Johnnie Walker Championship: English pair lead at Gleneagles

Richard Finch with his caddie


Richard Finch, Mark Foster
Paul Lawrie, Brett Rumford (Aus)
Gregory Bourdy (Fra), Paul Waring
Selected others: :
-5 Nicolas Colsaerts, -4 Colin Montgomerie, Richie Ryan, -3 Thomas Bjorn (Den)

England's Richard Finch and Mark Foster share a one-shot lead after the second day of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

Foster's second successive 68 and Finch's 67 put them on eight under at the midway point of the tournament.

Paul Lawrie and Australian Brett Rumford are joint-second while the former's fellow Scots Colin Montgomerie and Richie Ryan are four under.

Day one leader and Ryder Cup hopeful Nicolas Colsaerts is five under.

The Belgian needs a top two finish to force his way into the European team for next month's event in Illinois, otherwise captain Jose Maria Olazabal will have to choose between Colsaerts and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington.

"It was not enjoyable," said Colsaerts after his two-under second round of 70, which included three birdies in the last five.

Mark Foster
Foster shares the lead with countryman Finch

"It wasn't a very convincing round until a couple of holes to go."

Lawrie and Italian Francesco Molinari, tied for ninth after a second-day 68 lifted him to four under, are the only two certain members of Olazabal's side in the field at Gleneagles.

Olazabal himself missed the cut along with his vice-captains Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley.

Defending champion Thomas Bjorn remains in touch at three under after a second round of 71 and victory may boost the Dane's chances of being one of Olazabal's wildcard picks.

Tournament chairman Montgomerie is bidding to become the oldest winner in European Tour history.

"It was okay," said the 49-year-old.

"To have four birdies in a row, five birdies in the first seven holes I played was super. I got off to a flying start and then I hung on really at the end.

"It's a good score, 68's okay and it gives me an opportunity to do quite well at the weekend. How well? I don't know, we'll just have to wait and see."

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