Dec 12th, 2020
Reed out front in Dubai
Race to Dubai leader looking strong at DP World Tour Championship
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Reed, who is aiming to become the first American to win the Race to Dubai, got off to a flying start in round two of the final Rolex Series event of the year at Jumeirah Golf Estates, firing six birdies in his opening ten holes. His first dropped shot of the week came at the 12th, before three more gains on the 15th, 16th and 18th took him to ten under par and two shots ahead of Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick.
“Any time you shoot eight-under par you're always happy. I feel like today I got off to a little better start than I did yesterday and the putter was working a little bit," said Reed.
"Yesterday I felt like I did a lot of things pretty well, just putts weren't really falling, was kind of burning a couple edges, a couple of iron shots weren't as close as they needed to be, and today I tightened it up. I was able to hit the ball a little closer, give myself more opportunities and seeing the lines a little better today."
Fitzpatrick, who won this event in 2016, is at eight-under-par after back to back rounds of 68, just ahead of fellow countrymen Laurie Canter and Tyrrell Hatton on seven under par.
The 2017 Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood, who is aiming to top the rankings for the third time, are one shot further back in a tie for fifth place alongside South African Branden Grace and Finn Sami Välimäki.