Sergio, at the top in Qatar


Sergio signed a 66 putting up a great show and giving a long game clinic. He putted for birdie on every hole Friday, but had some problems reading the grassy Doha Golf Club greens and could not get a lower result.

The Spaniard faces his first official appearance of the season feeling great about his chances, still recalling his regal performance in Malaysia two months ago when he conquered the Iskandar Johor Open, the Asian Tour's 2012 season-finale.

Still, a tight race is developing at the top of the leaderboard as 41 players are within five shots after 36 holes, so the title is up for grabs in Qatar.

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