Record nine players share Qatar Masters second-round lead


It was a record-breaking day at the Qatar Masters as nine players shared the lead after round two on Friday.

Bradley Dredge shot a sublime bogey-free eight-under-par 64 on Thursday to take the overnight lead, but three bogeys negated as many birdies in his second round.

No fewer than eight players consequently caught the Welshman following round two, with South African duo Thomas Aiken and Jaco Van Zyl, Spaniards Jorge Campillo and Nacho Elvira, Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Englishman Andy Sullivan, Finn Mikko Korhonen and South Korea's Wang Jeung-hun all sitting on eight under.

Wang and Campillo were the biggest movers, the duo signing for rounds of 67 having been three under through the first 18 holes.

There was a nine-way tie for the lead after 18 holes in the 2007 Wales Open, but it marks the first time so many players have been level through 36 on the European Tour.

A further seven players are just one shot off the pace, while there are 10 - including Ernie Els and Alex Noren - on six under, meaning there is sure to be a frantic weekend in Doha.

Strong winds on day two made scoring difficult, but Englishman Chris Paisley recorded his first European Tour hole-in-one at the 17th, earning him a $150,000 bonus.

That was sandwiched by birdies at the 16th and 18th, and that run helped Paisley survive the cut.