DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (NWN) – Antoine Rosner took a one-stroke lead after two rounds of his title defense at the Dubai Championships, rolling 8 from eight feet to No. 18 in a right-to-left birdie putt. shot. Under 64 on Friday.
A sixth birdie in his last eight holes broke a three-way tie with French golfer Francesco Laporta (64) and first-round leader JB Hansen (67).
Rosner, who is under 15 overall, has yet to miss a shot on the fire course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, where he scored 25 last year to claim his first European Tour title.
“I just used to position myself, hole after hole,” said Rosner, who described his long game as “perfect.” And some puts dropped in the last nine.
“It was definitely one of my best ball-strike rounds around here.”
On another day of low-scoring in ideal conditions in Dubai, Kalle Samuja made seven birdies in his final eight holes – after starting at number 10 – to shoot 64 and moved to fourth at 13-under.
The English pair of Tommy Fleetwood (66 for a second straight) and Paul Waring (67) were a stroke ahead.
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