Shanghai - Justin Rose may need to overtake Lucas Bjerregaard again on Chinese
soil if he is to seize pole position in the Race to Dubai after the Dane
moved three shots clear at the BMW Masters on Friday.
who was pipped by Rose to the Hong Kong Open title last month, carded a
second successive 66 at Lake Malaren in Shanghai to move to 12-under
for the $7 million event.
Rose, currently fifth in the European
Tour standings, needs at least a second-place finish to go above Rory
McIlroy at the top of the Race to Dubai with one event left, the DP Tour
Championships next week.
But the English world number six endured
a difficult day in cold and windy conditions and stood still on five
under after a level-par 72, seven behind the leader with two rounds to
"Tough day and I didn't play well either," Rose told AFP after
his round. "It was a day you would like to have had your A-game, but I
really struggled which made the whole day feel like a bit of a grind."
is sitting out the BMW Masters, leaving last year's European number one
vulnerable at the top of the Race to Dubai standings.
Rose was surprised that, with the exception of Bjerregaard, nobody got away from him on a difficult day in Shanghai.
"I was encouraged when I got to the last hole and saw I was still in 12th spot. I felt I was like about 30th," said Rose.
leader Sergio Garcia started in great fashion and at one stage was
sharing the lead with Bjerregaard after three birdies on his front nine.
the Spanish world number 11 went bogey-double bogey on 12 and 13 to
drop back to eight-under par before clawing back a shot which left him
with 71 and a share of second place on nine-under 135 with Thongchai
Jaidee, who carded a 68.
players are tied for fourth place on eight-under - English duo Paul
Casey (69) and Ian Poulter, who shot a second successive 68, plus South
Korea's An Byeong-Hun (71).
"Sergio has dropped back a bit. It is
not easy out there," said Rose. "I just need to play a great weekend
and forget a little bit about today. One of the next two days I'm going
to have to go low."
Bjerregaard's six-under round matched the best
of the day along with his playing partner on Friday, Peter Uihlein of
the United States.
It has been a patchy season for the Dane, who lies 55th in the Race to Dubai.
"It was nice in Hong Kong to prove to myself and to everyone else that I can still compete up there," said Bjerregaard.
"Hopefully I can do that again this week and just come up one place better than last time."
England's Danny Willett lies second in the Race to Dubai and needs a sole 28th place finish or higher to overtake McIlroy.
After an indifferent 72 in the first round he went three shots better Friday and lifted himself into a tie for 28th.
Leading scores after the second round of the BMW Masters tournament at Lake Malaren Golf Club, Shanghai, on Thursday (par 72):
132 - Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN) 66-66
135 - Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 67-68, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 64-71
136 - Ian Poulter (ENG) 68-68, Paul Casey (ENG) 67-69, An Byeong-Hun (KOR) 65-71
137 - Peter Uihlein (USA) 71-66, Ross Fisher (ENG) 66-71
138 - Victor Dubuisson (FRA) 65-73, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 68-70, Martin Kaymer (GER) 69-69
- Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) 68-71, Soren Kjeldsen (DEN) 72-67, Justin
Rose (ENG) 67-72, Kristoffer Broberg (SWE) 69-70, James Morrison (ENG)
70-69, Chris Wood (ENG) 70-69, Julien Quesne (FRA) 70-69, Henrik Stenson
140 - David Howell (ENG) 69-71, Patrick Reed (USA)
71-69, Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 71-69, Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 72-68, Marcus
Fraser (AUS) 70-70, Gregory Bourdy (FRA) 70-70, Dou Zecheng (CHN)
68-72, Maximilian Kieffer (GER) 72-68
141 - Zhang Huilin (CHN)
71-70, Benjamin Hebert (FRA) 69-72, Danny Lee (NZL) 70-71, Danny Willett
(ENG) 72-69,, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 71-70,
Liang Wenchong (CHN) 70-71
142 - Branden Grace (RSA) 71-71
145 - Shane Lowry (IRE) 70-75, Li Haotong (CHN) 71-74