Omega Dubai Desert Classic R2

Flawless Detry moves ahead in Dubai

January 28 – 31
Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
$3,250,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2021 R2 - Flawless Detry moves ahead in Dubai
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Belgium’s Thomas Detry leads the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the halfway stage after a flawless first 36 holes at Emirates Golf Club.

The 28-year-old matched his opening round of 67, five under par, and remains bogey free after the first two days of play as he goes in search of a maiden European Tour title.


“First thing that comes to my mind is bogey-free, on this course, that’s a pretty good achievement. Let’s keep it that way.

“I’ve been playing some really good golf, keeping it on the fairway and hitting every single green and getting up-and-down a couple good times. So I’m very pleased.

“The course, it can bite you at any time. There’s some thick rough around the green and hazards on tee shots, as well. Yeah, the key is knowing when to hitting a conservative shot and hitting aggressive shots.”



Since graduating from the Challenge Tour in 2016, the Belgian has three runner-up finishes to his name, two of them coming last year during the UK Swing.

Detry is one stroke ahead of Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre, who carded a bogey-free second round of 68 to reach nine under par. MacIntyre broke his duck at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown in November and is seeking a strong finish to secure his place inside the Top 50 in the world – he is currently 52nd on the Official World Golf Ranking.


“It wasn’t as pretty as yesterday’s round, if I’m being honest,” said MacIntyre. “Wasn’t as solid. But that’s the way golf is. You can’t have a 72-hole tournament where you hit it absolutely perfectly. Today I felt I was out of rhythm early on; the group itself, we couldn’t get any momentum within the group, which was difficult.

“You’ve got to be in the fairways. If you miss the fairways and you’re in that second cut of rough, it’s a lottery. Sometimes you can advance it 180 yards and sometimes you can only move it a hundred. It’s about finding fairways and greens and yeah, just try and hole some putts.”




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In a share of third place are South African Justin Harding, Kalle Samooja of Finland and five-time European Tour winner Tommy Fleetwood, who eagled the 18 th hole to join them on eight under par.

“Felt like after the first, didn’t play all that bad,” said Fleetwood. “It’s pretty tough out there. In the afternoon, the course kind of firms out and the rough around the greens, put together with firm greens, and again, pretty quick, makes it pretty hard.

“So I think I played really well. The irons were good again. So felt like I was in control for a lot of the day. Managed to get it going a little bit when you had to stay really patient early doors. I think, you know, pars are pretty good out there, really, and then if you can just pick shots up, that’s the best way to do it.



“I started getting it going a little bit and then it became a little bit more frustrating. Yeah, eagle on the last, makes that right.“

