Green, Goosen share lead at Qatar Masters

Updated: January 26, 2007, 11:58 AM ET
Associated Press

DOHA, Qatar -- Richard Green shot a 7-under 65 Friday to share the lead with Retief Goosen after the second round of the Qatar Masters.

First-round leader Goosen shot a 68 and joined Green at 11-under 133. Green, who had seven birdies, had his second consecutive bogey-free round.

Nick O'Hern (69) slipped a place to third, two shots behind the leaders. He had consecutive bogeys on the fifth and sixth.

"I played good golf for 27 holes, but the back nine was one of those when things got a bit scrappy," O'Hern said.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, Paul Lawrie, Liang Wen-chong and defending champion Henrik Stenson were in a four-way tie for fourth at 8 under.

Goosen had a mediocre start before improving on the back nine.

"I hit 11 fairways, which was not bad," Goosen said. "I just didn't do it on the front nine, which was my back nine. I couldn't get it going there."

After shooting 68 Thursday, Green managed four birdies in the first six holes.

"I have been very accurate off the tee and given myself a lot of opportunities," Green said. "The greens are beautiful, so you know what is going to happen out there."

Ernie Els, the 2005 winner, had a 71 and is seven shots back. Chris DiMarco (66) had seven birdies to tie for 13th.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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