Friday, January 23, 2009

Louis Oostehuizen in action in today's second round over the Doha golf course.

Springbok Oosthuizen leaps past Coltart

into three-shot lead at Qatar Masters

South African Louis Oosthuizen leads former champion Andrew Coltart by three shots after the second round of the Commercialbank Qatar Masters Presented by Dolphin Energy.
With 1998 Qatar title-winner Coltart on nine under par 135 following a solid three under 69, Oosthuizen continued the form which saw the 26 year old narrowly miss out on a maiden European Tour title in Abu Dhabi last week with a sublime seven under 65 for 12-under-par 132.
After dropping just one bogey yesterday, Oosthuizen picked up a first shot at the 452 yard par four fifth before reaching the turn in a flourish with back to back birdies.
Earlier, joint overnight leader Coltart claimed the outright lead with a steady trip around Doha Golf Club in mild morning conditions.
"I'm pleased. There is always a question whether you can follow up a low round and I think I managed it," said the 38 year old Scot.
"I think if you go around that course and shoot under par you have done really well and off the back of the 66 I was really proud of it."
Coltart grabbed his first birdie with a ten foot putt at the eighth before another followed to start the back nine after two putting the par five.
A three putt a hole later accounted for his only bogey, but a chip in three at the 12th pushed him back to two under before a up and down at 16 brought the Scot home.
He added: "There were some scrappy moments, it is the type of game you cannot play the same one day to a next, but I got the job done with a couple of nice chips, a couple of nice pitches and a couple of nice putts and three under I'm happy with.
"It was by no means the perfect round of golf, but I am delighted to shoot under par."
Big hitting Portugal Masters champion Alvaro Quiros leapt up the leaderboard and into third place at eight under with a five under 67 which included seven birdies from the young Spaniard.
Quiros' round was helped by a hat-trick of birdies to finish, although he was fortunate his attempted lay-up at the last rebounded off a rock and only landed in semi-rough.
"I was playing well last week and didn't have any luck," said the 26 year old.
"Yesterday I played good again and I didn't have any luck either so today was the day.
"I'm working well and putting good, sometimes with luck and sometimes without and that is the difference between a good score and a bad score."
Quiros was joined by Australian Brett Rumford, while overnight joint leader Miguel Angel Jiménez was unable to build on his bogey free first round but was satisfied with a 71 which left him fifth and a shot clear of another overnight joint leader Henrik Stenson, Chapchai Nirat, Maarten Lafeber, Damien McGrane, Paul Broadhurst and Sportsbet Australian Masters champion Rod Pampling.
Last week's winner, Paul Casey, failed to get under the qualifying mark of level par 144. Neither did the two incomers from the US PGA Tour, Ryder Cup player Boo Weekley (147) and Brandt Snedecker (145).
SCOTSWATCH (from Colin Farquharson)
Colin Montgomerie failed to beat the cut with a second-round 75 for 146. Perhaps he had other things on his mind.
After Coltart in the Scottish hit parade was the consistent Stephen Gallacher with scores of 72 and 69 for 141.
Paul Lawrie made it safely with 72 and 71 for 143 but Alastair Forsyth failed by one shot with 75 and 70 for 145.
Gary Orr missed out by eight shots with 78 and 74 for 152.
Scott Drummond was another Scottish "casualty" on 147.



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