David Law singed off with a solid 68 to seize control in Tuesday’s second round at the MENA Golf Tour’s Ras Al Khaimah Classic at Tower Links Golf Club.
Two off the pace overnight, the 22-year-old Scot ran off six birdies before dropping a couple of shots on the final five holes to reach nine-under 135, a good two shots ahead of South Africa’s Tyler Hogarty and Sweden’s Andreas Finn.
England’s Craig Hinton was placed solo third on a five-under 139 after a second round 70 as tournament favourite Zane Scotland carded back-to-back 70s to move into a tie for fifth a further shot back.
Morocco’s Mustapha El Maouas made his presence felt with a solid 70 to move atop the amateur division on one-under 143, three shots clear of his nearest challengers.
It was Law who was a model of consistency. “Overall, I played pretty well. In fact, I went six-under after 12 holes, but dropped a shot each on the 14th and 18th which was a bit disappointing,” said Law.
“I am looking forward to the final round tomorrow. If I can keep the momentum going, I think I stand a good chance of winning the title,” who finished runner-up to Scotland in last week’s Shaikh Maktoum Dubai Open.
“I feeling good about my game and, hopefully, I will be able to get the job done this time around,” said Law, who turned professional in 2011.
“I have been in this situation quite a few time and know what to expect,” said the talented youngster from Aberdeen.
England’s Yasin Ali made the biggest move of the day, as a 5-under-par 67 put him on the front page the leaderboard on a two-under 142.
“I kept the ball in play and played par 5s much better than I did yesterday,” said the Asian Tour veteran who eagled the fifth, slamming his 8-iron approach from 180 yards to within two feet of the pin.
“In fact, I have been quite well this season often going two or three under in a round, but invariably ended up with one of two horrendous holes and that kind of undermined all the good work.
“Today I managed to keep big numbers off the card, which was the key to a 67,” he added.
Elsewhere, Faycal Serghini moved to level par after a second 70 while Welsh ace Stephen Dodd stayed in contention for a good finish, following up his first round 72 with a 71.
UAE’s Ahmed Al Musharrekh, who shot a brilliant 71 on Monday, faded out of contention after a second round 83.
Leading scores after second round (par-72):
135 – David Law (Scotland) 67 68
137 – Tyler Hogarty (South Africa) 65 72, Andreas Finn (Sweden) 67 70
139 – Craig Hinton (England) 69 70
140 – Sebastian Heisele (Sweden) 69 71, MG Keyser (South Africa) 68 72, Zane Scotland (England) 70 70,
141 – Jonathan Fransson (Sweden) 72 69, James Westwood (England) 72 69, Shafiq Masih (Pakistan) 72 69, Ian Keenan (England) 68 73
142 – Yasin Ali (England) 75 67, Sergio Gutierrez Sánchez (Spain) 69 73, Chris Hanson (England) 71 71
143 – Mustapha El Maouas (Morocco),
146 – James Yeomans (England) 71 75, Jean-Michel Hall (England) 72 74, James Allan (England)
147 – Peter Stojanovski (Switzerland)