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Stenson tightens grip on European Tour money title

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Henrik Stenson moved a step closer to capturing the European Tour money title, shooting 8-under 64 Friday for a one-stroke lead after two rounds at the season-ending World Tour Championship.

Stenson, who won the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup this year, had eight birdies in a bogey-free round to move to 12-under 132. First-round leader Alejandro Canizares (67) was at 133.

Justin Rose (67), second on the money list, and Ian Poulter (68), fourth, lost ground to Stenson. They were in a group at 7 under. Graeme McDowell, third on the money list, had 68 and was 4 under.

"They are chasing me as good as they can," Stenson said, "and I know neither one of the guys are going to back down. So it is better I keep my foot down and my head down and try and keep the momentum going."

Defending champion Rory McIlroy shot 5-under 67 that included a 14th-hole eagle. He was 6 under.

"It's nice to know going into the weekend you still have a chance to win the golf tournament, and that's the stage I've been trying to get to for the last few months," McIlroy said.

PGA: Robert Karlsson and Kevin Stadler topped the OHL Classic leaderboard when second-round play was suspended because of darkness at Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Both had finished their rounds and were at 12-under 130. Karlsson played 36 holes — the first round was suspended because of darkness after weather delays, with only 15 players finishing — and he shot 8-under 63 in the first round and 67 in the second. Stadler, who played 34 holes, shot 67 and 63. Three shots back were Rory Sabbatini and Chris Stroud, neither of whom finished the second round. Sabbatini had one hole left; Stroud had three.

LPGA: Anna Nordqvist and So Yeon Ryu closed with birdies for a share of the second-round lead with Pornanong Phatlum in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Guadalajara, Mexico. Nordqvist and Ryu shot 5-under 67 to match first-round leader Phatlum (69) at 9-under 135. A stroke back were Inbee Park (68), Lexi Thompson (64) and Gerina Piller (65). Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (67) was 1 under.

Australian Masters: Defending champion Adam Scott, this year's Masters winner at Augusta, shot 5-under 66 and shared the second-round lead with Nathan Holman (65) at 9-under 133 in Melbourne. They had a one-stroke lead over Matthew Griffin (65) and first-round leader Nick Cullen (69). Jarrod Lyle, playing his first tournament since a second bout with leukemia in early 2012, made the cut (3-over 145) after shooting 71 to sit 1 over.

Stenson tightens grip on European Tour money title 11/15/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 15, 2013 10:22pm]
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