Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

PAARL, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 16: Richard Sterne of South Africa addresses a press conference during the pro-am of the South African Open Championship at Pearl Valley Golf Club on December 16, 2009 in Paarl, South Africa. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Overnight leader Richard Sterne sank a birdie on 18 to take a one-shot lead over Danish youngster Thorbjorn Olesen and two others at the halfway point of the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday. Meanwhile, Sergio Garcia pulled to within three of Sterne despite struggling with shoulder problems that required treatment midway through his round. Sterne, a South African who has struggled with his own injuries in recent years, finished the day with a 12-under total of 132. Olesen, Tommy Fleetwood and Stephen Gallacher were a shot back. Chris Doak (69) of Scotland, Andreas Harto (67) of Denmark and Maximilian Kieffer (68) of Germany were two shots off the pace in fifth. Three others, including Garcia (67) and Jeev Milkha Singh (67) were a further shot back in a four-way tie for eighth.
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