SCOTLAND’S Craig Lee and Scott Jamieson surged up the leaderboard at the BMW Masters in Shanghai this morning to chase clear leader Luke Guthrie, while Keegan Bradley shot a six-under 66 to open up a four-stroke lead over Ryan Moore at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.
Guthrie remains the man to catch in the second round of the BMW Masters despite dropping his first shots of the tournament at Lake Malaren. He is four shots clear on eight-under after carding a second round of 71.
Lee and Jamieson are both sitting four-under in a six-way tie for second. Jamieson had one of the best rounds of the day, carding a four-under 68, bettered only by Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez whose 67 sees him share second with the two Scots, Thonghcai Jaidee of Thailand and England’s Paul Casey and Simon Dyson.
Guthrie had carded a flawless opening 65 to head an American one-two-three on the leaderboard after the opening round, with former Open champion John Daly three shots behind and Peter Uihlein another stroke back. Daly is now in a tie for eighth on three under while Uihlein slipped back to one-under.
The 23-year-old immediately extended his lead with a birdie on the first when play resumed in slightly calmer condition, but finally had to mark a bogey on his card on the fifth and 18th.
Guthrie - who finished fifth in the Shriners Hospitals for Childrens Open in Las Vegas on Sunday before making the 7,000-mile journey to Shanghai - still remains handsomely clear of the field.
Graeme McDowell, who shot a 74 to drop him back to level par at the halfway stage, currently lies second in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, 425,573 euros (£362,660) behind leader Henrik Stenson, but with a first prize of 850,000 euros (£725,000) on offer here and a total prize fund of almost £20million in the four events of the inaugural Final Series, the battle to become European number one in Dubai in mid-November is far from over.
Stenson did not look like adding much money to his tally after three bogeys in his first seven holes left him seven over par, the FedEx Cup winner dropping shots at the second, third and seventh. He finished with a flourish though and lies two over.
Former world number one Rory McIlroy, still seeking his first win in 2013 after five victories last year, had moved to three under with birdies at the third and seventh before dropping two shots and finishing the day with a par 72 to lie one under.
In Malaysia meanwhile, Bradley started the day in second place behind his fellow American Moore after an opening-round 65 and is now at 13-under 131 for the tournament, an official event on the PGA Tour for the first time. He has only had one bogey in 36 holes.
Moore had three bogeys to go with three birdies in an even-par 72 and sits at nine-under, a stroke ahead of Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat and American Chris Stroud. Scotland’s Martin Laird added a 70 to his opening 68 to lie seven shots behind Bradley at the halfway stage.
A day after saying his swing was as bad as it’s been “in a long time,” Phil Mickelson again struggled with some wayward drives and shot a two-under 70. He’s 10 shots off the pace.
On the LPGA, defending champion Suzann Pettersen had a hole in one on her way to a three-under 69 which gives her a five-stroke lead after the second round at the Sunrise Championship.
Pettersen’s ace on the second hole helped her finish at 7 under after 36 holes, comfortably ahead of Sun Young Yoo and Carlota Ciganda at two under. Pettersen is chasing Ingbee Park at the top of the LPGA rankings. While the 32-year-old Norwegian cannot overhaul her South Korean rival this week, a Sunrise win would close the gap. Park is not competing in the Taiwan event.
Scotland’s Catriona Matthew improved on her opening 75 with a 72 to sit in a tie for 18th, ten shots behind pace-setter Pettersen.