Kind draw helps Dane Winther lead in Qatar

Denmark’s Jeff Winther has claimed a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Qatar Masters after making the most of a favourable draw in Doha.

Winther began his second round at 6.45am local time on Friday and carded five birdies and a single bogey to record a second successive 67 and finish eight-under par.

With the wind picking up significantly as the day went on none of the later starters were able to catch him with Jamie Donaldson, Jack Senior, Darren Fichardt, Kalle Samooja and Kurt Kitayama sharing second on six-under.

Maverick Antcliff was the best of the three Australian competitors on view but his one-over par 72 left him even off the pace at one-under for the tournament in a tie for 39th.

But Wade Ormsby, who had a five-over 76, and Scott Hend, who’s four-over for the tournament, both failed to make the cut.

“I love coming back here and I have good memories from last year,” said Winther, who finished a shot outside the play-off between Jorge Campillo and David Drysdale 12 months ago.

“The wind (got) quite severe. We were lucky. On the last three or four holes it was really starting to pick up.”

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