Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2019 R2 { 639 images } Created 20 Jan 2019

World Number Five Bryson DeChambeau carded a second successive 66 to move into a share of the halfway lead at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic alongside rising Australian star Lucas Herbert.

DeChambeau, a European Tour Member, is chasing a first overseas victory as a professional but has form at the Emirates Golf Club, having won the amateur medal thanks to a tied 18th finish at the 2016 edition, and he moved to the front on 12 under in Dubai courtesy of a roller-coaster six under par round which included one eagle, seven birdies and three bogeys.

He was joined at the summit by 23 year old Herbert, who equalled his career-best round of 63 to climb thirty places up the leaderboard and move into contention for a maiden European Tour title.

Three-time Omega Dubai Desert Classic winner and four-time Major Champion Ernie Els was joined by another past winner of this event Alvaro Quiros in a share of third place on 11 under, while defending champion Li Haotong, qualifier Callum Shinkwin, Frenchman Matthieu Pavon, four-time European Tour winner Matt Wallace and Australian Jason Scrivener were all at ten under par.

Player quotes:

Bryson DeChambeau

"I thought after yesterday - getting it around not making a bogey was awesome - but today was even more impressive with three bogeys on the card, still shooting six-under. I was happy about that. Unfortunately, again, I just didn't have the right sensations and proprioception over shots. I just felt uncomfortable, unfortunately, on a lot of them, and consequently my ball-striking is just not my best. But I'm not complaining one bit. There's no complaining here for sure, so I'm happy.

"I'm pleased that I'm playing golf. I'm getting it in the hole and executing the right shots when I need to and making a lot of key putts. That was one of the things I talked about this week, was reading the green right, and we've done a pretty darned good job so far. Hopefully we can keep it up."

Alvaro Quiros

"It was nice, especially because my putting has been great today, even when I skip two or three short putts. I've been working a lot with José María Olazábal and with my coach, José Rivero. It looks like it's paying off. Last week I was putting nicely too, so even with these grainy greens, it's key.

"Obviously I have to recognise that the golf course setup is a completely different thing every day. Around the greens we don't have any more heavy stuff as we used to have, and the wind intensity is what is going to change the direction of this course. Either we are going to keep up or we are going to still be shooting very low scores to be at the top of the leaderboard. It's true that the golf course is playing in perfect conditions, so you never know."
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