Alfred Dunhill Links: Raphael Jacquelin moves into lead

Raphael Jacquelin
Jacquelin shot a two-under round of 70 after a 65 on Thursday
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship leaderboard
-9 R Jacquelin (Fra); -8 P Harrington (Ire), A Levy (Fra), S Lowry (Ire), O Wilson (Eng); -7 R Ramsay (Sco), R Palmer (USA), C Doak (Sco)

Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin leads by one shot going into the weekend at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Jacquelin's countryman, Alexander Levy, Irish duo Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry and England's Oliver Wilson are one behind on eight under.

Scots Chris Doak and Richie Ramsay are tied for sixth. alongside American Ryan Palmer, on seven under.

World number one Rory McIlroy is tied for 20th on four under, as is Ryder Cup team-mate Victor Dubuisson.

Raphael Jacquelin
"I've been working hard for the last 20 years to be in this position."

Francesco Molinari and Ernie Els are among those in danger of missing the cut, with the top 60 professionals progressing.

The luck of the draw had a major impact, with 11 of the top 12 scores coming from players who played Kingsbarns on Friday and Carnoustie on Thursday.

Jacquelin, Lowry and Wilson, who played at Carnoustie, then Kingsbarns, will be on St Andrews' Old Course on Saturday, while Lowry will play Carnoustie.

Padraig Harrington
Harrington is one shot behind after two rounds

Wind and rain made scoring more difficult on Friday, but Jacquelin birdied his final two holes to move into pole position for a fifth European Tour title, carding a second round of 70 in the pro-am event to finish nine under par.

The Frenchman, whose last win came after a record-equalling nine-hole play-off in the Spanish Open last year, said: "I've been working hard every year for the last 20 years to be in this position.

"I feel good. It's a long weekend. It's a lot of golf to play, so it's not that easy. You just have to stick to the same plan and see what happens."

Lowry, who finished joint-third in this event 12 months ago, was the only player in the top 12 to play at St Andrews on Friday, meaning he will face Carnoustie on Saturday before the final round is again played over the Old Course.

Harrington won the first of his consecutive Open titles at Carnoustie in 2007 but has not won on a major worldwide tour since his 2008 US PGA triumph.

The 43-year-old was a vice-captain at last week's Ryder Cup and, although he admits he has a lot more to learn before he could consider captaining Europe, he has set himself an ambitious target.

"I think I've got to get inside the top 15 in the world to make the Olympics in 2016," said Harrington, who is currently ranked 324th.

"I've got 22 months to go. I'm starting at absolute zero probably at the moment. I really feel good about my game, so I believe I can do it."

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