After missing the cut last week in his first appearance of the year, Henrik Stenson gets it in the clubhouse at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on Thursday afternoon, and will play the weekend. The 37 year-old Swede showed up at Abu Dhabi with a ton of off-season rust on his game, and simply didn’t have it. His luck changed in Doha where he followed his first round 68, with one under par effort on Friday .
After an opening bogey at the first hole on Thursday, he made the turn at one over, but put two birdies on the card on the back. The Qatar Masters began play on Wednesday, and will have a Saturday finish. Unfortunately, the 2013 Fed Ex Cup, and Race To Dubai Champion is eight shots back, and tied for 28th position.
Raphael Cabrera-Bello blistered the 7400 yard Doha golf course for a second round -7 under par 65 and with a two-day total of -13 under par, has a two shot lead over South African, George Coetzee. The 29 year-old Spaniard put a string of thee birdies together on the back nine to solidify his lead.
Cabrera-Bello had a good run last week at Abu Dhabi, but fell back on Sunday and ended in a tie for fourth place.
Don’t look now, but the top American in the field this week is John Daly. Big John is only five strokes back, and seems to be playing well in Africa. He fired a bogey-free round on Thursday, and has a two-day total at eight under par. Daly is tied for 10th place with a group that includes Peter Hanson, Alejandro Canizares, Francois Calmels, and South African, Branden Grace.
Source: European Tour.com
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