DP World Tour
Mar 26th, 2022
Larrazabal holds on to Qatar lead
Superb back nine fightback by Spaniard to lead by one
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The Spaniard leads by one on nine under par after posting a one-under-par round of 71 on day two, but the 38-year-old’s second round was truly a tale of two nines.
The overnight leader made the turn at four-over-par following a double bogey on the par five 9th hole but immediately responded with an eagle at the 10th. Three additional birdies put the finishing touches to a five-under-par back nine to complete a return to the top of the leaderboard on a windy day in Doha.
“It was a tough start. I didn’t expect the drive on the first to go so far right. I started par-bogey-bogey and that wasn’t in the plans for Friday," said Larrazabal.
"I went bogey-double bogey on eight and nine to shoot 40 on the front nine but I said to Raul, come on, yesterday we shot six-under on the back and we know that we like the back.
"It was one of those days where you have to keep working and believe in the way you’ve been playing the last month or so and to keep fighting. There are a lot of birdie chances on the back and I took a few."
The six-time DP World Tour winner is closely followed by Chase Hanna of the United States, Poland’s Adrian Meronk and South African Wilco Nienaber, who all share second place on eight under par, with Romain Langasque of France a shot further back on seven-under-par.
Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson, English duo Daniel Gavins and Matthew Jordan, and Austrian Lukas Nemecz share sixth place on six under par, while Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult, whose seven under par round of 65 was the lowest round of the day, is part of the group in a tie for tenth at five-under-par.