Drys­dale’s Dutch of class

Golf: Scot moves into tied-third in Hol­land with a Euro-card boost­ing 65

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

David Drys­dale boosted his chances of re­tain­ing his Euro­pean Tour card with a strong show­ing in the KLM Open in Hol­land yes­ter­day.

The 43-year-old fin­ished the day tied third af­ter fol­low­ing up an open­ing round of 69 with a 65 for an eight-un­der-par to­tal.

Drys­dale is 118th in the Race to Dubai rank­ings and needs to fin­ish in­side the top 110 to re­tain Euro­pean Tour membership.

China’s Ashun Wu carded an im­pres­sive round of 66 to open up a three-shot lead at the half­way stage in Spijk.

Wu opened with a bo­gey- free 64 on Thurs­day and, while he dropped two shots in round two, an ac­com­pa­ny­ing seven birdies moved him to 12 un­der ahead of Eng­land’s Jonathan Thom­son, who is nine un­der af­ter a sec­ond round of 64.

Blair­gowrie’s Bradley Neil is well placed for a week­end charge. He is five un­der af­ter rounds of 66 and 71 with fel­low Euro­pean Tour rookie Con­nor Syme two shots back af­ter a sec­ond round of 70.

Scott Jamieson and Aberdeen’s Richie Ram­say, who is also sit­ting out­side the top 110 in the rank­ings, made the cut with noth- ing to spare af­ter fin­ish­ing one un­der par. Ram­say dropped 34 spots down the leader­board af­ter a 73 but will hope to make up lost ground over the week­end.

Eng­land’s Ge­or­gia Hall carded a sec­ond round of 68 to sit two shots off the lead held by Puerto Rico’s Maria Tor­res and Amer­i­cans Amy Ol­son and Mo Martin at the Evian Cham­pi­onship in France, the fifth and fi­nal ma­jor of the sea­son.

The Women’s Bri­tish Open win­ner had four birdies and one bo­gey to match her first-round score and re­main firmly in con­tention to win back-to-back ma­jors. Tor­res, Ol­son and Martin are eight un­der head­ing into the week­end’s ac­tion.

Scot­land’s sole rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ca­tri­ona Matthew missed the cut by just one

“Jamieson and Ram­say just made the cut”

shot af­ter fin­ish­ing four over par.

English­men Max Or­rin and Ben Stow are tired for the lead on 13 un­der in the Kaza­khstan Open on the Chal­lenge Tour – but there are three Scots in­side the top 10. Liam John­ston and Callum Hill are tied third on 11 un­der, while Aberdeen’s David Law is one shot back in ninth spot.

Oban’s Robert Mac­In­tyre and Gran­town’s Dun­can Ste­wart missed the cut.

Else­where, Stephen Dodd con­tin­ued his in­cred­i­ble run of form to take the first-round lead at Craigielaw Golf Club, host venue of the 2018 Scot­tish Se­nior Open, one stroke ahead of Ian Woos­nam.

The Welsh­man carded a five-un­der 66 and is one shot clear of com­pa­triot Woos­nam and Eng­land’s David Shack­lady, who each signed for rounds of 67.

Mel­drum House’s Michele Thom­son is tied for 14th place but Al­ford’s Laura Mur­ray (Kip­pie Lodge) missed the cut af­ter two rounds of the WPGA Chal­lenge at Stoke by Nay­land Golf Club, Suf­folk.

Thom­son is on 145 (72, 73), while Mur­ray scored 79, 76 for 155 to miss out by six shots.

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