Martin Kaymer recorded his second straight 66 on Friday to take the lead at the Abu Dhabi Championships through 36 holes.
He’s a step ahead of Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello and two ahead of Paul Dunne and Kiradech Aphibarnrat. The former No. 1 got off to a slow start and was 1-over through seven holes. He eagled No. 8 to hit the turn one stroke under, then fired off six birdies on the back nine.
Kaymer has not won an event since his triumph at the 2014 US Open. Prior to that victory it had been three years since he won. Abu Dhabi success has been something of a snap for Kaymer over the years.
He shot -15 in 2008 to win the event, won it again in 2010 and repeated as champion in 2011.
Day One leader Henrik Stenson shot a 1-under 71 and dropped back to a tie for ninth.