Drysdale’s Dutch of class
Golf: Scot moves into tied-third in Holland with a Euro-card boosting 65
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.