Date: August 24, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Gonzalez moves ahead, Finch hits hole-in-one

Ricardo Gonzalez moved into the lead as Richard Finch hit a hole-in-one on day two of the Johnnie Walker Championship on Friday, while Australian Brett Rumford is still in the mix. The Englishman produced a superb tee-shot at the 17th hole at Gleneagles as he carded a five-under-par second round to move to four under for the tournament. That shot stole some of the limelight away from Argentine Gonzalez, who heads the leaderboard after replicating his seven-under-par score from Thursday to jump to 14 under overall. Gonzalez had shared the overnight lead with Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, but posted eight birdies and dropped just one shot in an excellent round from the world number 352. Wiesberger is one further back after dropping consecutive shots at the seventh and eighth, but the day ultimately belonged to Gonzalez, who was quick to express his delight at his performance. “It&aposs a very important week for me because I have not played well at the start of the season,” he said. “To shoot two rounds of 65 is amazing. I had five weeks&apos rest to recharge my batteries but played 18 holes every day back home in Rosario. “It&aposs a good course for me as a long hitter but hitting it straight is very important.” English pair Mark Foster and Tommy Fleetwood are both still very much in contention at 11 under, while American Brooks Koepka is at 10 under. Rumford fired a round of 69 and heads a trio of players at nine under par, with Thongchai Jaidee and Frederik Andersson Hed also five shots back. World number 42 Francesco Molinari sits at eight under after going five under par for the day, but Scotland&aposs Mark Warren – who finished tied for 12th place at the PGA Championship earlier in the month – missed the cut after carding a one under par score. Meanwhile, Marcus Both (70) is the only other Australian left in the draw at five under after Richard Green (71), Scott Arnold (68), Andrew Dodt (74) and Scott Hend (76) all missed the cut.