A majestic 5-iron shot from the semi-rough, 196 yards straight into the 15th hole, was the turning point for Australian Adam Scott as he surged into the halfway lead in the Qatar Masters.
His eagle two at the tough par-4 – his first full shot 'hole-out' since 1997 – eventually earned him a 66 and a three-stroke lead over Jose Manuel Lara of Spain (69), Ander Hansen of Denmark (68) and Klas Eriksson (70), the overnight co-leader from Sweden.
Combined with a hot putter – he took only 23 strokes on the greens (not including a 20-foot birdie from the fringe at the short 17th) – Scott’s eagle was the highlight of a round he shared with Colin Montgomerie (68).
Reverting to a shorter-handled putter after yesterday’s 68 with the long-shaft, Monty shares fifth place on seven under par with fellow Scot Stephen Gallacher(68) and Frenchman Jean Francois Remesy.
Among a log-jam on six-under are Ian Woosnam, Nick Dougherty, Russell Claydon and defending champion Tony Johnstone.
Gary Player failed to make the cut on five over par.