He is looking to become only the second Swede in 76 years to win the European title. He was five shots ahead of his Race to Dubai rivals. Countryman Robert Karlsson in 2008 won the European Order of Merit. Karlsson is playing in the PGA Tour’s OHL Classic in Mexico, where he is tied for the lead.
“They are chasing me as good as they can, and I know neither one of the guys are going to back down,” Stenson said. “So it is better I keep my foot down and my head down and try and keep the momentum going.”
Alejandro Canizares (67) was at 133. At 136 were Victor Dubuisson (66), last week’s Turkish Open champion, and Marcus Fraser (69).
Justin Rose, second in the Race to Dubai, and Ian Poulter, who is fourth, lost ground to Stenson. They were in a group at 137.
PGA TOUR: In Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, Robert Karlsson and Kevin Stadler topped the OHL Classic leaderboard at 12-under when second-round play was suspended because of darkness.
Karlsson played 36 holes Friday, shooting 8-under-par 63 in the rain-delayed first round and adding a 67 in the afternoon on Mayakoba Resort’s El Camaleon course.
Stadler had rounds of 67 and 63 in a 34-hole day.
North Augusta’s Scott Brown is the top area player. He shot 69 in the first round and is 5-under on his second round through 17 holes.
PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA: In Melbourne, Australia, defending champion Adam Scott grabbed a share of the second-round lead at the Australian Masters after 5-under-par 66 at Royal Melbourne.
Scott had a two-round total of 9-under 133, tied with Nathan Holman (65 on Friday).
They had a one-stroke lead over Matthew Griffin (65) and first-round leader Nick Cullen (69).
Leukemia survivor Jarrod Lyle shot 71 to make the 36-hole cut in his first tournament in 20 months. He is 1-over, 10 strokes behind Scott and Holman.
Lyle said his legs felt heavy but he would draw on his “fighting instinct” to finish the weekend.
LPGA TOUR: In Guadalajara, Mexico, Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu each birdied the final hole for a share of the second-round lead with Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Nordqvist and Ryu had 67s and Phatlum shot 69. They are at 9-under 135.