Date: September 19, 2009
Author: PA Sport and Sportal

Green right in it

Australian Richard Green is two shots off the pace in outright second position at the halfway point of the Austrian Open after firing a five-under-par second-round 66. Green picked up seven birdies, including three in a row at No.3, 4 and 5, and only had two bogeys at the 1st and 8th to be 11-under overall and trail leader Benn Barham (13-under). Chris Gaunt is the next-best Aussie in equal fourth on nine-under while Brett Rumford (seven-under) is two shots further back in a tie for 11th. Jose Maria Olazabal and Nick Dougherty were among those to miss the halfway cut. Barham&aposs rounds of 63 and 66 have given him a total of 129 – equalling the lowest of the European Tour season. He goes into the weekend two in front of Green and three ahead of Scotland&aposs Scott Drummond (68). Olazabal, however, crashed out on level par after going in the water and double-bogeying the short 17th for a 72, while Dougherty&aposs second successive 71 was not good enough either. The low round of the day was a 64 from Welsh Ryder Cup hopeful Bradley Dredge, runner-up at the European Masters on his last start two weeks ago. It included seven successive birdies, one short of the Tour all-time record, from the 14th, although placing of the ball was being allowed on the wet fairways. Barham, yet to win on the circuit and down at 175th on the money list, has had an eagle and 12 birdies so far. “You never know what will happen in this game,&apos&apos he said. “I&aposve been working with a new coach the last few weeks and it&aposs just a case of letting it go.” “I&aposm pleased with the direction it is moving. With the way my season is going I needed a different direction to freshen things up – playing the same week-in week-out was frustrating.” “I have been striking it well. As a golfer if you hit the ball well you think well And everything falls into place.” “There is a long way to go. I&aposll try to treat it as another round with my mates at Chart Hills. The moment you get caught up in it the problems start to arise.” Drummond, who earned a five-year exemption with his 2004 PGA Championship victory at Wentworth, is also striving to be among the top 115 money-winners who keep their cards at the end of the season. The 35-year-old stands 158th, but victory for him or Barham on Sunday would mean they do not have to look at the standings any more. Terry Pilkadaris (two-under) was the other Australian to make the cut but his compatriots Kane Webber (one-under), Scott Strange (even) and Wade Ormsby (one-over) weren&apost so fortunate. New Zealanders Danny Lee (five-over), Mark Brown (nine-over) and Michael Campbell (16-over) were also well clear off the cut-off mark. Second Round of the Austrian Open -13: Benn Barham 63 66 -11: Richard Green (Australia) 65 66 -10: Scott Drummond 64 68 -9: Pelle Edberg 68 65, Mark Foster 65 68, Chris Gaunt (Australia) 66 67 -8: Soren Hansen 67 67, David Horsey 67 67, Joost Luiten 67 67, Pablo Martin 66 68 -7: Wil Besseling 68 67, Markus Brier 68 67, Magnus A Carlsson 67 68, David Dixon 68 67, Martin Erlandsson 67 68, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 65 70, Michael Lorenzo-Vera 66 69, David Lynn 67 68, Gary Murphy 68 67, Iain Pyman 70 65, Brett Rumford (Australia) 64 71 Also: -2: Terry Pilkadaris (Australia) 71 69 -1: Kane Webber (Australia) 73 68 E: Scott Strange (Australia) 71 71 +1: Wade Ormsby (Australia) 72 71 +5: Danny Lee (New Zealand) 74 73 +9: Mark Brown (New Zealand) 75 75 75 +16: Michael Campbell (New Zealand) 77 79 76