's 69 in the second round to remain in second spot on 10 under, with Thomas Aiken, another South African pushing for the title, in third place a further shot down.

A bunch of five players including American John Daly were a shot behind on eight under.

Coetzee, the runner-up in Qatar last year, though was lucky to keep his nose ahead as he dropped four shots, which included a double-bogey six on the 474-yard 11th hole, his second.

Webster's record albatross on Wednesday however continued to be the talking point in Doha with many wondering if he could repeat the feat on the same hole in the second round.

The Englishman, too, admitted that the thought of an encore had been playing on his mind although he eventually had to settle for a birdie.

“I had perfect yardage again but I pulled it a bit and ended up 40 feet away. It was on my mind,” he said after his round which was blighted by three bogeys.

Daly, meanwhile, rolled back the years with a calm 69 to go with his first round 67.

Without a title for the past 10 years, the colourful American eschewed his trademark flamboyant play for a bogey-free round. – Sapa-AFP



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