By Sam Bridge
Mike Lorenzo-Vera retains the lead going into the weekend at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai
Tommy Fleetwood edged ahead in the battle to be crowned Europe's number one golfer on Friday as Mike Lorenzo-Vera retained the lead going into the weekend at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Lorenzo-Vera moved to 12 under after carding a 69 on day two at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Fleetwood, one of five players who could win the Race to Dubai on Sunday, fired a 68 moved him into a share of second and pole position to take the season long spoils.
Jon Rahm, who could also win the Harry Vardon Trophy, moved alongside Fleetwood at nine under after a 69, two shots clear of England's Tom Lewis.
World number two Rory McIlroy disappointed with a 74 on Friday, 10 shots worse that his day one score, and was at six under alongside South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Belgian Thomas Pieters, a shot clear of Swede Marcus Kinhult and England's Justin Rose.
Lorenzo-Vera's 12 under total matches the lowest ever 36 hole score at this event as he searches for his maiden European Tour victory.
"Tactically I know what I have to do and I know that the winds are going to be different this weekend," he said. "I'm not going to push more than what I'm doing now. I'm trying to trust my putter 100 per cent and that's what I can do," he said in comments published on the official European Tour website.
"I've got a three shot lead and it's better than three shots behind. It's just going to be stressful because it's big dogs behind me that are going to try to bite me, so it's going to be interesting."
Fleetwood, who is looking to win a second Race to Dubai title in three years after his 2017 triumph, added: "It's just a classic case of trying to stay in the moment and take each shot as it comes... There's a lot going on over the weekend, there's a lot of different scenarios and players in the mix.
"There's a lot of things going on around you so the more internally focused you can be and the more you can just stay in your bubble, it will just be a great challenge going into the weekend trying to do that."For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.