Date: October 06, 2007

O’Malley shares lead through record

Australia&aposs Peter O&aposMalley shot a brilliant second round 64 to equal the course record at Carnoustie and lift himself into the joint lead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on 11-under-par, along with England&aposs Nick Dougherty and South Africa&aposs Hennie Otto. All three will be looking over their shoulders at the immense figure of South Africa&aposs World No 5, Ernie Els, who shot a second successive 67 to be just one shot behind. But for an unlucky break at the 18th when his approach shot rolled poorly Els could have been joint leader. O&aposMalley&aposs tour de force at Carnoustie included nine birdies with just one dropped shot at the difficult par three 16th. However, he very nearly arrived at the course without any clubs. The Australian said: “I picked up Steve my caddie and I was coming through Dundee and I heard something rattling in the boot of the car. As soon as I heard it, I knew I hadn&apost put the clubs in the car. I rang the lady at the guest house we&aposre staying in and she met me at Leuchars railway station with the clubs.” “My day really started yesterday. I was level par with four holes to play and I had three birdies on the last four holes. I managed to carry that momentum into today.” Els, who is tied on 10-under-par with Argentine Rafael Echenique, Spainiard Gonza Fernandez-Castano, Englishman Kenneth Ferrie and compatriot Anton Haig, said: “I&aposve got to be satisfied with 67. I missed a couple of putts here and there, but with the weather conditions as perfect as it was today, you know you want to shoot something low.” The tournament, conceived as a celebration of links golf, is played over three of the world&aposs best known and respected links courses – the Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship Course at Carnoustie and the highly regarded Kingsbarns Golf Links. For the Australiasian contingent, it&aposs been another mixed day in Scotland. After O&aposMalley set the pace, the nearest Australian on the leaderboard was Scott Strange, who slipped from second overnight to be three strokes off the pace at eight-under overall following a second round two-under 70. Two strokes further back is Brett Rumford (68) at six-under overall, while New Zealander Michael Campbell (71) and Australians Nathan Green (74) and Kurt Barnes (71) are all at two-under overall on the leaderboard. Matthew Millar (74) and Adam Bland (70) are at one-under, while David Diaz (72) and Peter Senior (70) are on even par after two days. Second Round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, St Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns, (Par 72): -11 Nick Dougherty 67 66, Peter O&aposMalley (Australia) 69 64, Hennie Otto 66 67 -10 Rafael Echenique 67 67, Ernie Els 67 67, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 67 67, Kenneth Ferrie 69 65, Anton Haig 68 66 -9 Thomas Levet 70 65, Jeev Milkha Singh 67 68, Steve Webster 65 70 -8 Phillip Archer 68 68, Soren Hansen 66 70, Peter Hanson 68 68, Padraig Harrington 70 66, Miguel Angel Jimenez 68 68, Scott Strange (Australia) 66 70 also: -6 Brett Rumford (Australia) 70 68 -2 Michael Campbell (New Zealand) 71 71, Nathan Green (Australia) 68 74, Kurt Barnes (Australia) 71 71 -1 Matthew Millar (Australia) 69 74, Adam Bland (Australia) 73 70 E David Diaz (Australia) 72 72, Peter Senior (Australia) 74 70 +1 Marcus Fraser (Australia) 75 70, Wade Ormsby (Australia) 71 74 +2 Steve Elkington (Australia) 71 75, Peter Fowler (Australia) 73 73 +4 Terry Pilkadaris (Australia) 77 71 +5 Jarrod Moseley (Australia) 74 75 +6 Terry Price (Australia) 77 73