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Hanson's 64 has him in 1st at BMW Masters

Oct. 26, 2012 at 5:52 AM   |   Comments

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SHANGHAI, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Peter Hanson overcame a first-hole bogey en route to an 8-under-par 64 Friday and moved into the lead of the European Tour's BMW Masters in Shanghai.

Hanson had four consecutive birdies in one stretch and birdied four in a five-hole span of the second nine to get to 14-under 130 after 36 holes. World No. 1-ranked Rory McIlroy had a bogey-free 7-under 65 and is second at 12-under.

Robert Karlsson had six consecutive birdies in his 8-under 64 and is third at 9-under. Jamie Donaldson, who had a course record 62 Thursday, was 2-over Friday and slid back into a tie for fourth with Shane Lowry (64 Friday), Alexander Noren (68) and Justin Rose (68).

Hanson had a 5 at the par-4 first hole but later said, "It's amazing how many good rounds come together after a bogey at the first."

He got the stroke back at the third before stopping his second shot within 4 feet at No. 5, setting off a string of fourth consecutive birdies. His iron play stayed sharp on the second nine, allowing him short birdie putts on 11, 12 and 13 before he dropped a 20-foot putt at 15

"It's pretty soft so you can see yourself shooting some low scores here," Hanson said. "I'm happy with the way I played so far and I know it's going to be a tough one coming up against the World No. 1 these last couple of days on a golf course he obviously loves. He won here last year."

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