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Cabrera-Bello takes 2-shot lead at Qatar Masters

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 23, 2014 at 9:38 am •  Published: January 23, 2014

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Rafa Cabrera-Bello birdied four of his last five holes for a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the second round of the Qatar Masters.

The Spaniard had three straight birdies from the 14th and then rolled in another at 18 for a 13-under total of 131. The late charge meant he overtook first-round leader George Coetzee of South Africa, who carded a 69 earlier in the day at the Doha Golf Club course.

Cabrera-Bello has a history of playing well in the desert, having finished second in Doha three years ago and coming fourth in Abu Dhabi last week.

"I got on a very hot streak on my back nine with the putter, so that was very good," the Spaniard said. "Playing here in the Middle East definitely feels like back home in Gran Canaria as the golf courses have plenty of waste sand around and also plenty of rocks like here in Qatar. There is always a bit of a breeze, like the sea breeze we get back home, and then there are palm trees, and I like having sun shining on the golf course."

Three players - Sweden's Johan Carlsson (65) and the English duo of Matthew Baldwin (66) and Steve Webster (69) - were tied for third on 10 under.

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