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Corfield and Dodd lead Qatar Classic

Doha: England’s Lee Corfield carded a three-under par 69 to go to the top of the leaderboard alongside Welsh ace Stephen Dodd on five-under 139 after the second and penultimate round of the Mena Golf Tour’s Qatar Classic at Doha Golf Club on Tuesday.

One shot off the pace overnight, Corfield reeled off four birdies and a bogey in a round he described as ‘solid’ to seize joint control of the $50,000 (Dh183,684) tournament along with the experienced Dodd, who fired a tidy 68 with five birdies and a bogey.

England’s Zane Scotland, a four-time winner on the tour this season, matched Dodd’s effort to occupy solo third a shot further back on a four-under 140, one ahead of England’s Daniel Owen, who followed his first round 70 with a 71.

Scotland’s Fraser McKenna produced the best round of the day, a 66, studded with six birdies on the back nine, to move into a tie for fifth on two-under 142 along with overnight leader Tyler Hogarty of South Africa, who settled for a second round 73.

With just four strokes separating the top nine, the final day’s proceedings promise to unfold into an exciting finish to the eighth event on the Mena Tour this season.

England’s Corfield was pleased with his day’s efforts. “I played just solid golf. I hit a lot of fairways, which kind of made the job of executing approach shots a lot easier,” said the Englishman, who will be celebrating his 31st birthday on Wednesday.

“It’s a nice position to be in, going into the final round. Both Stephen [Dodd] and Zane [Scotland] have won quite a few times on the tour and obviously they are playing really well. It will be great if I can win,” said Corfield, a member of the Jamega Pro Golf Tour.

Dodd, winner of last week’s Abu Dhabi Golf Citizen Open, said he played nicely. “Overall it was a pretty good round. Let’s see what tomorrow brings,” said the Welshman, a three-time winner on the European Tour.

Slovakia’s Jakub Harinda reached two-over 146 after playing level par in the second round to share the lead with England’s James Allan in the amateur division, one shot ahead of Morocco’s Karim Al Hali.

Elsewhere, Morocco’s Faycal Serghini made a good recovery, adding a 71 to his opening 77 while Asian Tour veteran Yasin Ali made a second 74 to move to tied 15th on two-over 146.

The cut was made at seven-over par 151 with 49 professionals and 10 amateurs making to it to the final round.

Leaderboard

Leading scores after the second round (Par-72)

Professionals:

139 – Stephen Dodd (Wales) 71 68, Lee Corfield (England) 70 69

140 – Zane Scotland (England) 72 68

141 – Daniel Owen (England) 70 71

142 – Tyler Hogarty (South Africa) 69 73, Fraser McKenna (Scotland) 76 66

143 – Tom Buchanan (Scotland) 72 71, Daniel Wardrop (England) 70 73, MG Keyser (South Africa) 73 70

144 – Lincoln T. Birch (Germany) 73 71, Tom Boys (England) 71 73

Amateurs:

146 – Jakub Hrinda (Slovakia) 74 72, James Allan (England) 71 75

147 – Karim El Hali (Morocco) 73 74

150 – Ahmed Marjan (Morocco) 74 76