Aussie leads but Ramsay can’t make Korea move
AUSTRALIAN Brett Rumford set a challenging target by going 10 under par after 36 holes to claim a three-shot lead at the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea.
The 33-year-old led the way after a fine round of 63, with Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez three back.
Aberdeen’s Richie Ramsay shot a second round 72, dropping back to a share of 11th place on four under.
Ramsay had started the day sharing fifth spot at Blackstone GC in Incheon.
Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen – who had started the day alongside Rumford at one under – had earlier shot a 66 to take a share of second alongside Englishman Richard Finch, four shots behind Rumford but with 15 holes still to play.
Rumford, the man from Perth who won the last of his three European Tour titles at the Omega European Masters in 2007, teed off at the 10th and claimed four birdies going out and six coming in to lay down the gauntlet.
Finch claimed two birdies in his first three holes to join Kjeldsen at seven under, the Dane having claimed seven birdies, but dropped a shot at 14.
World number one Lee Westwood was still at par through three holes of his second round, having birdied his opening hole but giving the shot back at the third.
He was joined at par by fellow Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter, who was two under for the day having also played three holes of his round.
Opening-round leader Damien McGrane of Ireland, who shot 66 on Thursday, knew he had plenty to do to catch Rumford when his round began.
Welshman Rhys Davies had improved to six under after a fourunder-par round which brought him level with McGrane in a tie for fourth. ENGLAND’S Karen Stupples remained in a tie for third at the Avnet LPGA Classic in Mobile, Alabama, as German Sandra Gal shot a five-under-par 67 to lead by one at the halfway stage.
Dover-born Stupples birdied
AWAY DAY: Richie Ramsay slipped down the field in the Ballantine’s Championship at Blackstone Golf Club, Incheon, South Korea.