Lee Westwood shot a second round 69 to lead the Dubai World Championship field and firmly in control of the season ending Race to Dubai.
Westwood finished 9 under par, two shots ahead of Race to Dubai rival and crowd favourite Rory McIlroy who also shot 69.
The 36-year-old Westwood, looking relaxed and comfortable again today, said he was enjoying his game.
“I am in as much control of my game as I've been for a while,” the Englishman said.
“I feel very calm and happy with myself, all parts of my game feel solid. It feels good. I enjoy times like this.”
Making the day complete, Westwood sunk a 20 foot putt on the 18th, a hole which has seen plenty said about it in the opening two days by the players.
“I think it's a good hole,” Westwood said. You've got to hit three good shots to get it close. That's a good hole to me. It's just a tough hole all around.”
“The tee shot is difficult. The stream is in play all the way. The lay-up is obviously difficult. I think that's probably where most people struggle … you go in with the left, you're going in with a lot more club. It's just a tough hole all around. And you know, come Sunday, it's still the same hole. Won't be any harder. Won't be any easier. Will just be the circumstances that will change, obviously, depending on what's happening.”
First-round leader Robert Allenby, who was one of six men seven-under par at the end of the day, added:
“The course is great. It's in great condition and it's a pleasure to be here and a pleasure to play.”
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