Omega Dubai Desert Classic R2

Eddie Pepperell leads in Dubai

January 23-26
Emirates GC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
$3,250,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


England’s Eddie Pepperell fired a second-round 67 to lead defending champion Bryson DeChambeau by one shot heading into the weekend at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic R2 - Pepperell leads in Dubai
Eddie Pepperell. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

With lighter winds making for easier scoring in the desert, Pepperell carded seven birdies and two bogeys to get to eight under in the morning and set a target that would not be passed.

American Ryder Cup star DeChambeau looked the most likely to catch the leader when he birdied the 14th to get within one, but he gave the shot straight back before a gain on the 17th moved him back to seven under alongside South African Dean Burmester and Swede Robert Karlsson.

Pepperell has switched to a claw putting-grip and gone back to some old practice methods as he looks to rediscover the form that made him a winner twice in 2018, and he was happy with his day’s work at Emirates Golf Club.


“I think regardless of what your hands are doing on the grip, great putters tend to look quite comfortable,” he told europeantour.com. “When I set this way I look more comfortable which, in my mind and I think in the viewer’s mind, should be more confident.

“It’s been very good the past two days and I’ve been surprised with how good it’s been. If I can keep doing that over the weekend with what I’ve been doing with the swing I think I’m going to make plenty of birdies which would be great.”

DeChambeau has added significant bulk to his frame in the last 12 months to increase his distance and, after driving up to the side of the green and making birdies at the par-four second and 17th in round two, he was delighted to see his work paying dividends.

“It’s opened new boundaries that I never thought were possible to be up front with you,” he told Sky Sports Golf after matching Pepperell with a 67.

“My wedge game has been immaculate, my putting has been for the most part a success and iron play has kept me in the proper place. I hit a couple of nice drives today and I’m getting better with my driving.”

Omega Dubai Desert Classic R2 - Pepperell leads in Dubai
Bryson Dechambeau. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Burmester was involved in a car accident on Wednesday and, despite sustaining a minor ankle injury, he matched Karlsson’s score of 68 in round two.

France’s Romain Langasque and China’s Wu Ashun were at six under, two shots ahead of England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who carded the lowest round of the week so far with a 65.


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Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-8
69
67
136
T2
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-7
70
67
137
T2
Dean Burmester
RSA
-7
69
68
137
T2
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-7
69
68
137
T5
Ashun Wu
CHI
-6
69
69
138
T5
Romain Langasque
FRA
-6
69
69
138
T7
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-5
73
66
139
T7
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-5
69
70
139
T7
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-5
70
69
139
T7
Victor Perez
FRA
-5
73
66
139
T11
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-4
72
68
140
T11
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-4
69
71
140
T11
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-4
69
71
140
T11
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-4
75
65
140
T15
Grant Forrest
SCO
-3
73
68
141
T15
Shane Lowry
IRL
-3
72
69
141
T15
Viktor Hovland
NOR
-3
71
70
141
T18
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-2
72
70
142
T18
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-2
71
71
142
T18
Jordan Smith
ENG
-2
72
70
142
T18
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-2
69
73
142
T18
Matthiam Keyser
RSA
-2
74
68
142
T18
Shaun Norris
RSA
-2
69
73
142
T18
Tom Lewis
ENG
-2
73
69
142
T25
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
72
71
143
T25
David Lipsky
USA
-1
68
75
143
T25
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-1
73
70
143
T25
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-1
69
74
143
T25
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-1
71
72
143
T25
Martin Kaymer
GER
-1
72
71
143
T25
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-1
71
72
143
T32
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
Par
73
71
144
T32
Gavin Green
MAS
Par
73
71
144
T32
Ian Poulter
ENG
Par
71
73
144
T32
Joost Luiten
NED
Par
72
72
144
T32
Justin Harding
RSA
Par
71
73
144
T32
Matthias Schwab
AUT
Par
72
72
144
T32
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
74
70
144
T32
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
Par
74
70
144
T32
Sean Crocker
USA
Par
72
72
144
T32
Thomas Pieters
BEL
Par
67
77
144
T42
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
72
73
145
T42
David Drysdale
SCO
1
74
71
145
T42
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
1
70
75
145
T42
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
1
75
70
145
T42
Julien Guerrier
FRA
1
71
74
145
T42
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
1
75
70
145
T42
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
1
74
71
145
T42
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
1
74
71
145
T42
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
1
74
71
145
T42
Scott Jamieson
SCO
1
74
71
145
T42
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
69
76
145
T42
Thomas Detry
BEL
1
73
72
145
T54
Aaron Rai
ENG
2
77
69
146
T54
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
77
69
146
T54
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
2
73
73
146
T54
Danny Willett
ENG
2
76
70
146
T54
David Law
SCO
2
75
71
146
T54
Jason Scrivener
AUS
2
77
69
146
T54
Jeff Winther
SWE
2
76
70
146
T54
Lee Westwood
ENG
2
78
68
146
T54
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
2
72
74
146
T54
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
2
77
69
146
T54
Niklas Noergaard Moeller
DEN
2
74
72
146
T54
Padraig Harrington
IRL
2
71
75
146
T54
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
73
73
146
T54
Romain Wattel
FRA
2
70
76
146
T54
Ryan Fox
NZL
2
76
70
146
T54
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
2
71
75
146
T54
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
2
73
73
146
T54
Zander Lombard
RSA
2
71
75
146
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
3
76
71
147
CUT
Benjamin Poke
DNK
3
76
71
147
CUT
Graeme McDowell
NIR
3
72
75
147
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
3
75
72
147
CUT
Jayden Schaper
RSA
3
71
76
147
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
77
70
147
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
3
75
72
147
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
4
76
72
148
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
4
77
71
148
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
4
75
73
148
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
4
79
69
148
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
4
72
76
148
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
4
73
75
148
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
4
72
76
148
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
4
77
71
148
CUT
Taehee Lee
KOR
4
72
76
148
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
4
74
74
148
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
5
75
74
149
CUT
David Howell
ENG
5
80
69
149
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
5
79
70
149
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
5
75
74
149
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
5
77
72
149
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
5
76
73
149
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
5
73
76
149
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
5
75
74
149
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
6
75
75
150
CUT
Daniel Gaunt
AUS
6
78
72
150
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
6
76
74
150
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
6
75
75
150
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
6
78
72
150
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
6
73
77
150
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
7
78
73
151
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
8
81
71
152
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
8
73
79
152
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
8
76
76
152
CUT
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
8
75
77
152
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
8
73
79
152
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
8
77
75
152
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
9
76
77
153
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
9
77
76
153
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
9
75
78
153
CUT
Paul Lawrie
SCO
9
77
76
153
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
10
75
79
154
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
10
78
76
154
CUT
Joshua Hill
ENG
10
77
77
154
CUT
Shugo Imahira
JPN
11
81
74
155
CUT
Graeme Storm
ENG
12
83
73
156
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
12
76
80
156
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
12
79
77
156
CUT
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
12
81
75
156
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
13
79
78
157
CUT
Ahmed Marjan
MOR
14
79
79
158
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
14
76
82
158
CUT
Harry Konig
ENG
16
80
80
160
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
18
82
80
162
CUT
Othman Al Mulla
KSA
27
83
88
171
DSQ
Andy Sullivan
ENG
Par
77
77
RET
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
0