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Solid Kaymer happy with his round

January 16, 2015 15:56:59 UK

Martin Kaymer remains on course to win his fourth Abu Dhabi Golf Championship after reaching the halfway point of the tournament with a one-stroke lead.

The German shot a solid second round of 67 which built on his brilliant 65 on the opening day.

Kaymer carded five birdies on Friday as he moved on to 13-under par, one shot clear of the 22-year-old Thomas Pieters. The Belgian, who turned professional in 2013, had six birdies and one bogey in his second round.

Kaymer said: “I didn’t miss many fairways, which gives you the opportunity to go for a lot of flags.

I didn’t miss many fairways, which gives you the opportunity to go for a lot of flags.

Martin Kaymer

“To be honest I really believe the golf course plays two or three shots tougher in the morning than in the afternoon because, once you miss the fairway, you’re in that thick, wet grass and then it’s almost impossible to get home in two on the par fours.

“So, therefore, I was very happy to shoot five-under today.”

Meanwhile, world number one Rory McIlroy is just two shots behind Kaymer. Last year’s Open champion had a hole-in-one at the par-three 15th and the Northern Irishman is now 2.30 to win the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship outright. Kaymer can be backed at 2.30 and Pieters at 15.00.

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