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Lorenzo-Vera in Doha contention

8th March 2019, 14:48 by James Mason

Mike Lorenzo-Vera shot 68 for the second straight day at the Qatar Masters to move into a three-way share of the lead on Friday.

World number 113 Lorenzo-Vera made five birdies and just one bogey to move onto -8 for the tournament, joining South African duo George Coetzee and Justin Harding at the top of the leaderboard.

The Frenchman, who is still chasing his maiden European Tour title since turning professional in 2005, has credited the work he has been doing with new coach Justin Parsons and a sports psychologist for his upturn in form.

"We've been working really hard on the swing to make it really consistent," Lorenzo-Vera told the European Tour website. "We've been working very hard mentally with my psychologist and now Justin told me that I really needed to be a bit more strong and precise in my physical preparation for the swings.

"I had a great chat as well last week with my psychologist, she's been kicking my ass because I don't believe in me and don't believe in the fact that that I can win so "I'm coming here and just thinking about the trophy. I'm trying my best."

Englishman Oliver Wilson, South African Erik van Rooyen, Japanese Masahiro Kawamura and Spaniard Adria Arnaus are in a four-way share of fourth on -7, just one shot off the leading trio at the halfway stage.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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