Singh DiMarco in the Hunt after 36


2006 Abu Dhabi Golf ChampionshipABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Charl Schwartzel fired a 6-under 66 Friday to move to the top of the leaderboard after two rounds of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. Schwartzel completed 36 holes at 9-under-par 135.

Soren Hansen also posted a 66 to climb into second place at minus-8. He was joined there by Ricardo Gonzalez, who carded his second straight round of 4-under 68. Thongchai Jaidee stands alone in fourth place at 7-under-par 137.

World No. 2 Vijay Singh leads a group of players at minus-6. Included in that group is a pair of Ryder Cup performers -- Chris DiMarco and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Schwartzel came flying out of the gate with a birdie on the first. He then drained a birdie on the third and made it two straight as he birdied the fourth to move to minus-6.

The South African tripped to his first bogey of the tournament at the fifth. Schwartzel parred his next four holes to turn at minus-5. He jumped to
7 under and within one shot of the lead with an eagle at the par-5 10th.

Schwartzel, who won earned his first tour win at the 2005 dunhill
championship, moved into a tie for the lead as he birdied the par-4 13th
for the second straight round. After parring his next four holes, the 21-year-
old moved into the lead as he birdied the par-5 closing hole at Abu Dhabi
Golf Club.
Hansen started on the back nine with five consecutive pars. The Dane then
birdied the par-3 15th for the second straight round. After back-to-back
pars, he birdied the 18th to make the turn at minus-4.

The 31-year-old poured in two straight birdies from the second, but stumbled
to a bogey on the fourth. Hansen came right back with a birdie on No. 5 to get
back to minus-6. He finished his round with birdies on seven and eight to
move into second place.
Gonzalez got his round going with a birdie on the second. He then ran off
three consecutive birdies from the eighth to jump to minus-8.

The Argentine moved into the lead at 9 under with a birdie at the par-3 15th, a hole he bogeyed the previous round. Gonzalez, however, closed with a bogey at 18 to finish one back of Schwartzel.
Joining Singh, DiMarco and Jimenez in fifth place at 6-under-par 138 were
Jose-Filipe Lima, David Lynn, Henrik Stenson and Gregory Havret.
Sergio Garcia, Damien McGrane and Ignacio Garrido each posted rounds of 3-under 69 to move to minus-5. They were tied there by Steve Webster and David Park, who each shot 66 in round two.
First-round leader Keith Horne struggled to a 2-over 74. He stands in a tie for 17th at 4-under-par 140.
The cut fell at even-par 144 with 70 players moving on to the weekend. Among
those missing the cut were 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie (145), 1995
British Open champ John Daly (147) and 2004 European Ryder Cupper David Howell (148).
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