Fisher leads as Westwood finishes last! 

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Ross Fisher will head into the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a one-shot lead after producing a four-under-par 68 over the Old Course at St Andrews. 

The five-time European Tour winner carded seven birdies and three bogeys to move to 11 under par, one stroke clear of Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren.

Lagergren’s countryman Alex Noren was another shot back on nine under after a mixed round at Kingsbarns saw him post a 71 on Friday.

Fisher began his second round a single shot behind overnight leader Noren, but after accumulating seven birdies and three bogeys at the Home of Golf, the 35 year old took control of the tournament with 36 holes to play.

Fisher will face the toughest test of the week on Saturday when he tees it up at Carnoustie, before the tournament concludes at the Old Course on Sunday.

Jbe Kruger is another shot back in fourth after posting a second successive 68, with England’s Tyrrell Hatton fifth on seven under. Scotland’s Marc Warren leads the home challenge on six under, alongside Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters of Belgium, the South African duo of Richard Sterne and Ulrich van den Berg, Dernmark’s Joachim B Hansen and Englishman Matt Ford.

Pieters Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood followed up his first round 75 with a round of 82, which meant he finished last in the field.

Ross Fisher: “Not dropping a shot yesterday at Kingsbarns was a real achievement, seven under was a great start. The course was kind out there but you still had to hit good shots. The wind is quite tough. The front is straight downwind so it plays relatively easy although the front pin is hard to get at and then you turn to the back and it’s all off the left. So you’re kind of hanging on a little bit but you still know if you hit good shots, you can have birdie chances.

“There’s no getaway out of Carnoustie. At least with Kingsbarns and St Andrews, you can kind of get away with it a little bit whereas Carnoustie, you have to be really on your game. If I can play how I’ve played the first two days, I feel like I’ve got a good chance of going out and shooting a good score.”

Joakim Lagergren: “I played really solid today. Unfortunately I didn’t hole any putts this round. I think I made 17 greens – but I wasn’t close enough really, I hit a lot of greens, but I need to get a little bit closer and putt a little bit better to shoot a really low one.”

Alex Noren: “I’m happy. I played decent but had a few three-putts and then didn’t make as many long putts as I did yesterday but overall I am pleased with the score and where I am on the leaderboard. I’m looking forward to St Andrews tomorrow. I love it. It grows on me every time. I like the challenge of how big it is, you know, but you still have to hit good shots. The first few times I was there, I thought it was crazy. I couldn’t focus but now I just love playing there.”

Thomas Pieters: “It’s just a shame to finish with a double because I was going along nicely and making a few putts. I only had one double on the card. You can’t drive it in the fairway bunkers, you just can’t. I’ll have to avoid those tomorrow at St Andrews as well.

“I’ve been here two or three times, so really look forward to playing the Old Course. I don’t know who is playing Carnoustie today or tomorrow, but I know if I put a really low one up there tomorrow, I’ll be right in it.”

Ross Fisher will head into the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a one-shot lead after producing a four-under-par 68 over the Old Course at St Andrews.

The five-time European Tour winner carded seven birdies and three bogeys to move to 11 under par, one stroke clear of Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren.

Lagergren’s countryman Alex Noren was another shot back on nine under after a mixed round at Kingsbarns saw him post a 71 on Friday.

Fisher began his second round a single shot behind overnight leader Noren, but after accumulating seven birdies and three bogeys at the Home of Golf, the 35 year old took control of the tournament with 36 holes to play.

Fisher will face the toughest test of the week on Saturday when he tees it up at Carnoustie, before the tournament concludes at the Old Course on Sunday.

Jbe Kruger is another shot back in fourth after posting a second successive 68, with England’s Tyrrell Hatton fifth on seven under. Scotland’s Marc Warren leads the home challenge on six under, alongside Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters of Belgium, the South African duo of Richard Sterne and Ulrich van den Berg, Dernmark’s Joachim B Hansen and Englishman Matt Ford.

