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Oosthuizen Leads Qatar Masters

Louis Oosthuizen shot a 7-under-par 65 on Friday to lead the Qatar Masters after two rounds. The South African is at 12-under 132, a new 36-hole record for the tournament in Doha, Qatar, breaking the previous mark held by six players. So far, Oosthuizen has carded 13 birdies and only one bogey.

Overnight co-leader and 1998 champion Andrew Coltart shot a 3-under 69 and is alone in second at 9-under. In third at 8-under are Alvaro Quiros (67) and Brett Rumford (69). Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, who held a share of the first-round lead, shot a 1-under 71 and is in fifth at 7-under 137.

After his round Oosthuizen, who’s seeking his first European Tour victory, said he is pleased with his performance. “I’m happy,” he said. “I still feel like there was quite a few birdies out there that I left on the course. I always try not to make any bogeys. It was nice not to make too many mistakes.”
Last week at the Abu Dhabi Championship he fired a 65 in the final round to tie for second behind winner Paul Casey. “On the weekend, I’m going to try and do the same thing and see how many greens I can hit,” Oosthuizen said. “I can make a few birdies.”
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Other notables include Henrik Stenson (72), who is tied for sixth with Paul Broadhurst (70), Maarten Lafeber (70), Damien McGrane (69), Chapchai Nirat (69) and Rod Pampling (68) at 6-under 138. Sergio Garcia, Robert Karlsson, Aaron Baddeley and Lee Westwood are part of a group tied for 16th at 4-under 140.

Ernie Els shot a 71 and is tied for 25th at minus-three, while defending champion Adam Scott bettered his opening 73 with a 2-under 70. The Australian is tied for 47th at 1-under 143.
Among those who missed the cut are Casey (145), Darren Clarke (146), Justin Rose (146), Colin Montgomerie (146) and Boo Weekley (147).


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