Aussie leads but Ram­say can’t make Korea move

GOLF TEN­PIN

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - SPORTS -

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.

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