DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Ryder Cup stars Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia were among four players tied for the lead at the Qatar Masters after the second round on Thursday.
The leaderboard was crowded, with 15 players within three shots of the leaders, thanks to mainly calm conditions at Doha Golf Course.
Kaymer had a 5-under 67 and Garcia (66), overnight leader Ricardo Santos (70) of Portugal and Marcus Fraser (67) of Australia were at 9-under 135. They had a one-shot lead on five players, including former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell (68).
Three shots behind after the first round, the former top-ranked Kaymer took the lead thanks to his short game. He holed a chip from the fringe on 13 and made several long putts including a birdie on the ninth. Kaymer had a bogey-free round that featured five birdies.
The understated German felt his round was merely "OK," and believed his score would not be enough to hold up over the last two rounds.
"I played a lot better than the last few rounds I played, especially in Abu Dhabi," Kaymer said. "But I was a little fortunate today, a few putts that dropped, but on those greens that happens sometimes, and I think 9 under is a good position to be in."
Garcia, coming off minor eye surgery last year, said the pristine conditions allowed him to hit a full range of shots including "draws, fades, high, low, things like that."