Schwartzel builds four-shot lead in Thailand

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Marcus Fraser shot 3-under-par for the second round  in a row and leads the Australian Open by one stroke.   ROB GRIFFITH/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Marcus Fraser shot 3-under-par for the second round in a row and leads the Australian Open by one stroke.

CHON BURI, Thailand — Charl Schwartzel increased his lead to four strokes at the Thailand Golf Championship with a second consecutive 7-under-par 65 on Friday.

Schwartzel is at 14-under 130 after the second round at Amata Spring Country Club, where play was delayed because of bad light. Daniel Chopra moved into second place (67), one stroke ahead of Masanori Kobayashi (67).

“I seem to play better on courses which are narrower,” said Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters Tournament champion. “I concentrate better and better and I’m just hitting pretty good off the tee and giving myself good chances.

“I’ve put two great rounds together. I hit the ball really nice and gave myself a lot of chances.”

Chopra took over second place with 67.

Ryo Ishikawa (66) moved up the leaderboard into fourth, two strokes ahead of 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson (70), Sergio Garcia (69) and Scott Hend (68).

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: In Sydney, Marcus Fraser shot a second consecutive 3-under-par 69 to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds.

Fraser had five birdies and two bogeys to move to 6-under 138 at The Lakes. Fellow Australians Brendan Jones (71) and John Senden (73) are tied for second.

DUBAI LADIES MASTERS: In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Shanshan Feng shot 5-under-par 67 to take a five-stroke lead into the final round.

Feng closed with three consecutive birdies for a tournament-record 198 total after three rounds at the Ladies European Tour’s season-ending event.

Dewi Claire Schreefel is in second place at 203 after a course-record 63 at Emirates Golf Club. She had nine birdies.

FRANKLIN TEMPLETON SHOOTOUT: In Naples, Fla., U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and Brandt Snedeker shot 10-under-par 62 in modified alternate-shot play to take the first-round lead.

Kenny Perry and Sean O’Hair are two strokes back on the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort’s Tiburon Golf Club.


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