The reigning Race to Dubai champion Lee Westwood shares sixth place with five other competitors, including his Ryder Cup teammate Paul Casey.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Thomas Detry
-10
67
67
134
2
Robert MacIntyre
-9
67
68
135
T3
Tommy Fleetwood
-8
68
68
136
T3
Justin Harding
-8
66
70
136
T3
Kalle Samooja
-8
68
68
136
T6
Adri Arnaus
-7
68
69
137
T6
Paul Casey
-7
67
70
137
T6
Kurt Kitayama
-7
65
72
137
T6
Mikko Korhonen
-7
70
67
137
T6
Brandon Stone
-7
70
67
137
T6
Lee Westwood
-7
69
68
137
T12
Laurie Canter
-6
70
68
138
T12
Martin Kaymer
-6
68
70
138
T12
Alexander Levy
-6
70
68
138
T12
Guido Migliozzi
-6
71
67
138
T12
Shubhankar Sharma
-6
70
68
138
T12
Richard Sterne
-6
64
74
138
T12
Fabrizio Zanotti
-6
71
67
138
T19
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
-5
68
71
139
T19
Sergio Garcia
-5
66
73
139
T19
Takumi Kanaya
-5
70
69
139
T19
Matthias Schwab
-5
70
69
139
22
Thorbjørn Olesen
E
T23
Padraig Harrington
-4
71
69
140
T23
Tyrrell Hatton
-4
76
64
140
T23
Lucas Herbert
-4
74
66
140
T23
Justin Rose
-4
71
69
140
T27
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-3
70
71
141
T27
Scott Jamieson
-3
70
71
141
T27
Wade Ormsby
-3
68
73
141
T27
Adrian Otaegui
-3
67
74
141
T27
Antoine Rozner
-3
70
71
141
T27
Bernd Wiesberger
-3
73
68
141
T33
Alexander Björk
-2
71
71
142
T33
Steven Brown
-2
72
70
142
T33
Ross Fisher
-2
68
74
142
T33
Ryan Fox
-2
73
69
142
T33
Marcus Kinhult
-2
70
72
142
T33
Shane Lowry
-2
70
72
142
T33
Andy Sullivan
-2
70
72
142
T33
Matt Wallace
-2
71
71
142
T33
Justin Walters
-2
72
70
142
T33
Ashun Wu
-2
71
71
142
T43
Nino Bertasio
-1
75
68
143
T43
Nicolas Colsaerts
-1
70
73
143
T43
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-1
71
72
143
T43
Grant Forrest
-1
74
69
143
T43
Pablo Larrazabal
-1
70
73
143
T43
David Lipsky
-1
72
71
143
T43
Joost Luiten
-1
74
69
143
T43
Edoardo Molinari
-1
76
67
143
T43
Richie Ramsay
-1
71
72
143
T43
Jayden Schaper
-1
70
73
143
T43
Danny Willett
-1
74
69
143
T54
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
E
74
70
144
T54
Dean Burmester
E
72
72
144
T54
Rafa Cabrera Bello
E
73
71
144
T54
Ashley Chesters
E
72
72
144
T54
George Coetzee
E
72
72
144
T54
Sean Crocker
E
71
73
144
T54
Gavin Kyle Green
E
73
71
144
T54
Benjamin Hebert
E
72
72
144
T54
Rasmus Højgaard
E
72
72
144
T54
Miguel Angel Jiménez
E
74
70
144
T54
Collin Morikawa
E
71
73
144
T54
Renato Paratore
E
74
70
144
T54
Thomas Pieters
E
71
73
144
T54
Jason Scrivener
E
75
69
144
T54
Jordan Smith
E
71
73
144
T54
Sami Valimaki
E
71
73
144
T54
Jeff Winther
E
69
75
144
T54
Chris Wood
E
71
73
144
T72
John Catlin
1
74
71
145
T72
Victor Dubuisson
1
72
73
145
T72
Oliver Fisher
1
71
74
145
T72
Sebastian Heisele
1
71
74
145
T72
Scott Hend
1
69
76
145
T72
Andrew Johnston
1
73
72
145
T72
David Langley
1
72
73
145
T72
David Law
1
72
73
145
T72
Victor Perez
1
72
73
145
T72
Ian Poulter
1
76
69
145
T82
Kristoffer Broberg
2
72
74
146
T82
Lorenzo Gagli
2
74
72
146
T82
Robert Karlsson
2
72
74
146
T82
Masahiro Kawamura
2
71
75
146
T82
Søren Kjeldsen
2
72
74
146
T82
Chris Paisley
2
73
73
146
T82
Eduard Rousaud (a)
2
73
73
146
T89
David Drysdale
3
73
74
147
T89
Stephen Gallacher
3
74
73
147
T89
Julien Guerrier
3
72
75
147
T89
Joachim B. Hansen
3
72
75
147
T89
David Horsey
3
72
75
147
T89
Romain Langasque
3
68
79
147
T89
Zander Lombard
3
73
74
147
T89
James Morrison
3
75
72
147
T89
Eddie Pepperell
3
74
73
147
T89
Haydn Porteous
3
76
71
147
T89
Tapio Pulkkanen
3
72
75
147
T89
Paul Waring
3
75
72
147
T101
Gaganjeet Bhullar
4
77
71
148
T101
Matthieu Pavon
4
75
73
148
T101
Aaron Rai
4
72
76
148
T101
Sebastian Soderberg
4
74
74
148
T105
David Hague
5
75
74
149
T105
Graeme McDowell
5
76
73
149
T105
Richard McEvoy
5
78
71
149
T105
Wilco Nienaber
5
74
75
149
T105
Callum Shinkwin
5
75
74
149
T105
Matthew Southgate
5
74
75
149
T111
Thomas Bjørn
6
74
76
150
T111
Ernie Els
6
73
77
150
T111
Maximilian Kieffer
6
76
74
150
T111
Joakim Lagergren
6
70
80
150
T111
Min Woo Lee
6
75
75
150
T111
Haotong Li
6
72
78
150
T111
Julian Suri
6
72
78
150
T111
Connor Syme
6
72
78
150
T119
Jorge Campillo
7
77
74
151
T119
Alvaro Quiros
7
75
76
151
T119
Henrik Stenson
7
74
77
151
T122
Garrick Higgo
8
76
76
152
T122
David Howell
8
73
79
152
T122
Raphael Jacquelin
8
79
73
152
T122
Curtis Knipes (a)
8
79
73
152
T122
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
8
78
74
152
T122
Ross McGowan
8
76
76
152
128
Oliver Wilson
9
76
77
153
129
Shergo Al Kurdi
11
76
79
155
130
Karim El Hali
16
82
78
160
WD
Robert Rock
3
75
75
WD
Andrea Pavan
5
57
57
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