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Friday, 19 March 2010
Abu Dhabi Golf Championship - Round One  (Getty Images)
Abu Dhabi Golf Championship - Round One (Getty Images)

Richard Green and Graeme Storm have a one stroke lead at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship after reaching the halfway stage in 11 under par.

Australian Green hit a 65 while playing partner Storm carded a second round 64 as the pair moved clear of Paul Casey and Anthony Wall, both of whom are ten under.

Former Dubai winner Green outshone Storm with a front nine 30, but the Hartlepool golfer then eagled the long tenth and came home in 31.

Play once again finished before all of the players had finished their round, although only a handful of players have holes remaining in the morning.

Storm admitted that he and Green had benefited from each others’ performance.

“We always seem to play well together and the last time we played together, he won the Australian Open,” he said.

“It's always great to play golf here. It's a great golf course. Apart from the weather we had yesterday for an hour or so, it's always decent weather. Obviously the greens are putting the best I've ever seen them, which is helping me a little bit. I'm reading the green a little bit better than I did last year, but I'm driving the ball pretty straight, too.”

Green added: “I'm very happy with the way I played, especially the front nine, I had it on a roll there and I didn't think I could do a thing wrong. I'm hitting a lot of good drivers and putting very well on these greens, and I think that's what you need to do around here.”

Casey had two hat-tricks of birdies and would have gone into the weekend with a share of top spot if he had not driven into water - as did his playing partner Sergio Garcia - for a closing bogey.

The 31 year old wed American Jocelyn Hefner - a cousin of Playboy founder Hugh - last month, but played in California the following week and has been working hard on his game since. Their honeymoon is planned for later this year.

Afterwards he said: “Very happy with that.  Actually hit it really poorly off the tee, and the thing that has not been going right for probably past year or so is the putting, and that seemed to click.  So kind of funny the way it works out, but I'm very, very happy with a 65 and comfortable with where I am.

“We finally got married, that's good. If the golf continues like this, it will be great. But she's out with me this week, and next week, as well. The golf will continue to be great as long as the marriage is.”

Wall had an eagle, four birdies and a bogey in his second straight round of 67.

“Good day -  11 holes yesterday and all those today, so first week out, straight back into the grind,” said the Londoner.

“I played really good. Had two lovely partners to play with in Anders Hansen and Pablo Larrazábal, so that's good. Sun was shining. What more could you ask?”

Overnight joint-leader Johan Edfors, 19 year old Rory McIlroy and Australia’s Brett Rumford are all on nine under, as is Edfors’ fellow Swede Mikael Lundberg who has two holes remaining.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1CASEY, PaulENG18-21
T2OOSTHUIZEN, LouisRSA18-20
T2KAYMER, MartinGER18-20
4WALL, AnthonyENG18-18
T5MCILROY, RoryNIR18-17
T5HARRINGTON, PadraigIRL18-17
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