Date: August 25, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Rumford one shot off pace at Gleneagles

England&aposs Mark Foster has shot his second consecutive 68 to remain in a share of the lead at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, while Australia&aposs Brett Rumford is just a shot off the pace. Foster is at eight under and shares the lead with compatriot Richard Finch who shot 67 on Friday. Rumford and Paul Lawrie of Scotland are a shot further back on seven under for the tournament. Foster birdied the first three holes in his second round and although he dropped a shot on the 13th, birdies on the 14th and 18th completed a four-under 68. Finch started the day poorly with a bogey on the par-four first hole. But the 35-year-old recovered to be one under for the day after the front nine and then added five birdies and a bogey in his run home to move to the top of the leaderboard alongside Foster. Rumford, who started the day as outright leader, completed a bogey-free second round but could only manage two birdies to drop to second overall. After bogeying the opening two holes, Lawrie did not drop a shot for the rest of the second day at the Johnnie Walker Championship with an eagle on the ninth hole sparking his recovery. The 43-year-old Scotsman managed three birdies on the back nine to move within a stroke of the leaders. France&aposs Gregory Bourdy and Paul Waring of England are tied for fifth on six under, a shot ahead of Belgium&aposs Nicolas Colsaerts and another Englishman, David Howell. The other Australian apart from Rumford to have made the cut at the European Tour event was Daniel Gaunt, who dropped 27 spots after a one-over second round of 73 but qualified with an overall score of one under. Compatriots Matthew Zions, Andrew Dodt, Marcus Both, Richard Green, Marcus Fraser and Scott Strange all missed the cut. Click for LIVE SCORES