Paul Lawrie has the Qatar Masters half-way lead at the Doha Golf Club.
Paul will take a one shot into the third round of the Qatar Masters after carding -6 under par 66 in the second round for a -11 under par 36 hole total.
Paul is a two-time Champion here, and would love to make it a hat-trick of victories in the Mother of Pearl Trophy tournament, no one has done that before. It was calmer for the early starters, with the wind picking up in the afternoon, which made it much more difficult for the later starters;
“It all helps. You see your name on the board a couple of times, you walk past it every day at the range. It’s got to help that you know you’ve won this tournament twice before.”
“It’s just nice to go back to places that you know you can play well on and you have done in the past.”
“It was pretty much the same as yesterday, I played nicely tee-to-green, hit a lot of good shots.”
“I only made one mistake, which was a three-putt from 20 feet at fifteen.”
“They put the tees forward today, obviously thinking that the wind is going to blow pretty hard, and this morning it was dead calm.”
“So I got a little frustrated after 15 because I thought, ‘you’re not taking advantage of the conditions today’. Then I played some nice golf and made a few birdies.”
“But you’ve just got to do your game plan and kick on, and it’s going to change every now and again with the weather.”
“My attitude is normally pretty good when it gets blowy because if you get a bit grumpy and a bit grizzly, as I tend to do, when it’s windy, you’re going to struggle.”
“So I tend to accept things a bit better when it’s windy, and that’s what you’ve got to do.”
“There’s a long way to go, a lot of golf to be played, a lot of top players still up there. But so far, so good.”
Big hitting Nicolas Colsaerts is in second place, that one shot back at -10 under par for the competition, he was -4 under 68 today.
Sharing third position, at -9 under par are Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Grégory Bourdy, both shooting -4 under 68 today, and Andrew Johnson, -3 under 69.
Another of the previous winners here, Sergio Garcia, is in the large group at -8 under par and T6. Sergio equaled the low round of the day, -6 under par 66, matching the leader Paul.