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Monty battling to reign in the rain

By Ian Casey

Published 25/07/2015

In hunt: Colin Montgomerie is a front runner in Senior Open
In hunt: Colin Montgomerie is a front runner in Senior Open

Colin Montgomerie moved into a share of the lead in the Senior Open Championship at Sunningdale before heavy rain curtailed play in the second round.

The Scot, bidding for his fourth senior major championship and first on British soil, completed 12 holes before the suspension.

Montgomerie twice led outright on six-under par but bogeys on the 10th and 12th holes, either side of a birdie on the 11th, pushed him back into group containing eight players.

Reigning champion Bernhard Langer, Miguel Angel Jimenez and American pair Jeff Sluman and Lee Janzen are among those alongside Montgomerie at five under par having failed to even start their second rounds.

Championship director David Williams said: "The plan is to finish round two and, all going well, start round three on a two-tee start.

"We will have probably an hour or so play left of round three tomorrow, and we'll finish that up on Sunday morning.

"Then the plan is to go three-balls off one tee and get back on track and finish when we're meant to."

Danny Willett, leader of last week's Open at St Andrews at the end of his second round, is refusing to take anything for granted despite a one shot halfway lead at the Omega European Masters thanks to a stunning 62 in Crans.

Belfast's Michael Hoey is two under par.

"It was very, very good, right from the get-go," said Willett, who carded nine birdies and a bogey in reaching 13 under.

"I hit it well on the range this morning, got into a nice rhythm early doors and carried it through the whole round.

"Every part of my game felt pretty good. I controlled my ball really well all day and my putter stayed hot for the whole day.

"I'm better mentally now than I was. Over these last two weeks especially, I haven't been getting too far ahead of myself, and every time I've got in trouble I've just taken my medicine and moved onto the next," he said.

"I didn't actually hit the ball that well for the last two holes, but still managed to make par, whereas before, I might've got annoyed with myself and dropped a shot or two."

Willett reached both the 14th and 15th greens in two, and had he produced an eagle on either hole then his chances of recording The European Tour's first 59 would have been promising.

"I forgot it's a par 70 here, so a 59 is probably more likely than at most other places," he added.

Ulsterman Graeme McDowell will miss the cut at the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in Ontario after a level-par 72 left him on three over, five shots outside the projected mark.

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