facebook
twitter
search
search

Cabrera-Bello up by two strokes at Qatar Masters

Jan. 23, 2014 at 8:53 AM

DOHA, Qatar, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Rafa Cabrera-Bello had five late birdies Thursday in building a two-stroke lead halfway through the European Tour's Commercial Bank Qatar Master.

Cabrera-Bello, even-par through seven holes Thursday, turned in a second-round score of 7-under-par 65 and is at 13-under 131 after 36 holes. First-round leader George Coetzee, overcoming an early double bogey, shot a 3-under 69 in the second round and is in second at 11-under.

Johan Carlsson closed with three consecutive birdies and matched Cabrera-Bello's 65. He is tied with Matthew Baldwin (66 Thursday) and Steve Webster (69) for third at 10-under. Four more players are at 9-under 135 with two rounds to play.

Cabrera-Bello started Thursday's play with four pars and went birdie-bogey at Nos. 5 and 6.

Birdies at the eighth and ninth holes started an impressive run for Cabrera-Bello. He opened his second nine with two pars but then posted six straight 3s on his scorecard -- four on pars 4s and the others on par 3s -- in moving to the front. He pushed his lead to two strokes with an 18th-hole birdie.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Matt Wisler strong again as Atlanta Braves beat St. Louis Cardinals
UPI Horse Racing Weekend Preview
Cincinnati Bengals' Green: "My time is coming"
Tim Hudson comes full circle as San Francisco Giants edge Oakland Athletics
Johnny Manziel has chance to start for Cleveland Browns