Cabrera-Bello two shots clear in Doha

European Tour

Rafael Cabrera-Bello birdied five of the last seven holes at the Qatar Masters in Doha to take a two-shot lead after the second round.

The Spanish Rider Cup hopeful dropped one shot on the day to for his 65 which looks rather impressive next to the 66 he shot in the first round.

At 13-under-par he snatched the lead from George Coetzee who, at 11-under-par, was the clubhouse leader following his round of 69.

Coetzee is placed second – the position where he finished the tournament last year – and said that he was eager to make a step up as he searches for his first European Tour victory.

“I enjoy this place and will be trying to do one better than last year,” he said.

“I just had a bit of a wobble on the 11th, my second hole, but otherwise I played pretty nicely. There are some bogeys out there but there’s definitely some birdies to recover from.”

Meanwhile England’s Steve Webster and Matthew Baldwin share third place after their respective rounds of 69 and 66.

They are joined by Sweden’s Johan Carlsson who moved up 23 places on the day.

Webster had carded an albatross on the par-five 10th during his first round, but admitted that he was slightly off target on Thursday.

“It was a little bit scrappy today,” Webster told Sky Sports.

“I missed the green with a lob wedge on the first and chipped in for a birdie which was nice. I played good but didn’t give myself enough chances so 69, I’m happy with that.”

“I was a bit disappointed how I played today, I warmed up great on the range at 5:30am but I never quite got going on the course. To shoot 69 I have scrambled a little bit.”

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