Otaegui Takes Qatar Lead with Big Finish

Spain’s Adrian Otaegui finished his second round with three straight birdies to shoot a 66 moving to 11-under and taking the lead at the Qatar Masters after two rounds of play on Friday.

He’s hardly running away with the tournament, though. Five players headed to Saturday within five strokes of the lead.

“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.”

Otaegui is after his second career European Open title. He has a small lead over Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher, France’s Gregory Havret, England’s Eddie Pepperell and South Africa’s Erik Van Rooyen. Low winds in the normally blustery capital city have accounted for at least some of the lower scores.

Gallacher had the biggest ‘wow’ moment of the round by draining a 50-foot birdie putt on No. 13. He was very effective on the back nine, with additional birdies on #9, #14 and #17 as well.

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