• Is looking to become the tournament's first three-time winner
• Made the Ryder Cup team both times he won at Doha GC
Paul Lawrie holds a one-shot lead after the second round of the Qatar Masters as he looks to become the first player to win the tournament three times.
The 47-year-old, who also tasted victory in 1999 and 2012, bettered yesterday’s total of five-under-par by one shot as he moved to 11-under-par in total and one clear of Nicolas Colsaerts and a chasing pack which includes Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Sergio Garcia and Thorbjorn Olesen.
Lawrie, who missed the cut at last week’s Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, went out in 33 to move to eight-under-par and stuck it this close to make a birdie at the ninth.
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And the Aberdonian equalled that on the back nine with four birdies and one bogey for his round of 66.
"66-6 today for -11 after 36 holes again hit it very good and putted nicely," he tweeted afterwards.
Performing well in Qatar has always been a good omen for Lawrie. The Scot has played in two Ryder Cups, both of which came after victories at Doha Golf Club.
Elsewhere, Richie Ramsay (-4), Dubai-based Clarke Lutton (-4), Marc Warren (-3) and Scott Jamieson (-1) all made the cut, but Stephen Gallacher, David Drysdale, Andrew McArthur, Craig Lee and Jamie McLeary all failed to make it to the final two rounds.
Paul Lawrie :: Can he make it three?
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