A year ago, Henrik Stenson made history at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
While he won’t be able to repeat it, he could still end his year in style if he keeps playing like he did on Friday.
The Swede fired a 6-under 66 to reach 10-under and open up a two-stroke lead at the last tournament of the 2014 European Tour season.
Stenson had a bogey on No. 4, but everything else was golden as he hit the turn 2-under and stroke four birdies on the back nine. Stenson can’t win the Race to Dubai, but is already second in the standings and ranked fourth in the world.
Stenson has a two-stroke lead over the trio of Danny Willett, Richie Ramsay and Rory McIlroy.
McIlroy had been tied for the lead after a day, but his 2-under 70 dropped him back. Day 1 co-leaders Shane Lowry fell back to a tie for fifth after shooting a 71.
McIlroy was at even par after bogeying No. 12, then rallied with three birdies in a four-hole stretch.