Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Hanson joins Scottish Open lead

Peter Hanson

Sweden's Ryder Cup player Peter Hanson birdied three of the closing seven holes to make it a four-way tie for the lead when the second round of the Barclays Scottish Open was finally able to continue at Castle Stuart near Inverness.

The round had begun at 7.30am on Friday, then was hit by two rain delays later that day and a total wash-out yesterday.

With the event cut from 72 to 54 holes for the first time in its history, Hanson's 67 put him alongside Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and Scots Peter Whiteford and Scott Jamieson.

Luke Donald matched Hanson's round to be one behind, with Spain's Jose Manuel Lara and 51-year-old former winner Barry Lane.

Lee Westwood, trying to take the world number one spot back off Donald, was two further back after a 71, while Colin Montgomerie was alongside him after achieving the 69 target he set himself to keep his hopes alive of grabbing a place in the upcoming Open Championship through a top-five finish.

Montgomerie was in joint 14th spot, but had to be the leading non-exempt player and Jamieson, Lane and Lara all had the same goal.

"I'm trying my best, but it's a long shot now," Montgomerie said. "I have a long way to go and I needed two more rounds to be honest. I'll have to play like Luke - no mistakes. I'm throwing in too many errors."

He had three birdies in the nine holes he had to play when the action resumed at 7am, but also bogeyed the 14th.

Donald commented on his round: "I'm in a good position. It took a while, but it's nice to get it done and hopefully we can play another 18 today."

There was more rain in the area, but the course had recovered well from a deluge that even caused a landslide and made holes by the Moray Firth out of bounds to spectators.

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