Jacobson surges ahead in Shanghai

Fredrik Jacobson reacts after a shot onto the ninth green during the second round of the WGC-HSBC...

Fredrik Jacobson reacts after a shot onto the ninth green during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. (REUTERS/Aly Song)

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SHANGHAI - Fredrik Jacobson is riding the momentum of last week's third-place finish in Malaysia.

Jacobson shot a flawless six-under 66 Friday to extend his bogey-free streak to 29 holes and take the 36-hole lead at the WGC - HSBC Champions.

The Swede notched his first PGA Tour win earlier this year at the Travelers Championship, his first victory since three championships on the European Tour in 2003. He currently stands at 11-under 133, one shot better than former British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott at Sheshan International Golf Club.

"I think I've just been striking the ball really well," Jacobson said. "I've been driving the ball really well over these first two days."

Last week, Jacobson had an excellent performance at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia, but fell well short of Bo Van Pelt, who also put himself in contention this week. It was Jacobson's first top-10 finish since his lone win this year, and now he's in line for another, if not better.

Oosthuizen tied a course record with a bogey-free nine-under 63, putting him at 10-under 134 and in a share of second with Scott (65). Scott is the leader on the non-European Tour member money list, amassing nearly two million euros in only seven tournaments.

First-round leader Keegan Bradley started with an eagle and a birdie in his first four holes, but didn't post another birdie until the last in a round of two-under 70. He sits alone in fourth place at nine-under, only two shots off the pace.

Van Pelt (69) is aiming for his second straight win and shares fifth with Paul Casey (66) at eight-under 137. Martin Kaymer (68), Aaron Baddeley (68), Thongchai Jaidee (69) and Lee Westwood (68) are tied for seventh at minus- seven.

Jacobson began quickly with an opening birdie at the 10th, and he posted three straight birdies from the 14th to make the jump to nine-under quickly.

He slowed around the turn, parring eight straight from the 17th through to the sixth. Jacobson closed as he started, though, with two birdies in his last three holes.

After a birdie at the seventh, Jacobson drained an 18-footer for his last shot of the round, a birdie putt at No. 9, to put himself two clear at the moment and ultimately one shot better than Oosthuizen and Scott.

"I feel I've been having pretty good distance off the tees, and if I can hit it straight, which I have so far, I'm going to get some good looks with my irons," Jacobson said.

Oosthuizen, meanwhile, had quite the round with five birdies on the front nine and four on the back, never dropping a shot with the lift, clean and place conditions. He is looking for his second win of the year.

Bradley looked to continue where he left off with a 40-foot eagle putt at No. 2 and a birdie at No. 4, but bogeys at the ninth and 17th dropped him back before finishing strong with a birdie at No. 18.

NOTES: There is no cut for this event...Defending champion Francesco Molinari is tied for 22nd at four-under 140 after his second straight 70...Rory McIlroy (69) is tied for 17th at minus-five with Charl Schwartzel (69), among others...Jacobson finished one shot shy of the 36-hole tournament record.


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