Martin Kaymer hangs onto the top spot at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the half way stage of the competition.
Martin carded a second round -5 under par 67, for a -13 under total, to keep the lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, but by just one shot from Thomas Pieters.
Martin played well but thinks the course played harder in the morning than it did in the afternoon;
“I didn’t miss many fairways, which gives you the opportunity to go for a lot of flags.”
“And to be honest I really believe the golf course plays two or three shots tougher in the morning than in the afternoon because once you miss the fairway, you’re in that thick, wet grass and then it’s almost impossible to get home in two on the par fours. So I was very happy to shoot five under today.
“I will give it my best to get to the 20s. I’ll say it that way. Right now, I’m 13 under par, which is a great score after two rounds.”
Thomas also scored a -5 under par second round 67, rolling the ball well with his putter, keeping the pressure on the leader with his solid performance;
“It was a solid day. I started off well but just struggled coming in a little bit. I rolled it well with my putter, so that was nice.”
It was a special day for Rory McIlroy, carding his maiden European Tour hole in one, on his way to posting a second round -6 under par 66 and claiming third place at -11 under par;
“It definitely made up for the two previous holes. It was a perfect number. It was straight downwind, 177 yards, and I had a nine iron. The 12th hole was playing sort of similar and I hit nine iron there and pitched 194 so I knew it was a pretty good number.”
“As soon as it left, it looked like it had a chance. It took a nice little hop to the right. It’s my first one ever in competition as a pro, so obviously the beers are on me tonight.”
“It was unexpected. I had been playing well but I had not been putting so well. So that took the putter out of it thankfully and I didn’t need to get the putter out on that hole.”