Date: September 22, 2007

Fraser still in Masters contention

Michael Campbell&aposs rollercoaster ride on the European Tour continued at the British Masters on Friday as he bounced back from a disappointing first round be just five strokes off the pace alongside Australian Marcus Fraser. Four birdies in the last five holes saw Campbell sign for an impressive three-under par 69 at The Belfry after starting with a 73, leaping up 49 places into a tie for 18th. At the top of the table, friends Mark Foster and Lee Westwood went from having dinner together to battling for the halfway lead. On a day when Ryder Cup Swede Robert Karlsson broke two clubs yet still made the cut and Scot Alastair Forsyth had an 11 on one hole, the two Worksop players overcame strong winds to boost their hopes of capturing first prize on Sunday. Westwood, benefiting from a short-game tip from former European Tour player Mark Roe, bogeyed his last two holes, but was still talking confidently after adding a 70 to his opening 66. That finish, though, allowed Foster and Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen to take over at the top, rounds of 66 and 68 respectively taking them onto the seven under par total of 137. Westwood is in the group only one behind and so is Ian Poulter after a 71 interrupted by rain so torrential he felt play should have been suspended sooner. “I didn&apost like it and it wasn&apost right – I thought we should have been in a place where we had shelter 20 minutes previously,” he said. Derksen, twice a winner on the circuit, birdied two of his last four holes as the worst of the rain arrived. “My mindset didn&apost change,” he said. “I didn&apost think &aposI want to be in the clubhouse&apos. You accept it as part of the game and on these days you look for pars – birdies are bonuses.” Driving into water on the eighth and into a bunker at the ninth led to Westwood&aposs bogey-bogey finish, but reflecting on the round as a whole he said: “I&aposm delighted. I&aposve not played too good here in the past, but I&aposm very pleased with the position I am in.” “Mark Roe gave me a lesson at The Open and we did some more work on Tuesday. He&aposs given me a lot more variety and much more feel around the greens. Fraser, though, was the best of the Australian contingent, consolidating his first round two-under-par 70 with an even-par 72 on the second day at The Belfry. Peter O&aposMalley and Andrew Tampion may have started the day alongside Fraser but five-over 75s from both players saw them effectively drop out of contention as they are one-over over and eight strokes behind Derksen and Foster. Further back in the field, Matthew Millar (79) and Terry Price (78) are at eight and ten over respectively after two rounds. Second round of the Quinn Direct British Masters: -7 Robert-Jan Derksen 69 68 Mark Foster 71 66 -6 Martin Erlandsson 63 75 Soren Kjeldsen 66 72 Ian Poulter 67 71 Sam Walker 71 67 Lee Westwood 68 70 -4 Fredrik Andersson Hed 67 73 Phillip Archer 68 72 Nick Dougherty 72 68 Miguel Angel Jimenez 71 69 Francesco Molinari 68 72 Colin Montgomerie 70 70 Also: -2 Michael Campbell (New Zealand) 73 69 Marcus Fraser (Australia) 70 72 +1 Peter O&aposMalley (Australia) 70 75 Andrew Tampion (Australia) 70 75 +8 Matthew Millar (Australia) 73 79 +10 Terry Price (Australia) 76 78