Friday, July 08, 2016

Richie Ramsay leading Scot in tied 10th place

Swede Noren is King of the Castle at halfway

Sweden’s Alex Noren came home in just 31 strokes at Castle Stuart Golf Links today to snatch the halfway lead at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
The four-time European Tour winner was four shots adrift of clubhouse leader Danny Lee when he carded a solitary  birdie at the 12th in an outward 35.

But gains at the second, third, sixth, seventh and eighth gave Noren a joint-best of the day 66 and eight under par halfway total at the Moray Firth coastline venue between Nairn and Inverness.

Lee, seeking a second European Tour title, having won the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic as an 18-year-old amateur, also carded a flawless second round of 66 to share second place with England’s Eddie Pepperell – who eagled the 12th en route to a 67 – on seven under.

Italy’s Matteo Manassero, who broke Lee’s record as the youngest European Tour winner in 2010, South African Branden Grace, England’s Richard Bland and Spain’s Jorge Campillo all reached six under to share fourth on a day of ow scoring.
 In stark contrast, only two players had broken 70 on Thursday, but Noren – who finished third here in 2012 – believes he will need to go low at the weekend to win.
“I like this place,” he said. “It's a really fun course to play. A few very tricky holes and then a few holes where you can go for the green in two on the par fives and you can reach I think two greens today on the par four in one, which is very fun for us. Some weeks, we play courses where it's tough all the way around, and here, it's kind of a really nice mix, so I like it.

“Anything can happen on the weekend, but I'm looking forward to it. - Alex Noren
“It wasn't easy but I managed to hit some good shots. It got better and better – I played steady on the front nine, and then my last nine holes, I really got it going.
“It's always nice when you get it going and then another birdie maybe drops, and that's what happened today.”
Lee’s round meant good news for the people affected by the devastating floods which forced the US PGA Tour to cancel this week's Greenbrier Classic.
Denied the chance to defend his title, Lee decided to play in Scotland but donate money for every birdie (500 US dollars) and eagle (1,000 US dollars) he makes to the flood-relief efforts in West Virginia.
“I made a lot of birdies which is good,” he said. “It’s really unfortunate what happened to the West Virginia area. I’m donating a little bit of money so I’m happy I had a lot of birdies and hopefully I can put some eagles in there too

par 144 (2x72)
136 A Noren 70 66
137 D Lee 71 66, E Pepperell 70 67
138 M Manassero 71 67, B Grace 71 67, R Bland 70 68, J Campillo 72 66

140 Richie Ramsay 72 68 (T10)
142 Russell Knox 72 70, Marc Warren 73 69 (T19)
145 *Gareth Wright 74 71, Jack Doherty 72 73 (T49)
146 Jamie McLeary 74 72, David Drysdale 72 74 (T64)
 *Yes, we know Gareth Wright is a Welshman but he lives in Scotland and plays the Tartan Tour!
147 Scott Jamieson 76 71, Craig Lee 71 76, Peter Whiteford 76 71
149 Colin Montgomery 78 71
150 Jimmy Gunn 77 73
151 Sandy Lyle 78 73
152 Kris Nicol 79 73
154 Andrew McArthur 80 74, Paul Lawrie 81 73, Alastair Forsyth 83 71.





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