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

Oct. 26, 2012 at 5:52 AM
| License Photo

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."

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from UPI.com
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Trending Stories