DOHA, Qatar, March 15 (UPI) -- Australian Adam Scott eagled the 466-yard 15th, toughest hole at Doha Golf Club, to spring into a three-shot lead at the halfway pomt of the Qatar Masters Friday.
Scott eventually carded a flawless 66 for an 11-under-par 133 and a healthy advantage over nearest challengers Klas Eriksson of Sweden, Anders Hansen of Denmark and José Manuel Lara of Spain who carded 70, 68 and 69, respectively, for 136.
Ironically, the 21-year-old Australian did not get off a perfect drive on the 15th, his tee shot running out of fairway into the semi-rough. But, he more than made up for it with his second.
His crisply struck five iron from 200 yards out pitched perfectly in the center of the green 25 feet from the pin and rolled into the cup.
"You need a little bit of luck now and again because I certainly didn't expect it to go in," Scott said.
Further down the leader board, three players shared fifth place on seven under par 137s, Jean Francois Remesy of France and the Scottish duo of Stephen Gallacher and Colin Montgomerie.