England’s Steve Webster kept pace with Abu Dhabi Golf Championship leader Martin Kaymer after matching the German’s impressive start to this morning’s second round.
Overnight leader Kaymer, the current European Tour Rookie of the Year, moved onto nine-under-par overall after reaching the turn at a calm Abu Dhabi Golf Club in three-under to establish a two-stroke lead over Webster.
Kaymer, the 2006 Order of Merit winner on the third tier European Professional Development Tour (EDF), moved onto eight-under-par overall with two birdies in his opening three holes before dropping only his second shot of the Championship at the par-four sixth.
But the 23-year-old quickly responded and reeled off back-to-back birdies to maintain the pace.
Two-time Tour winner Webster was equally as impressive as 33-year-old produced a bogey-free five-under front nine to leap up the leaderboard to seven-under overall.
Webster, in his first event since an impressive seventh place finish at the HSBC Champions events in Shanghai at the start of November, also made a flying start to his round with a birdie at the par three first before making his move with a storming run of four birdies in four holes from the fifth.
Sweden’s Henrik Stenson remains in the clubhouse at five-under-par and will resume his challenge in the afternoon session.
Ian Poulter remained at three-under at the turn alongside Lee Westwood, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano and Robert Karlsson, who was one-over through 10 holes of his second round.