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Desert delight for Lydia Hall in Dubai Masters

Lydia Hall leads a pro event at the halfway stage for the first time
Lydia Hall leads a pro event at the halfway stage for the first time

Welsh golfer Lydia Hall leads a star-studded field at the halfway stage of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The 22-year-old from Bridgend fired seven birdies in a second-round 67 to lie seven under par, one ahead of Sweden's Anna Nordqvist.

England's Melissa Reid is one of three players on four under, with US star Christina Kim a shot further back.

Last year's runner-up Michelle Wie is one under, with Wales' Becky Morgan one over par after a second round 71.

Hall began the second day three shots behind England's Flory Parker after shooting an opening-round 70 at the Emirates Golf Club.

And having followed that up with a five-under-par 67 - which included five birdies on the front nine - Hall leads the chase for the top prize of 75,000 Euros (£62,851).

Having decided to spend the autumn practicing at Machynys Peninsula Golf and Country Club with her coach John Peters, Hall is reaping instant benefits.

Her previous best finish in her three-year professional career came in March 2010 when she tied for sixth place in Morocco's Lalla Meryem Cup.

"I didn't go to Asia, so I've been working really hard," said Hall, 72nd on the Ladies European Tour money list on just over 25,000 Euros (£21,000).

"Things have been going really well, so I've been looking forward to this event.

"I've given myself every opportunity to have a good weekend.

"I can only control my own game, so I'll just take it one shot at a time."

In the final tour event of the year, veteran Laura Davies looks likely to fall short in her quest to end the season as European number one.

The 47-year-old, who first topped the Money List 25 years ago, needs a top-two finish to stand a chance of overhauling Lee-Anne Pace at the head of the rankings.

But the English legend lies joint-48th at the halfway stage.

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