Warren’s shoulder charge
Scots player shrugs off injury to make his mark in British Masters
Marc Warren’s struggles with a shoulder injury appear to be behind him and he is already on a charge through the final weeks of the European Tour season to get back where he belongs.
The three-time European Tour winner suffered a rotator cuff injury this season which he has finally managed back to health without surgery that would have probably cost him the rest of this season. A second place at last week’s Portugal Masters was the reward and he comfortably made the cut at Close House in the British Masters yesterday.
“It was doubly frustrating because I haven’t had a lot of injury in my career; it seemed to be happening all at once because I also had a thumb problem,” he said after a three-under 67. “I basically didn’t have the tools to go to war out there.
“The first event I played pain-free since Dubai was Paul’s event (the Matchplay) and I’ve felt since then I’ve played well and shooting some good scores.”
Warren was advised to have surgery but opted for two cortisone injections. The first was ineffective after only about 20 days but the second allowed him to exercise the shoulder, which was necessary to make the problem heal.
“The fact I was told I had to work my shoulder was a big thing mentally as I’d felt until then that rest was going to be the only cure,” he said. “That made it easier for me to go out and practice.
“I felt I was battling with my game in the height of the summer as my swing felt technically poor. It is good to be coming through the other side now with no niggles or pain.”
Warren had even entered tour school but after his finish in Portugal leapt him to 100th on the Race to Dubai, and with the Dunhill next week being an event he usually does well, he’s confident again.
“I didn’t look at my Race to Dubai position because I knew there was no point,” he said.
Aberdeen’s Richie Ramsay returned a second-successive 69 with a strong finish of a birdie at the last, holing for 45ft to finish at six-under 134 for the championship to lie tied 10th going into the weekend.
“Again, solid today and I gave myself chances, one schoolboy error (for a bogey at 15) but I kept the momentum going,” he said.
“Patience is always the key and after so many years out here now it’s something that comes to you gradually. I was pretty happy and there were a couple of moments I holed good ones to keep myself going forward.”
Scott Jamieson also matched his score from Thursday, a 68 putting him in good shape for a strong weekend.
Three other Scots rallied well to make the cut on the mark, Stephen Gallacher surviving despite a bogey at the last, while David Drysdale shot a 67 with three birdies on the back nine to make it on two under.
Duncan Stewart’s eagle 3 on the sixth – his 15th – was the key blow to getting the Grantown man into the weekend, but his friend Russell Knox, from Inverness, couldn’t recover from an opening 74 despite a two-under 68 yesterday.
Tyrrell Hatton holds a three-shot lead at the halfway mark but the Englishman has tournament host Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter leading the chasing pack. Hatton added a second round of 65 to his opening 63 at Close House.
At 12 under par, Hatton enjoyed a three-shot lead over tournament host Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Ashley Chesters, Chris Hanson and Robert Karlsson, with Graeme Storm and Lee Slattery on eight under with Finland’s Mikko Ilonen.
Rory McIlroy could only add a 69 to his opening 67 to lie eight shots off the pace on four under alongside former Masters champion Danny Willett. Seventeen points from fly half Peter Horne ensured Glasgow maintained their impressive start to the season with a 37-21 bonus point win against Treviso at Scotstoun last night.
Dave Rennie’s players have made a fine start to the Pro14 and they retained their 100% record despite an indifferent performance.
Expectations were high after a superb win against Munster last week but the hosts failed to reach the same heights before a stoppage-time try from Sam Johnson claimed a dramatic bonus point.
British and Irish Lion Tommy Seymour made an impact on his return following a busy summer, and it was the winger who opened the scoring from a well-worked set-piece following a scrappy opening in which the pouring rain got the better of both sides.
As well as Seymour and Johnson, Rob Harley and Horne also crossed the try line for Glasgow.
Horne was on the mark with three conversions and two penalties, while South African Brandon Thomson had a conversion and penalty for Glasgow.
Jamison Gibson-Park’s 73rd-minute try helped Leinster to seal a 21-13 victory against Edinburgh in Ireland.
Leinster turned a miscued Blair Kinghorn clearance into the game’s key score, with Gibson-Park’s fellow replacement Ross Byrne converting from out wide as the hosts got back to winning ways.
Jason Tovey did all of Edinburgh’s scoring, kicking two early penalties and running in a 30th-minute intercept try as they trailed 14-13 at half-time.
Struggling to improve on last week’s lacklustre display against the Cheetahs, Leinster were fortunate to be in front, with man-ofthe-match Jonathan Sexton converting Joey Carbery’s try to add to Jordi Murphy’s earlier effort.