Manuel Elvira and Rasmus Højgaard share the lead on the midway stage of the DP World Tour’s Ras Al Khaimah Championship after a low-scoring day at Al Hamra Golf Membership.
Elvira began the second spherical six strokes off the tempo however carded eight birdies and an eagle to signal for a course record-equalling ten beneath par 62, setting the clubhouse goal of 14 beneath par after 36 holes.
The Spaniard, who graduated from the Problem Tour after ending third on final 12 months’s rankings, is seeking to observe in older brother Nacho’s footsteps in changing into a DP World Tour winner.
Højgaard, who’s aiming to emulate his twin brother Nicolai’s Ras Al Khaimah Championship victory in 2022, carded an eight beneath par 64 to maneuver right into a share of the lead in a bid for a fifth DP World Tour victory. One stroke additional again are Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen, who additionally equalled the course document with a ten beneath 62, and 18-hole chief Callum Shinkwin on 13 beneath par. The Londoner added a 69 to his first spherical 62, to take a seat one behind the leaders.
South Africa’s Zander Lombard is one stroke additional again on 12 beneath after he carded a second successive spherical of 66 to maneuver into fifth place.
Elvira stated: “I received off to the dream begin. I used to be six beneath by way of 5, birdied the primary three after which eagled the fourth and birdied the fifth. After that it was only a case of hold going. I stored giving myself probabilities and received a 62 on the finish so very pleased with it. Clearly enjoying Problem Tour final 12 months was a fantastic expertise and preparation for the principle Tour. It’s actually aggressive each week. I used to be fortunate to be in rivalry lots final 12 months so I really feel like am ready to carry out right here, so we’ll see what occurs over the weekend.”