Friday, August 26, 2016

Paul Lawrie matches Welshman's 66 in Round 2

Bradley Dredge leads by three in Denmark

Bradley Dredge will take a three-shot lead into the weekend at the Made in Denmark tournament after following his opening 63 with an impressive 66 in tougher conditions at Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort.
The Welshman has an excellent record in Farsø, finishing second in 2014 and sixth last season, and looked set to continue that trend as he got to 13 under and moved ahead of Joakim Lagergren.
The Swede - along with Thomas Pieters and Tom Lewis - had equalled the course record of 62 on day one but with far windier conditions in play, those sort of scores could not be matched on Friday.

Pieters and Lewis both remained well in contention, however, with the Belgian sitting at nine under along with South Africa's Richard Sterne, and Lewis alongside Spain's Adrian Otaegui a shot further back.
 Dredge has two European Tour wins to his name but his last came in 2006, although in his current form he could well end that ten-year wait on Sunday afternoon.
Birdies on the second, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth saw him move ahead and while he dropped a shot on the 13th, he made an excellent up and down on the next.
"You come to courses sometimes and it just seems to suit your eye and I'm comfortable on the greens so you can never explain it," he said. "Golf is always funny and I'm just glad that I'm here and performing.

"I'm delighted with my score. I'm in a good position for the weekend, you know we are halfway through. I've been in a good position a few years ago and got beaten by Marc Warren.

"I feel as though my game is in good shape and weather dependent we will see how it goes, but I know I'm going to have to play well on the weekend to fend off the other guys and hopefully I can do that."
Lagergren was one over par for his round as he stood on the 12th tee but an excellent 25-foot putt on that hole, a birdie on the 14th, and a 15-foot par save on the tough last helped him to a 70.
Pieters played his first two rounds with Darren Clarke and while he showed his scoring ability on Thursday, it was his scrambling and battling that would have impressed the European Ryder Cup Captain in round two.
Bogeys on the first and third saw him slip back but he made three birdies in a row from the sixth before he three-putted the ninth. He then bounced back from a disappointing three-putt par on the 14th with a fantastic chip to save par from a horrible lie on the 15th.
Another clever chip saved another par on the 16th - where Clarke got a rousing reception complete with European flags on Himmerland Hill - and he signed for a level par 71 following a brilliant bunker shot for a save on the last.
SCOTSWATCH: Paul Lawrie matched leader Dredge's second-round 66 in a bogey-free round in which he birdied the fourth, fifth, sixth, 15th and 16th in halves of 33. Paul is now T12 on 136 alongside fellow Aberdonian Richie Ramsay (67-69).
George Murray had a 67 for 137 and a T18 placing. Stephen Gallacher has had a pair of 70s for 140 and a T30 position.
Craig Lee is T41 on 141 (72-69) and David Drysdale had a second-round 73 for 142 and T50.
Scott Jamieson made the cut with nothing to spare on 143 after a second-round slide to a 78, 13 shots more than he required in the first round.
Jamieson had a triple bogey 7 at the fifth in an outward half of 41.
Scots who missed the cut were Marc Warren (71-145), Andrew McArthur (77-146) and Jamie McLeary (70-147).

Par 142 (2x71) Yardage: 6,851
129 B Dredge (Wales) 63 66
132 J Lagergren (Sweden) 62 70
133 R Sterne (S Africa) 66 67, T Pieters (Belgium) 62 71.

136 R Ramsay 67 69, P Lawrie 70 66 (T12)
137 G Murray 70 67 (T18)
140 S Gallacher 70 70 (T30)
141 C Lee 72 69 (T41)
142 D Drysdale 69 73 (T50)
143 S Jamieson 65 78 


143 and better qualified
145 M Warren 71 74
146 A McArthur 69 77
147 J McLeary 77 70





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