Ross Fisher: “Not dropping a shot yesterday at Kingsbarns was a real achievement, seven under was a great start. The course was kind out there but you still had to hit good shots. The wind is quite tough. The front is straight downwind so it plays relatively easy although the front pin is hard to get at and then you turn to the back and it’s all off the left. So you’re kind of hanging on a little bit but you still know if you hit good shots, you can have birdie chances.

“There’s no getaway out of Carnoustie. At least with Kingsbarns and St Andrews, you can kind of get away with it a little bit whereas Carnoustie, you have to be really on your game. If I can play how I’ve played the first two days, I feel like I’ve got a good chance of going out and shooting a good score.”

Joakim Lagergren: “I played really solid today. Unfortunately I didn’t hole any putts this round. I think I made 17 greens – but I wasn’t close enough really, I hit a lot of greens, but I need to get a little bit closer and putt a little bit better to shoot a really low one.”

Alex Noren: “I’m happy. I played decent but had a few three-putts and then didn’t make as many long putts as I did yesterday but overall I am pleased with the score and where I am on the leaderboard. I’m looking forward to St Andrews tomorrow. I love it. It grows on me every time. I like the challenge of how big it is, you know, but you still have to hit good shots. The first few times I was there, I thought it was crazy. I couldn’t focus but now I just love playing there.”

Thomas Pieters: “It’s just a shame to finish with a double because I was going along nicely and making a few putts. I only had one double on the card. You can’t drive it in the fairway bunkers, you just can’t. I’ll have to avoid those tomorrow at St Andrews as well.

“I’ve been here two or three times, so really look forward to playing the Old Course. I don’t know who is playing Carnoustie today or tomorrow, but I know if I put a really low one up there tomorrow, I’ll be right in it.”

Round 2 Scores;

133 R Fisher (Eng) 65 68,

134 J Lagergren (Swe) 66 68,

135 A Noren (Swe) 64 71,

136 J Kruger (RSA) 68 68,

137 T Hatton (Eng) 67 70,

138 U Van Den Berg (RSA) 69 69, M Ford (Eng) 66 72, J Hansen (Den) 70 68, M Warren (Sco) 72 66, R Sterne (RSA) 69 69, T Pieters (Bel) 70 68,

139 M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 73 66, F Fritsch (Ger) 68 71, R Bland (Eng) 70 69, T Fleetwood (Eng) 72 67, R Karlberg (Swe) 68 71, S Kjeldsen (Den) 71 68, M Kaymer (Ger) 71 68, B Wiesberger (Aut) 73 66,

140 A McArthur (Sco) 70 70, S Lowry (Irl) 72 68, Y Yang (Kor) 71 69, A Dodt (Aus) 70 70, P Peterson (USA) 70 70, R Cabrera Bello (Esp) 70 70, A Cañizares (Esp) 68 72, A Wall (Eng) 71 69, B Virto (Esp) 71 69, L Jensen (Den) 71 69, P Hanson (Swe) 71 69,

141 D Horsey (Eng) 72 69, J Quesne (Fra) 72 69, G Coetzee (RSA) 72 69, J Ahlers (RSA) 70 71, E Van Rooyen (RSA) 72 69, P Meesawat (Tha) 70 71, R Ramsay (Sco) 70 71, B Dredge (Wal) 69 72, J Zunic (Aus) 70 71, N Colsaerts (Bel) 71 70, C Stroud (USA) 70 71, R Dinwiddie (Eng) 73 68, N Fasth (Swe) 72 69, M Bremner (RSA) 73 68, R Paratore (Ita) 71 70, G McDowell (Nir) 74 67, C Shinkwin (Eng) 67 74, A Johnston (Eng) 71 70, E De La Riva (Esp) 71 70,

142 R McEvoy (Eng) 73 69, R Davies (Wal) 74 68, R West (RSA) 69 73, S Jamieson (Sco) 67 75, F Zanotti (Par) 72 70, C Lee (Sco) 69 73, R Karlsson (Swe) 71 71, L Oosthuizen (RSA) 71 71, B Evans (Eng) 72 70, S Khan (Eng) 71 71,

