Lawrie chasing Qatar double
BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2012 Qatar Masters | Round Two | 05 Feb 2012
13 years ago Paul Lawrie won the Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club by a massive eight shots and a few months later became the 1999 Open Champion.
Whether the Scot can go on and take advantage of his one shot lead through 36 holes of this year’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters has yet to be determined. If he did, the chance of him winning at Royal Lytham & St Annes in July is a perhaps a longshot but there is little doubt Lawrie is in some of his best form in recent years.
Lawrie has already recorded two top tens this season to go with his runner-up finish at his last start of 2011 at the Dubai World Championship.
So well is he playing that he was able to withstand the disappointment of a one shot penalty for dropping his ball on his marker in today’s second round and, unsure if it had moved or not, he called a rules official and was forced to accept a penalty.
The gusty winds that again swept the Peter Harradine designed layout were again reflected in the scoring as players were required to complete round two in the weather reduced event.
Lawrie leads at 8 under par but 16 players are within four shots of the lead heading into tomorrow’s third and final round.
Lawrie leads by one over Belgium’s Nicholas Colsaerts and by two over Swede Peter Hanson and Argentine Ricardo Gonzalez.
Queenslanders Jason Day and Andrew Dodt are well enough placed at 4 under and in a share of 7th position and just four from the lead.
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