Els, Mick­el­son way off pace in Scot­land

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

ERNIE ELS, pic­tured, and Phil Mick­el­son en­dured frus­trat­ing sec­ond rounds at the Scot­tish Open as the tour­na­ment’s head­line acts were up­staged by some rel­a­tive un­knowns yes­ter­day.

Chris Doak, ranked No 341, was the sur­prise leader at the halfway stage of his home event af­ter a sec­ond straight 66 left him on 12-un­der 132, while No 868 Matthew South­gate (64) was in a tie for sec­ond place with Ross Fisher (65), Peter Uih­lein (66) and JB Hansen (65) a stroke back.

Con­di­tions were ripe for low scor­ing on the Cas­tle Stu­art links but Els floun­dered on the greens and could only shoot a 2-un­der 70 to miss the cut a week be­fore he de­fends his Bri­tish Open ti­tle.

Mick­el­son was joint third overnight af­ter his first-round 66, but dropped back af­ter a 70. – Sapa-AP

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