Ryder Cup teammates Peter Hanson and Rory McIlroy are duking it out for the top spot at the 2012 BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai.
McIlroy improved on his opening-round performance, nailing seven birdies on his way to shooting a 65 on the day, finishing the day 12-under par.
While the top-ranked golfer in the world finds himself trailing Hanson, the only member of the European contingent at the Ryder Cup who didn't get any points, by two strokes, he's pleased with his performance in Round 2:
Played well today, put myself in a good position for the wkend. Also got to meet some fans after my roundsay.ly/MmS4s3G— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) October 26, 2012
Hanson overcame a bogey on the first hole of the day to shoot 64 in the second round, taking the tournament lead at 14-under par.
Jamie Donaldson, who sat atop the leaderboard after Round 1 after shooting a course-record 62, struggled mightily in the second round of action, shooting a two-over-par 74 and falling into a fourth-place tie with Shane Lowry, who, like Hanson, shot a 64 in the second round of play.
|Place||Player||Round 2 Score||Total Score|
|1||Peter Hanson||64 (-8)||130 (-14)|
|2||Rory McIlroy||65 (-7)||132 (-12)|
|3||Robert Karlsson||64 (-8)||135 (-9)|
|T4||Jamie Donaldson||74 (+2)||136 (-8)|
|T4||Shane Lowry||64 (-8)||136 (-8)|
|T4||Alexander Noren||68 (-4)||136 (-8)|
|T4||Justin Rose||68 (-4)||136 (-8)|
|T8||Luke Donald||67 (-5)||137 (-7)|
|T8||Martin Kaymer||69 (-3)||137 (-7)|
Click here for the full leaderboard at the 2012 BMW Masters.
Hanson and McIlroy have put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field, but this is a deep, talented field of golfers.
Both Karlsson and Lowry matched Hanson's performance in the second round of play, and if they are able to keep pace, there's no reason they couldn't find themselves gaining another stroke on the leaders during the third round of play on Saturday.
And who knows? Maybe someone will ace a hole and take home a shiny, new BMW for his trouble.
Watch: Round 3 will be shown on the Golf Channel on Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. ET to 1 p.m. ET.
Notable Round 3 Pairings and Tee Times
|4:10||John Daly||Sang-hyhun Park||Hao-tong Li|
|6:00||David Horsey||Jose Maria Olazabal||Edoardo Molinari|
|6:20||Lee Westwood||Ian Poulter||Alvaro Quiros|
|7:10||Jamie Donaldson||Luke Donald||Nicolas Colsaerts|
|7:20||Justin Rose||Alexander Noren||Shane Lowry|
|7:30||Rory McIlroy||Peter Hanson||Robert Karlsson|
Click here for a full listing of Round 3 tee times and pairings.