Day Two in the Desert: Kaymer in Control
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Cluhouse, airport terminal or super villain's lair?

One of the leaders may have bitten the dust in spectacular fashion, but the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship rumbles on. Overnight leader Charl Schwartzel, who’s having an altogether more muted day on the links, has been leap-frogged by two-time champion (and best player in the world) Martin Kaymer.

Kaymer has built rather spectacularly on yesterday’s five-under round of 67 and is currently twelve-under for the tournament, enough for a three-shot buffer over the rest of the field. The chasing pack is not without some serious pedigree, though: giant-killing Nordie Graeme McDowell is sitting on eight-under, having carded a round of 70 to go with an opening 66, and Rory McIlroy has crept quietly into the top ten.

Big Phil’s challenge, however, has faltered. Never comfortable in countries without a Five Guys franchise, he’s failed to build any real momentum and lies in a distant tie for twenty-sixth, nine shots adrift of Kaymer.