Golf: Campbell one shot off lead in Doha

Kiwi golfer Michael Campbell was just one shot off the lead at the midway point of the Qatar Masters in Doha overnight after he fired a second round four-under 68 to be eight-under for the tournament.

The former US Open champion hit four birdies on the front nine before going even-par through the back nine and it continues a fine recent run of form after a number of lean years. The 43-year-old has shot even-card rounds or better in his last 10 rounds on the European Tour going back to the end of last year.

Ryder Cup players Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia were among four players tied for the lead on a crowded leaderboard. As many as 15 players are within three shots of the leaders, thanks to mainly calm conditions at Doha Golf Course.

Kaymer (67), Garcia (66) overnight leader Ricardo Santos of Portugal and Marcus Fraser of Australia were at 9-under-par totals of 135. They had a one-shot lead over five players while another five were a further shot back at 7 under.