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Stenson, Poulter grab share of lead; Tiger 1 back in Turkey
Antalya, Turkey (SportsNetwork.com) - Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter shot 68 and 66, respectively, on Friday to grab a share of the lead at the halfway point of the Turkish Airlines Open.
Victor Dubuisson (65) and Justin Walters (66) joined Stenson and Poulter in first place through 36 holes at 12-under-par 132, while Tiger Woods moved within one shot of the lead at 11-under courtesy of a second-round 63.
Richard Sterne carded a 65 at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal to jump into solo sixth at 10-under, while Jamie Donaldson (67) and Alejandro Canizares (68) grabbed a share of seventh at minus-9.
U.S. Open champion Justin Rose (66) and Lee Westwood (66) are tied for ninth place with six others at 8-under-par 136.
Woods, playing his first stroke-play event since the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour in September, carded the low round of the day. The world No. 1 went bogey-free, notching five birdies during an outward 30, then adding gains at Nos. 10, 15, 17 and 18 to vault into contention.
The first round was completed Friday morning after lightning and flooding interrupted play on Day 1. Stenson found himself tied for the lead at the conclusion of the opening round and the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup champion held onto a share of the top spot with a bogey-free loop, which included four birdies.
Stenson is looking to become only the third player to top the money lists on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour, but Poulter is within striking distance with just the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai remaining after this event.
"I'm trying my hardest," Stenson said. "I know (Poulter) is not going to back down. He's not that kind of guy."
Poulter, who ranks fourth in the Race to Dubai standings, also went bogey-free on Friday, carding six birdies, including a chip-in at the par-3 14th and a lengthy, right-to-left drained putt at the 16th.
"I'm very excited," said Poulter. "It's nice to play some great golf. Back end of the year, I've kind of always played well, and you know, it's going to be a fun end to the season."
Dubuisson held the lead for much of the second round after opening with four straight birdies from the 10th. He added gains at Nos. 16, 18, 4 and 6, with his only dropped shot coming at the par-4 17th.
Walters, who finished solo second at the Portugal Masters in October, mixed nine birdies and three bogeys during an up-and-down, yet fruitful round.
NOTES: This is the first time the European Tour has played in Turkey ... Stenson currently leads Graeme McDowell by 145,865 euros in the Race to Dubai. McDowell is not in the field this week. Rose is in third place in the Race to Dubai standings -- 325,100 euros back. Poulter is 542,524 euros behind Stenson ... The top 60 players on the Race to Dubai at the end of this event qualify for the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai next week.
11/08 11:21:34 ET