Meronk leads at Qatar Open; al-Kaabi, al-Kuwari make cut
February 15 2019 11:38 PM
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Poland’s Adrian Meronk in action during the second round of the Qatar Open golf at Doha Golf Club yesterday. PICTURES: Jayaram

By Sports Reporter/Doha

Poland’s Adrian Meronk is the sole leader after the second day’s play at the Qatar Open Golf Tournament at the Doha Golf Club yesterday.
Meronk, who finished tied third in the Open Casa Green Golf earlier in the month, replicated his first day’s four-under 68 to hit the top of the Pro leaderboard as top 50 players, including two Qataris — Jaham Jassim al-Kuwari and 2017 runner-up Saleh al-Kaabi, made the cut.
Another Pole Mateusz Gradecki, Open Prestigia champion, collected the lowest card of the second day at five-under to be just two shots shy off the leader.
Overnight leaders Swede Niclas Johansson and British Pavan Sagoo failed to consolidate their positions in windy conditions as both went one-over to lie in a joint third with four-under 140 aggregate.
Doha-based Dane Mikkel Mathiesen played a second round 71 to emerge the leader among amateurs and share the fifth spot with Dutch professional Mike Toorop, who followed his first day’s 71 with a two-under par card yesterday.
Mathiesen was tied in the fourth with Poland’s Jan Szmidt and Scotland’s Craig Lawrie after the first day. The other two, however, could not maintain the pace and slid down the leaderboard.
French player Victor Riu improved a lot on his first-round 73 and punched in a fine 69 to jump to seventh spot with 143. He is a shot up on Lionel Weber and Szmidt. 
Craig, son of Major winner and two-time Commercial Bank Qatar Masters winner Paul Lawrie, could not hold his game together in the wind and carded a two-over 74 to share the 10th spot with British Todd Clements, who had a 73 yesterday.
Ayoub Id Omar, who was the amateur class runner-up last year, is third in his category. He carded a two-over par 74 and was locked in the 12th spot with England’s Alfie Plant, who also carded a 74 to aggregate 145 for two days.
South African Donovan Liddicoat and Finland’s Peter Erofejeff had an aggregate of 146 each, which helped them round out the top 15.
Al-Kuwari and al-Kaabi were tied in a four-player group at 21st, carding a six-over total of 160. Other two with them are England’s Jean-Mitchell Hall and German Mike Elliott.
Out of 50 that would stay on the course for the third day today, 22 are professionals, which means only two of them failed to beat the cut. Jakub Hrinda, the Slovak who won the 2015 edition in Doha, is also among the cut survivors. He is 38th with a 13-over total of 157.



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