Henrik Stenson has the half-way lead in the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course in Dubai.
Henrik posted a second round -6 under par 66 to lead the DP World Tour Championship at the half-way point by two shots on -10 under par.
He reported that he felt like he was running on empty, after a long season;
“Around the 12th hole I felt like I was running out of steam. It was difficult mentally from there on. I had to really focus hard and drag myself over the finish line.”
“It’s hot and sticky and even though I’m drinking well and getting plenty of energy, I just felt like I hit the wall on 12.”
“If it’s one or two holes left, you normally feel like, ‘okay, I can hang on’. But it was a bit of an uphill struggle from there. I managed to finish in good style anyway so I’m pleased with that.”
“There’s still a lot of golf to play and I’m really happy with how I closed this round.”
Rory McIlroy is just two shots behind at -8 under par, sharing second place with Richie Ramsay and Danny Willett.
Rory said he will try to close the gap on the leader tomorrow;
“I’m in a good position and there is a lot of golf left, I’ve definitely been in worse positions after two rounds and still won.”
“It could have been worse but it probably could have been a little better. I definitely didn’t have it like I did yesterday. I had to dig in a little bit so hopefully that’s the bad one out of the way and I have 36 holes now to make some ground up on Henrik.”
“Henrik’s very comfortable on this golf course obviously. I can’t let him get too far ahead tomorrow. I have to get off to a fast start and try and put a bit of pressure on him. Hopefully I can do that.”
Shane Lowry, aided by a hole-in-one on the 13th, and former US Open Champion Justin Rose are among the five-strong group of players another stroke back at -7 under par.
Shane spoke about his first ever Ace in tournament play, on the 204 yard par three 13th, and how good it felt;
“It was a beautiful shot, a perfect number for my six iron.”
“It’s my first in tournament play and only my second ever so it was pretty exciting. It was hard to go on and play the next hole after that.”
“I am still in the tournament and I suppose if you had given me that on Thursday I would have taken it.”