Henrik Stenson's flawless 64 saw him overhaul Alejandro Cañizares at the top of the leaderboard to take a huge stride towards becoming the first man ever to win the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai in the same season.
Four birdies on his front nine followed by another four on the back left him at minus 12 for the first 36 holes, one shot ahead of Cañizares (67). His bogey-free round at the Earth Course suggests he isn't feeling the affects of a wrist injury that hampered his preparation in the lead up to the tournament.
Already leading the European Tour's money list by €213,000 before the season-ending event kicked off yesterday, the Swede knows a win in Asia guarantee's him number one spot on the Tour - as well as the £1.3million bonus to go with it.
He said: "I've got my game plan cemented around this golf course and it's worked pretty well over the first two days.
"It could have been a bit better but there's no point being greedy. I am delighted with the first two days' work.
"I keep track of what's happening with the other players, I'm too curious not to, and saw Ian and Justin were on seven under so they're chasing me as hard as they can."
His closest competitors for the Race to Dubai, Rose (67) and Graeme McDowell (68), are both still in the hunt after their under-par rounds left them five and eight shots off the pace respectively.
Ian Poulter's round of 68 meant he was tied with his compatriot Rose on minus seven. Last week's winner Victor Dubuisson - an unheralded Frenchman who lies outside of the top 100 in the Official World Golf rankings - continued his fine form with a 66 to lie four shots adrift of Stenson in joint-third.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy gave himself an outside chance of securing his first win this season with a five-under 67 that saw him tied-ninth heading into the final weekend on Europe's circuit.
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