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Oosthuizen leads by three shots in Qatar

LOUIS Oosthuizen hit seven birdies in a seven-under 65 on Friday to lead by three shots after the second round of the Qatar Masters.

The South African moved past joint first-round leaders Andrew Coltart of Scotland, Swede Henrik Stenson and Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez to total 12-under 132 at the Doha Golf Course.

"I am definitely playing well at the moment. I am pleased with my game," Oosthuizen, 26, said. "The only 'dodgy' moment came when I thought I would bogey the fifth hole, but I got out of it. I had a tough chip on the fifth, tried to be cute, but luckily I didn't bogey that. After that, I played regulation golf, good putts."

Coltart (69) is second, with Spain's Alvaro Quiros (67) and Aussie Brett Rumford (69) another shot back.

Jimenez shot a 71 to be fifth at 137.

Coltart, the inaugural Qatar Masters champion in 1998, collected birdies on the seventh, 10th, 12th and 16th despite heavy rain hitting the course in the morning.

"Coming off the back of a 66 yesterday, I was quite proud of it," Coltart said. "I had a couple of scrappy moments, but obviously you can't play the same from one day to the next. I got the job done."

Like Oosthuizen, Quiros sunk seven birdies - including three straight to end the round - to offset bogeys on the second and 15th.

Sergio Garcia of Spain (70) is at 140, while defending champion Adam Scott of Australia (70) is at 143.

Paul Casey of England, who won the Abu Dhabi Championship earlier this month, missed the cut at level-par 144, along with Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland, Scotland's Colin Montgomerie of Scotland and Englishman Justin Rose.


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