Stephen Hindley
November 21, 2014

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Henrik Stenson birdied two of his closing three holes to seize a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and two others in the second round of the World Tour Championship on Friday.

Stenson's 6-under-par 66 put him at 10 under overall in his bid to defend a title for the first time.

McIlroy (70), Scotland's Richie Ramsay (69) and England's Danny Willett (67) were tied for second on 8 under at Jumeirah Estates.

Stenson birdied his opening two holes, dropping a shot at the fourth, birdied the fifth, and picked up more birdies at 10, 13, 16 and the last.

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