Friday, November 04, 2011


Shanghai, November 4: Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson overcame a two-shot deficit by returning with a flawless six-under-par 66 to take the second round lead at the WGC-HSBC Champions today.
Jacobson, who finished third in Malaysia last week, leads by one ahead of 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen who signed for the day’s lowest score of 63 to take a share of second place alongside Australia’s Adam Scott on 134 total.
Starting the day tied-second, Jacobson carded his first birdie on the seventh hole before adding another on the par-four ninth to reach the turn in 34.
He started his outward-nine with another birdie on the 10th hole before a hat-trick of birdies starting from the 14th hole ensured that he would head into the weekend with the lead.
“I think I've just been striking the ball really well. I've been driving the ball really well over these first two days,” said Jacobson.
“I got a new driver a couple of weeks ago and it just seems to work really well. I feel I've been having pretty good distance off the tees, and if I can hit it straight, which I have so far, I'm going to get some good looks with my irons,” added the Swede.
Meanwhile Oosthuizen surprised even himself after a sparkling 63 skyrocketed him up the leaderboard.
“I don't think I've ever shot a 63. I think I've shot 62 once in a tournament round, but you know, it was probably at my local course back in South Africa that I last shot a 63,” said the South African who completed his first round in tied-30th place after an opening 71.
“I don't think I missed a green today as I hit the ball really well. It was nice, a good, solid day for me,” added Oosthuizen.
Scott, winner of the last WGC event in Akron in August, also made his quick move up the top with a brilliant outward 31 that was highlighted by six birdies and one bogey.
The Australian then charged home with three birdies against another bogey on the 15th hole to stay in close touch with Jacobson.
“It was a good round today to keep pace with the leaders. I got off to a fairly fast start on the front-nine. It was nice to make a couple on the back nine to take advantage of the good front-nine,” said Scott.
“I'm pleased to be in touch but obviously scoring is low, so I'm going to have to play well on the weekend to keep in touch with them,” added the Australian.
Par 144 (2x72). Yardage 7,266
133 - Fredrik JACOBSON (SWE) 67-66.
134 - Louis OOSTHUIZEN (RSA) 71-63, Adam SCOTT (AUS) 69-65.
135 - Keegan BRADLEY (USA) 65-70.
136 - Bo VAN PELT (USA) 67-69, Paul CASEY (ENG) 70-66.
137 - Martin KAYMER (GER) 69-68, Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) 68-69, Aaron BADDELEY (AUS) 69-68, Lee WESTWOOD (ENG) 69-68.
138 - Simon DYSON (ENG) 69-69, Graeme MCDOWELL (NIR) 69-69, Justin ROSE (ENG) 68-70, Hunter MAHAN (USA) 71-67, Ian POULTER (ENG) 70-68, K J CHOI (SKOR) 68-70.
139 - Rory MCILROY (NIR) 70-69, Charl SCHWARTZEL (RSA) 70-69 (T17)
143 - Paul Lawrie (Scotland) 72 71 (T39).
144 - Ernie Els (S Africa) 75 69 (T44).





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