Adrian Otaegui takes the top spot with 11-under-133
Adrian Otaegui takes the top spot in the second round at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, played at the Doha Golf Club. Otaegui replaced South African Erik Van Rooyen from the top spot with three back to back birdies on 16th, 17th, and 18th holes.
Otaegui finished his opening round for a T-7th position on the board with five-under 67 and climbed the top spot today with seven birdies, one each on the 1st, 7th, 10th, 11th, adding a bogey on the par-3 13th before three back to back birdies to finish his round as the leader.
Otaegui won his first European Tour Title at last season’s Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play and has developed himself as one of the most consistent performers on the Tour.
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Posted by European Tour on Friday, February 23, 2018
“I think it was similar out there today to the first round,” he said. “There was no wind, it’s a low-scoring course this year so I think there was no real difference in the first two days.
“I know I’m playing well, I’m confident with my game at the moment and I’m just trying to keep my momentum going.
“I’m really looking forward to the weekend now. I just wanted to stay patient hole after hole and we’ll see what happens.”
The opening round joint leaders Eddie Pepperell and Gregory Havret dropped one-spot down from the opening round with matching three-under-par 69 for the day where Havret still remains bogey-free for 36 holes. Pepperell was looking strong for a continuous second day with an eagle on the par-5 10th, two birdies, and a lone bogey on the par-4 6th.
They both are joined by Erik Van Rooyen and Stephen Gallacher for a T-2nd position on the board at 10-under 134.
Rooyen finished third on the Challenge Tour to earn his spot on the European Tour, and his best finish of a second position came at the Joburg Open in December 2017.
Aaron Rai formed 1/3rd of the opening round joint leaders, finished for a T-26th on the board with a dismal 1-over 73 today, consisting three birdies and four bogeys, three of which came back to back from 6th to 8th hole, taking his total to 6-under 138. He is joined by Richard Bland, Paul Waring, Steven Brown, James Morrison, Matthew Baldwin, Marc Warren, Jacques Krusyswijk, and Bradley Dredge.
Chawrasia and Sharma miss cut
Indians SSP Chawrasia and Shubhankar Sharma missed the cut-line, for Sharma, this is for a continuous second time after missing it at the NBO Oman Open.
Shubhankar Sharma missed the cut with a shot at 3-under 141 with a level-par 72 finish to his round today for a T-79th on the board with Jordan Smith, Julian Suri, Darren Fichardt, Zander Lombard, and Matthew Southgate.
SSP Chawrasia posted one-under-71 today in a round consisting four birdies and three bogeys, three of his birdies came on the back nine starting with 10th and 11th holes and aided by the last one on the 18th, not enough to save him from the cut-line set at 4-under 140.
Chawrasia finished for a T-114th position on the board with a final score of level-par-144 with Carlos Pigem and Gavin Moynihan.