George delivers desert storm to lead

SA Open Championship: Round 2George Coetzee was the man to catch in the Middle East after he made six birdies at Doha Golf Club on Thursday to lead at the halfway mark of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

“I like the vibe and the way the course gels into the landscape here. It’s a fun track to play and I’ve just got to wait for my birdies and play it the way I know it,” he said.

The 2014 Joburg Open winner made just one bogey during the second round and totalled nine-under-par at the 36-hole mark. He heads into the weekend tied for first place with Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger.

“I had my fair share of rust earlier this year after the festive break,” said Coetzee. “We’ve played a few events now and hopefully I’m ready to contend. You want to be in the mix come Sunday.

“I’m playing well and it’s coming along slowly. Today was good, but not spectacular, and I shot 67. It feels like there is a low number to be had out there.”

Also in with a shout was Darren Fichardt, who shot 70 on Thursday to take an early hold on fifth place. The four-time European Tour winner will look to take advantage of his position heading into the weekend.

“We’re up for a good test on the weekend and we’ll see what happens. I’m two shots behind, which is not a bad place to be,” he said.

Jake Roos overcame a double-bogey at the first and went on to shoot 68, which has taken him to one-under for the tournament. He lay on the cut line at the end of the morning’s play.

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