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Wakefield takes early second round lead at Johnnie Walker Championship

Wakefield takes early second round lead at Johnnie Walker Championship

Simon Wakefield tamed a blustery wind to shoot a 4-under 69 on Thursday and take the early second-round lead in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Wakefield, who finished third in the Irish Open in May, is at 9-under 137 for a three-stroke lead over fellow Englishman Graeme Storm (70) and Australian Wade Ormsby (69).
Overnight leader Marc Warren was among the late starters Friday.
Colin Montgomerie, who opened with a 69 on Thursday, struggled with the wind and finished with a 74, putting him at a 3-under 143 total.
"I played poorly and drove the ball poorly and that is not a good combination," he said.
Wakefield, 33, has struggled since his good Irish Open finish, missing six cuts in 10 events. But he signaled a return to form by finishing 27th in last week's Dutch Open.
He birdied the first hole from 20 feet and the par-5 second, then dropped a shot from a bunker at the seventh.
He birdied the eighth from 15 feet after standing off his putt three times in the wind, then birdied the long ninth as well. He made two more birdies on the back nine.
"Obviously this is what we practice for and it's nice to be on top," Wakefield said. "I hit it really well yesterday and as well again today and made a few putts. Marc may well be ahead at the end of the day but it's nice to be in this position."
Montgomerie is chairman of the event and defended the selection of this Jack Nicklaus-designed Centenary Course for the 2014 Ryder Cup after Darren Clarke criticized it on Thursday.
Clarke, one of the stars of Europe's win at The K Club in Ireland last year, said it was "beyond my comprehension" that the American-style course was picked to host the event in 2014, instead of one of Scotland's many other courses.
Montgomerie said he had no second thoughts about the selection.
"I feel the course will stand up to any Ryder Cup and as a venue and a resort, there are very few better," he said. "I think the Ryder Cup will stand on its own two feet here very, very well."


Updated : 2021-05-16 05:47 GMT+08:00