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Grace among trio of Qatar Masters leaders

Bernd Wiesberger made a well-timed birdie on his final hole Thursday in the second round of the European Tour’s Qatar Masters to climb into a share of the lead with Branden Grace and George Coetzee. It was one of one of seven birdies the Austrian made Thursday on his way to a 6-under 66.

Wiesberger and Coetzee teed off in the morning, while Grace enjoyed calmer conditions in the afternoon, and was surprised at the end of the day that nobody achieved double figures under par. The leaders are at 9 under for 36 holes.

“I really thought somebody was going to push (10 under),” said Grace, who won his fifth European Tour title last month in South Africa.

“You saw the guys from this morning, there were 6 unders and 5 unders and 7 unders, and nobody really pushed toward the end of the day.”

Grace thought one of the reasons could be that the greens were not that much quicker than he thought.

“They (greens) are still very good. They didn’t spike up at all, so it’s a big surprise nobody really pushed on,” he said.

Behind the three-way tie for the lead are three more players tied for fourth at 8 under. Byeong-Hun An, the 2009 U.S. Amateur champion, is part of that group and so is Emiliano Grillo. Marc Warren posted the low round of the day, a 7-under 65, to get to 8 under, also.

Defending champion Sergio Garcia was three shots behind the leaders at 6 under after consecutive 69s.

–Information from the Associated Press used in this report

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