DP World Tour Championship, Dubai R2

Reed takes control in Dubai

December 10-13
Earth Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai
$8,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


DP World Tour Championship R2 - Reed takes control in Dubai
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Race to Dubai leader Patrick Reed took control of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, opening up a two shot lead after an impressive eight under par round of 64 on Friday.


“Any time you shoot eight under par you’re always happy. I feel like today I got off to a little better start than I did yesterday and the putter was working a little bit. Yesterday I felt like I did a lot of things pretty well, just putts weren’t really falling, was kind of burning a couple edges, a couple iron shots weren’t as close as they needed to be, and today I tightened it up. I was able to hit the ball a little closer, give myself more opportunities and seeing the lines a little better today.

“Today and this week and ever since I started kind of with the new swing, it just feels a little bit more controllable. It feels as if I don’t have as big a curves going on irons and stuff, and because of that I feel like whether it’s a right flag or left flag, I can aim closer to the hole rather than trying to aim farther away and trying to sling it in there. For me it’s more of a comfort thing as well as just a consistency thing, because with how good the guys are out here, whether on the PGA Tour or European Tour, whether they’re on, they’re on.”



Reed, who is aiming to become the first American to win the Race to Dubai, got off to a flying start in round two of the final Rolex Series event of the year at Jumeirah Golf Estates, firing six birdies in his opening ten holes. His first dropped shot of the week came at the 12th , before three more gains on the 15th , 16th and 18th took him to ten under par and two shots ahead of Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick.

“This is a golf course I love,” said Fitzpatrick. “It’s a golf course I’ve played well around before, and I’m really, really looking forward to the weekend. It made me laugh, I was thinking me and Patrick were one of the earlier groups last year, bringing up the rear, so it’s nice to have the opposite this year.


“I’ve been in the position before to win around here. Obviously, I know what it takes. But at the same time it’s four years ago now. It’s just a long time ago, unfortunately. But things change, my game changes, different swing thoughts. Honestly after the first two days, I don’t want to jinx myself, touch wood here, but I definitely feel like my swing was way better these first two days than it was the year I won.”

Fitzpatrick, who won this event in 2016, is at eight under par after back to back rounds of 68, just ahead of fellow countrymen Laurie Canter and Tyrrell Hatton on seven under par.



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“I think the good thing about the golf course, it’s going to force you to hit shots, so the brain can actually pretty quickly get into what you’re doing,” said Canter. “That’s a good thing. I just start to really get into the shots out there. This course kind of demands some different stuff, to be honest. Yeah, I was able to do that, and that’s probably — like I say, that probably helps you because you probably get out of your own head a little bit and just hit shots and see where you go.”

The 2017 Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood, who is aiming to top the rankings for a third time, are one shot further back in a tie for fifth place alongside South African Branden Grace and Finn Sami Välimäki.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Patrick Reed
-10
70
64
134
2
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-8
68
68
136
T3
Laurie Canter
-7
71
66
137
T3
Tyrrell Hatton
-7
69
68
137
T5
Tommy Fleetwood
-6
69
69
138
T5
Branden Grace
-6
72
66
138
T5
Sami Valimaki
-6
69
69
138
T5
Lee Westwood
-6
70
68
138
T9
Adri Arnaus
-5
71
68
139
T9
Martin Kaymer
-5
69
70
139
T9
Danny Willett
-5
72
67
139
T12
Viktor Hovland
-4
71
69
140
T12
Robert MacIntyre
-4
68
72
140
T14
Shaun Norris
-3
72
69
141
T14
Adrian Otaegui
-3
75
66
141
T14
Victor Perez
-3
67
74
141
T14
Thomas Pieters
-3
71
70
141
T14
Callum Shinkwin
-3
70
71
141
T14
Henrik Stenson
-3
70
71
141
T14
Erik van Rooyen
-3
68
73
141
T21
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-2
71
71
142
T21
Collin Morikawa
-2
72
70
142
T21
Ian Poulter
-2
74
68
142
T21
Kalle Samooja
-2
74
68
142
T21
Andy Sullivan
-2
71
71
142
T26
Dean Burmester
-1
76
67
143
T26
George Coetzee
-1
71
72
143
T26
Jazz Janewattananond
-1
70
73
143
T26
Matt Wallace
-1
72
71
143
T30
Rasmus Højgaard
E
76
68
144
T30
Scott Jamieson
E
74
70
144
T30
Joost Luiten
E
71
73
144
T30
Brandon Stone
E
73
71
144
T30
Marc Warren
E
72
72
144
T35
Wil Besseling
1
72
73
145
T35
Jamie Donaldson
1
70
75
145
T35
Sungjae Im
1
75
70
145
T35
Masahiro Kawamura
1
72
73
145
T35
Marcus Kinhult
1
76
69
145
T40
Jorge Campillo
2
72
74
146
T40
Sean Crocker
2
70
76
146
T40
Joachim B. Hansen
2
74
72
146
T40
Justin Harding
2
77
69
146
T40
Tom Lewis
2
78
68
146
T40
Robert Rock
2
73
73
146
T40
Jordan Smith
2
74
72
146
T40
Connor Syme
2
73
73
146
T48
Marcus Armitage
3
73
74
147
T48
Thomas Detry
3
74
73
147
T48
Garrick Higgo
3
70
77
147
T48
Pablo Larrazabal
3
73
74
147
T48
Bernd Wiesberger
3
76
71
147
T53
Ross Fisher
4
73
75
148
T53
Gavin Kyle Green
4
70
78
148
T53
Renato Paratore
4
75
73
148
T53
Aaron Rai
4
72
76
148
T53
Antoine Rozner
4
75
73
148
T58
John Catlin
5
75
74
149
T58
Grant Forrest
5
75
74
149
T58
Graeme McDowell
5
73
76
149
T58
Wilco Nienaber
5
79
70
149
62
Matthieu Pavon
6
74
76
150
T63
Sam Horsfield
7
77
74
151
T63
Eddie Pepperell
7
78
73
151
65
Benjamin Hebert
8
75
77
152