England’s Tyrrell Hatton placed on a present within the second spherical of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, going 12-under general after 13 holes to take a five-shot lead earlier than fading mild stopped play on Friday.
Hatton, who was one shot behind in a single day chief Rory McIlroy, carded an eagle on the par 5 second and had 4 birdies in a row from the seventh after a bogey on the third.
The world No. 9 recorded two eagles within the first spherical and have become the primary participant since McIlroy to card three on the occasion because the Irishman achieved the feat in 2011.
“I am clearly in a terrific place in the intervening time. It was actually powerful on the market, so I am actually pleased to be 5 underneath,” Hatton mentioned.
“I held some good putts and there have been a few par putts in direction of the tip of my spherical. [It was] good to carry them and maintain a little bit of momentum going.”
4 different gamers had been tied for second, together with McIlroy and Frenchman Romain Langasque — who’re each but to complete their rounds — in addition to early clubhouse leaders Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond and Australian Jason Scrivener.
McIlroy, who carded an error-free 64 on Thursday, misplaced his lead having recorded three bogeys and a double-bogey on the fifth after 13 holes.
Hatton must play 23 holes on Saturday however the Englishman was unperturbed by the prospect.
“It is going to be positive,” he added. “I am going to simply try to keep unfastened and see how we go.”