Scottish Open 2011
July 9, 2011 by staff
Scottish Open 2011, Thunderstorms and heavy rain interrupted the second round of the Scottish Open on Friday, but not before 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell had left its mark. Flawless eight-under-par British, 64, his best European tour of eight months, McDowell had a 11-under 133 for a share of the lead with local favorite Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford of Scotland, who carded 66s.
The trio is one stroke ahead of Jose Manuel Lara of Spain, who also recorded a 66. Leaders have perfect conditions tomorrow, but bad weather in the afternoon wreaked havoc on those trying to catch and a second suspension of a ray’s game over for the day just before 1800 GMT.
McDowell acknowledged that he had enjoyed the best weather of the day after the Northern Irishman fired his lowest round of the European Tour from 63 in the Hong Kong Open last November.
“I realized the conditions were going to be easy when I woke up and realized that the course was there to take,” McDowell told reporters after an eagle and six birdies in his score.
“Like any other links course in the world, if you do not receive the items to be taken away.”
McDowell was delighted to be showing such good form the week before the British Open and happy that finally cleared his head from his inaugural major success at Pebble Beach, after having given the U.S. Open crown his compatriot Rory McIlroy.
“I feel very fresh in the mind now, like a weight has been lifted unconscious from my shoulders,” he said.
“I really should not be complaining about the burden of being the U.S. Open champion, but was eager to move on. There is another Northern Ireland (McIlroy) to get all the attention from me next week as well.”
However, it was a sad afternoon for the likes of world number one, Luke Donald, number two Lee Westwood and Colin Montgomerie, who is making a last-minute bid to claim a place of a top British Open at Castle Stuart.
Westwood and Donald, who could exchange places in the world rankings on Sunday, were locked together on seven under when the horn players took the first, leaving the 78 owners in the afternoon to complete their rounds.
Westwood had played 11 holes, while Donald had just arrived at the curve. Montgomerie, playing with Donald, was a shot worse in six under par.
Double major winner Angel Cabrera and 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie matched McDowell in the morning 64 to share fifth place at nine under Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts (66).
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