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Friday, 23 November 2012
Branden Grace  (Getty Images)
Branden Grace (Getty Images)
Branden Grace shot a brilliant second round 65 to claim the clubhouse lead during the second round of the DP World Tour Championship.

The South African, seeking an incredible fifth win on The European Tour this season, had eight birdies and a single dropped shot around Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course.

At ten under par he led by one from five players, all of whom were still on the course.

Final pair Luke Donald and Marc Warren were on nine under with six holes remaining, while World Number One Rory McIlroy was through 13.

Last week’s SA Open Champion Henrik Stenson continued his good form to be five under for the day with one hole left, while Masters Tournament runner-up Louis Oosthuizen was four under for the day with four to play.

“I think today and tomorrow is definitely moving day out there,” said 24 year old Grace. “Yesterday you just wanted to get off to a pretty decent start and then take advantage over the next couple of days.

“Everything went my way from the first hole. I managed to make four birdies my first five holes, which was good, or the first six holes. 

“I kept on hitting good shot after good shot and managed to roll a couple of putts in, so it was a good day in the office.”

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1MCILROY, RoryNIR18-23
2ROSE, JustinENG18-21
T3SCHWARTZEL, CharlRSA18-18
T3DONALD, LukeENG18-18
5OOSTHUIZEN, LouisRSA18-17
6GRACE, BrandenRSA18-16
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