Date: July 14, 2007

Havret takes halfway lead

Just one month after a scary-sounding confrontation with a bull, Frenchman Gregory Havret might now have to fight off two giants of golf to win the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond this weekend. After a brilliant second round 64 the 30-year-old shares the lead with Spain&aposs Jose Manuel Lara after a day that saw Colin Montgomerie, Retief Goosen, Tom Lehman, David Howell, Trevor Immelman and defending champion Johan Edfors all miss the halfway cut. Only three Australians made the halfway cut, with Peter O&aposMalley and Wade Ormsby the best placed at two-under-par in a share of 41st, while a stroke further behind is compatriot Matthew Millar. World number three Phil Mickelson is only one behind and world number five Ernie Els, twice a winner of the title and finding form just in time for next week&aposs Open, looks menacing too in the group just three back on seven-under-par. With a sparkling eagle at the 13th and then birdies at the 15th and 16th during heavy rain, Lara handed in a 65 and relegated Mickelson to third place. The left-hander added a 68 to his opening 65, but that was the best that the first four first-round leaders could manage. Lee Westwood fell back to three-under with a 74, Mickelson&aposs playing partner Graeme Storm shot a 72 for five-under and Dane Soren Hansen a 73 for four-under. Mickelson also had to contend with the worst of the weather and once back in the dry said: “We can deal with it for a day and I am sure it will be nice this weekend. “Having a chance to win it&aposs going to be a lot of fun. I didn&apost feel all that great on the course today. I was fighting it a little bit on the tee and with the putter, but I was able to get away with a couple of bad shots.” As did Els at the 415-yard 12th after his leaked drive kicked into some of the worst rough on the entire course. He was lucky to find it let alone have a swing and, after avoiding a tree with his next shot he escaped with a miraculous par before moving into joint seventh with a 66. He said: “I&aposm happy with the way things are going right now. “I&aposve had a really tough time and it&aposs not been a lot of fun, but today was more like it and I really want to play better golf. “A lot of my business stuff is really running nicely now and I&aposm really looking forward to next week. I am close – my swing feels good and I&aposve made big strides in my putting.” Joint fourth are England&aposs Simon Khan, Argentina&aposs Andres Romero and Boo Weekley, whose US Tour win earlier this season has set him up for an Open debut at Carnoustie. Paul Lawrie, winner of the Open on the same course eight years ago, had a chance to join them when he stood seven-under with six to play but the Aberdeen golfer bogeyed four of them. Results from round two of the Barclays Scottish Open, Scotland: -10: Gregory Havret 68 64,Jose Manuel Lara 67 65 -9: Phil Mickelson 65 68 -8: Simon Khan 67 67, Andres Romero 67 67, Boo Weekley 68 66 -7: Pelle Edberg 67 68, Ernie Els 69 66, Miles Tunnicliff 68 67, Steve Webster 68 67 -6: Phillip Archer 68 68, Ariel Canete 68 68, Sergio Garcia 71 65, Mikko Ilonen 66 70, Ian Poulter 69 67, Sam Walker 67 69 -5: Gregory Bourdy 70 67, Robert-Jan Derksen 69 68, Thomas Levet 70 67, Graeme Storm 65 72 also: -2: Peter O&aposMalley (Australia) 70 70, Wade Ormsby (Australia) 70 70 -1: Matthew Millar (Australia) 72 69 missed cut: E: Marcus Fraser (Australia) 70 72 +1: Terry Price (Australia) 74 69 +2: Richard Green (Australia) 74 70 +6: Andrew Tampion (Australia) 77 71 +8: Brett Rumford (Australia) 75 75