Saturday, July 27, 2019

Paul Lawrie five behind leader Darren
 
Clarke in Senior Open
 
Darren Clarke carded a second consecutive round of 68 at
Royal Lytham and St Annes to sit two shots off the lead at
the halfway stage of The Senior Open Presented by Rolex.
The Northern Irishman, the 2011 Champion Golfer of the Year, is bidding to become just the fourth player in history to win both The Open and The Senior Open and in doing so joining the elite trio of Bob Charles, Gary Player and Tom Watson.
He is also aiming to become the first player to win The Senior Open on their first attempt since Paul Broadhurst lifted The Senior Open Trophy in 2016.
American Wes Short jun. birdied the final three holes to reach six under par, one stroke ahead of fellow countryman Scott Dunlap.
In the hunt for his second Senior Major title of the season is two-time Major Champion Retief Goosen, who won his first over-50s Major at the Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship earlier this month. The South African shares fourth place with Bart Bryant and Ken Duke on three under par
Also inside the top ten are Senior Major Champions Roger Chapman and Colin Montgomerie – who are also bidding for their first Senior Open victories – and former champions Broadhurst and Bernhard Langer. They are among eight golfers on two under par.
Player Quotes
Darren Clarke: I played nicely. Just the start was a little bit so-so but I kept giving myself chance after chance around the back side, didn't really make any, and then unfortunately missed a short one on the last which always stings a little bit. The way my swing feels and the way I'm striking the ball, I'm very pleased with.

