Kulacz takes Abu Dhabi lead with 63

Rick Kulacz on the par four ninth hole during Round 2 of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Rick Kulacz shot a 9-under 63 Friday for a one-shot lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship after two rounds.

Sergio Garcia shot 67 and was tied for second with Shane Lowry (65) and Peter Hanson (67) at 11 under.

Kulacz had 11 birdies and two bogeys and fell one shot short of equaling the Abu Dhabi Golf Club course record set by Henrik Stenson four years ago. Kulacz played late on the second day after a strong breeze subsided off the Arabian Gulf.

Garcia had six birdies and one bogey despite a sore right hand.

Francesco Molinari had a hole-in-one at the 174-yard fourth hole with a 7-iron.

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