143 J Winther (Den) 74 69, G Storm (Eng) 71 72, P Harrington (Irl) 70 73, R Rock (Eng) 70 73, G Havret (Fra) 76 67, M Guyatt (Aus) 69 74, E Pepperell (Eng) 68 75, G Bourdy (Fra) 69 74, P Waring (Eng) 71 72, C Paisley (Eng) 71 72,

144 M Ilonen (Fin) 73 71, K Broberg (Swe) 74 70, L Canter (Eng) 72 72, P Larrazábal (Esp) 71 73, D Drysdale (Sco) 72 72, F Laporta (Ita) 75 69, T Van Der Walt (RSA) 74 70, N Bertasio (Ita) 74 70, R Wattel (Fra) 78 66, A Wu (Chn) 74 70, D Burmester (RSA) 71 73, D Brooks (Eng) 69 75, R Green (Aus) 71 73, P Dunne (Irl) 72 72, A Levy (Fra) 73 71,

145 G Forrest (Sco) 73 72, N Dougherty (Eng) 73 72, M Carlsson (Swe) 73 72, D Bransdon (Aus) 69 76, K Mueck (Aus) 73 72, S Gallacher (Sco) 70 75, E España (Fra) 72 73, T Merritt (USA) 72 73, A Otaegui (Esp) 70 75, M Siem (Ger) 77 68, J Morrison (Eng) 71 74, T Olesen (Den) 73 72, J McLeary (Sco) 71 74, M Hoey (Nir) 69 76,

146 S Dyson (Eng) 75 71, O Fisher (Eng) 73 73, T Lewis (Eng) 74 72, D Willett (Eng) 73 73, J Parry (Eng) 74 72, M Korhonen (Fin) 73 73, J Jeong (Kor) 72 74, N Holman (Aus) 69 77, P Edberg (Swe) 74 72, R Lee (Can) 71 75, L Slattery (Eng) 70 76, E Molinari (Ita) 69 77, J Hume (Irl) 74 72, S Lee (Kor) 73 73, J Carlsson (Swe) 75 71,

147 B Hebert (Fra) 74 73, R Jacquelin (Fra) 67 80, M Madsen (Den) 73 74, J Luiten (Ned) 75 72, F Aguilar (Chi) 74 73, N Elvira (Esp) 77 70, E Ferguson (Sco) 74 73, M Kieffer (Ger) 73 74,

148 M Southgate (Eng) 78 70, G Stal (Fra) 74 74, D Im (USA) 70 78, D Fichardt (RSA) 73 75, L Bjerregaard (Den) 73 75, T Fisher Jnr (RSA) 75 73, S Webster (Eng) 72 76, B Rumford (Aus) 74 74, C Sharvin (Nir) 75 73, T Linard (Fra) 74 74, B Grace (RSA) 73 75,

149 S O’Hair (USA) 76 73, M Manassero (Ita) 73 76, D Lipsky (USA) 73 76, C Bezuidenhout (RSA) 74 75, J Hugo (RSA) 70 79, H Porteous (RSA) 75 74, B Åkesson (Swe) 77 72, C Berardo (Fra) 79 70, R Evans (Eng) 73 76, M Baldwin (Eng) 75 74,

150 M Fitzpatrick (Eng) 77 73, G Boyd (Eng) 76 74, B Stone (RSA) 75 75, A Quiros (Esp) 80 70, T Immelman (RSA) 77 73, J Donaldson (Wal) 71 79, J Campillo (Esp) 76 74, N Srithong (Tha) 74 76, D Dixon (Eng) 75 75,

151 P McGinley (Irl) 72 79, O Bekker (RSA) 77 74, M Millar (Aus) 77 74, J Walters (RSA) 72 79, J Blaauw (RSA) 74 77,

152 O Wilson (Eng) 76 76, A Meronk (Pol) 72 80, S Gros (Fra) 77 75, R Gouveia (Por) 76 76,

153 C Hanson (Eng) 74 79, D Valente (Aus) 75 78, Z Blair (USA) 72 81, J Fahrbring (Swe) 77 76,

154 R Kakko (Fin) 80 74,

155 M Goggin (Aus) 80 75,

157 L Westwood (Eng) 75 82,

 

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