“I've been hitting it well now for quite some time but putting -- I've been trying to work away at it and get a feel and knock a few in.
"It's frustrating when you come off the golf course and you feel as you've taken as many as you possibly can and you left four or five out there and that's what I do every day, which somewhat frustrating, but that's professional golf.
"That's the way it is. You have to keep working at it. One of these days I'll have a hot day on the greens and everything will be wonderful again.”
Wes Short Jr: "I got off to a great start, and then hit actually a pretty good shot on the sixth hole, and got one of those bunkers and had a little trouble there. Then hit a very poor tee ball on the next hole and made another six, and then birdied the last on the front.
If you go into bunkers here you will be penalised here. They are a true penalty, and you need to avoid them. I've been only in a few, but that was the bad one. So I need to make sure I don't get in any of those."
Retief Goosen: Today we were lucky that the weather really died down this afternoon. The course played about as easy as it could play. My iron play was a little better today. I gave myself more birdie chances, that was the main key. Today I still hit a few bad ones, but it's a good position to be in with two rounds to go.
This golf course is definitely about placing the ball just left or
right of a bunker. Depending on conditions, there's a few of
them that you can take on and fly it over them. Pretty much
every hole, you've got to duck and dive from the bunkers. It's
a golf course that you just can't flick a driver out and hammer
away.”
Scores after round two134 W Short Jr (USA) 67 67
135 S Dunlap (USA) 67 68
136 D Clarke (Nir) 68 68
137 K Duke (USA) 68 69, R Goosen (SAf) 70 67, B Bryant (USA) 69 68
138 B Langer (Ger) 71 67, W Austin (USA) 68 70, S Parel (USA) 67 71, C Montgomerie (Sco) 68 70, R Chapman (Eng) 70 68, P Broadhurst (Eng) 67 71, D Barron (USA) 69 69, P Price (Wal) 71 67,
139 J Kelly (USA) 73 66, D Frost (SAf) 72 67, M Jiménez (Esp) 71 68, A Bossert (Sui) 72 67, P Lawrie (Sco) 70 69, S Dodd (Wales) 71 68, S Leaney (Australoa) 73 66, D Pride (USA) 71 68,
140 M McNulty (Irl) 73 67, D McKenzie (Australia) 70 70, T Lehman (USA) 70 70, F Couples (USA) 73 67, P Archbold (Aus) 70 70,
141 T Gillis (USA) 68 73, B Estes (USA) 70 71, M Atlevi (Swe) 68 73, E Toledo (Mex) 71 70, D Morland Iv (Can) 71 70, F Funk (USA) 69 72, G Day (USA) 72 69, C Dennis (USA) 72 69, S Brown (Eng) 71 70, M Molina (Arg) 72 69,
142 D Olsen (USA) 70 72, C Dimarco (USA) 76 66, T Petrovic (USA) 74 68, J Remesy (Fra) 74 68, P O'Malley (Aus) 72 70, P Fowler (Aus) 72 70, B Lane (Eng) 73 69, P McGinley (Irl) 73 69, P Baker (Eng) 69 73, B Mayfair (USA) 73 69, T Levet (Fra) 74 68,
143 P Eales (Eng) 74 69, D Edlund (Swe) 73 70, D Hart (USA) 74 69, P Streeter (Eng) 72 71, M Clark Ii (USA) 74 69, S Ames (Can) 74 69, S Micheel (USA) 71 72, J Sluman (USA) 73 70, G Wolstenholme (Eng) 74 69, G Gilbert (USA) 72 71, G Elliott (am) (USA) 75 68,
144 S Okuda (Jpn) 72 72, B May (USA) 72 72, G Orr (Sco) 74 70, I Woosnam (Wal) 72 72, B Andrade (USA) 73 71, T Pernice (USA) 73 71, J Spence (Eng) 71 73, T Watson (USA) 74 70, J Durant (USA) 73 71,
145 M Martin (Esp) 70 75, D Gilford (Eng) 73 72, T Wiratchant (Tha) 74 71, A Oldcorn (Sco) 74 71, P Marksaeng (Tha) 72 73, M Goodes (USA) 74 71, D Hendershott (Can) 71 74, P Scott (Eng) 70 75, J Sandelin (Swe) 70 75, K Tanigawa (USA) 74 71, J Kingston (RSA) 75 70, S Kelbrick (am) (Eng) 76 69,
146 M Campbell (Nzl) 71 75, I Taylor (Eng) 76 70, C Williams (RSA) 73 73, R Fish (Eng) 74 72, S Lyle (Sco) 73 73, G Turner (Nzl) 73 73, D Shacklady (Eng) 72 74, T Foster (am) (Eng) 74 72,
147 J Olazábal (Esp) 73 74, G Evans (Eng) 76 71, S Luna (Esp) 74 73, J Pate (USA) 73 74, G Boros (USA) 74 73, J Wade (Aus) 77 70, N Robb (Aus) 75 72, A Crerar (Sco) 73 74,
148 G Nicklaus (USA) 76 72, M James (Eng) 77 71, K Jones (USA) 78 70, T Fleming (USA) 77 71, D Smyth (Irl) 75 73,
149 P Wesselingh (Eng) 74 75, C Bowden (USA) 77 72, T Suzuki (Jpn) 78 71, L Mize (USA) 73 76, M Stevenson (Eng) 73 76, L Tenbroeck (USA) 78 71, A Teranishi (Jpn) 72 77,
150 B Chamblee (USA) 76 74, K Kami (Nep) 71 79, Y Nilsson (Swe) 76 74, B Cameron (Eng) 74 76,
151 R Sabarros (Fra) 75 76, D Mills (Eng) 77 74, J Coceres (Arg) 75 76, P Golding (Eng) 74 77, M Brier (Aut) 76 75, R Gomez (Arg) 75 76, C Monasterio (Arg) 77 74, R McWilliams (am) (USA) 74 77,
152 M Farry (Fra) 77 75, V Casado (Esp) 75 77, R Cochran (USA) 76 76,
153 B James (USA) 72 81,
154 B Cooper (USA) 78 76, S Sansome (am) (Eng) 79 75,
155 S Richardson (Eng) 74 81, J Carriles (Esp) 77 78, C Rocca (Ita) 77 78, S Simpson (USA) 78 77, T Thelen (USA) 77 78, I Crowther (am) (Eng) 78 77,
156 P Affleck (Wal) 78 78, G Lacy (am) (Eng) 79 77,
157 P Mitchell (Eng) 78 79, D Leet (Eng) 77 80,
158 G Farr (Wal) 80 78,
159 R Wiederkehr (Sui) 79 80,
160 A Francis (am) (Eng) 80 80,
161 A George (Eng) 83 78, N Sweet (Eng) 83 78, P Oakley (USA) 79 82,
163 D Charlton (Eng) 84 79,
174 G Nicholas (Aus) 88 86

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