Barham keeps lead, but Olly’s out

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Jose Maria Olazabal and Nick Dougherty missed the cut as England’s Benn Barham held the lead at the Austrian Open.

Jose Maria Olazabal and Nick Dougherty were among those to miss the halfway cut as England’s Benn Barham hung on to his overnight lead in Friday’s second round of the Austrian Open at the Fontana Golf Club in Vienna.
Barham’s rounds of 63 and 66 took him to 13 under par, his 129 total equalling the lowest of the European Tour season.
He goes into the weekend two in front of 2007 winner Richard Green, the Australian left-hander also returning a five-under 66 in the second round, and is three ahead of Scotland’s Scott Drummond (68).
Olazabal, however, crashed out on level par after going in the water and double-bogeying the short 17th for a 72, while Dougherty’s second successive 71 was not good enough either.
Low round of the day was a 64 from Welsh Ryder Cup hopeful Bradley Dredge, runner-up at the European Masters on his last start two weeks ago.
It included seven successive birdies (one short of the Tour all-time record) from the 14th, although placing of the ball was being allowed on the wet fairways.
Barham, yet to win on the circuit and down at 175th on the money list, has had an eagle and 12 birdies so far.
“You never know what will happen in this game,” he said. “I’ve been working with a new coach the last few weeks and it’s just a case of letting it go.
“I’m pleased with the direction it is moving. With the way my season is going I needed a different direction to freshen things up.Playing the same week-in week-out was frustrating.
“Robert Watts has given me a few new things to work on and I have been striking it well. As a golfer if you hit the ball well you think well and everything falls into place.
“There is a long way to go. I’ll try to treat it as another round with my mates at Chart Hills. The moment you get caught up in it the problems start to arise.”
Drummond, who earned a five-year exemption with his 2004 PGA Championship victory at Wentworth, is also striving to be among the top 115 money-winners who keep their cards at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old stands 158th, but victory for him or Barham on Sunday would mean they do not have to look at the standings any more.
ALL THE SECOND ROUND SCORES
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 71):

129 Benn Barham 63 66
131 Richard Green (Aus) 65 66
132 Scott Drummond 64 68
133 Chris Gaunt (Aus) 66 67, Pelle Edberg (Swe) 68 65, Mark Foster 65 68
134 Joost Luiten (Ned) 67 67, Soren Hansen (Den) 67 67, David Horsey 67 67, Pablo Martin (Spa) 66 68
135 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra) 65 70, Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 66 69, Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 67 68, Martin Erlandsson (Swe) 67 68, David Lynn 67 68, Brett Rumford (Aus) 64 71, Wil Besseling (Ned) 68 67, Gary Murphy 68 67, Iain Pyman 70 65, David Dixon 68 67, Markus Brier (Aut) 68 67
136 Marc Warren 68 68, Phillip Archer 65 71, Matthew Cort 68 68, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 69 67, Gregory Havret (Fra) 69 67, Bradley Dredge 72 64
137 Patrik Sjoland (Swe) 69 68, David Drysdale 69 68, Maarten Lafeber (Ned) 70 67, Ross McGowan 67 70, Alex Cejka (Ger) 69 68, Seve Benson 69 68
138 Richard Bland 68 70, Damien McGrane 71 67, David Howell 69 69, Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) 68 70, Klas Eriksson (Swe) 69 69, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 67 71, Simon Wakefield 68 70, Marc Cayeux (Zim) 71 67, Marco Ruiz (Par) 70 68, Alessandro Tadini (Ita) 68 70, Paul Lawrie 68 70, Inder Van Weerelt (Ned) 72 66, Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 71 67, Thomas Levet (Fra) 68 70
139 Lukas Nemecz (Aut) 71 68, Alan McLean 72 67, Birgir Hafthorsson (Ice) 73 66, Rafael Echenique (Arg) 69 70, Mads Vibe-Hastrup (Den) 69 70, Gary Lockerbie 68 71, Stephen Dodd 71 68, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 71 68, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 70 69, Cesar Monasterio (Arg) 71 68
140 Ulrich Van Den Berg (Rsa) 72 68, Alvaro Velasco (Spa) 66 74, Richie Ramsay 72 68, Steven O’Hara 69 71, Terry Pilkadaris (Aus) 71 69, Lee Slattery 67 73, Alexandre Rocha (Bra) 70 70, Callum Macaulay 66 74, Sam Walker 72 68
The following players failed to make the cut
141 Joakim Haeggman (Swe) 71 70, John Mellor 68 73, Hennie Otto (Rsa) 69 72, Phillip Price 70 71, Andrew Coltart 73 68, Alfredo Garcia-Heredia (Spa) 69 72, Paul Broadhurst 73 68, Kane Webber (Aus) 73 68, Alastair Forsyth 72 69, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 72 69, Santiago Luna (Spa) 74 67, Michael Hoey 72 69
142 Robin Goger (Aut) 71 71, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 71 71, Robert Dinwiddie 71 71, Francois Delamontagne (Fra) 70 72, Jean Van de Velde (Fra) 68 74, Scott Strange (Aus) 71 71, Nick Dougherty 71 71, Jose-Maria Olazabal (Spa) 70 72, Michael Jonzon (Swe) 73 69, Sam Little 72 70, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 72 70, Barry Lane 74 68
143 Anton Haig (Rsa) 74 69, Eirik Tage Johansen (Nor) 76 67, Mark Davis 72 71, Wade Ormsby (Aus) 72 71, Oliver Fisher 70 73
144 Greig Hutcheon 74 70, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 73 71, Chinnarat Phadungsil (Tha) 73 71, Gustav Adell (Swe) 74 70, Ally Mellor 72 72, Sven Struver (Ger) 69 75, Miles Tunnicliff 74 70, Emanuele Canonica (Ita) 75 69
145 Taco Remkes (Ned) 74 71, Patrick Niederdrenk (Ger) 73 72, Christopher Doak 72 73
146 Roope Kakko (Fin) 73 73, Branden Grace (Rsa) 72 74
147 Danny Lee (Nzl) 74 73, Peter Lepitschnik (Aut) 75 72, Christoph Pfau (Aut) 75 72
148 Jaakko Makitalo (Fin) 75 73
149 Clemens Prader (Aut) 76 73, Petr Nic (Cze) 75 74, Michael Moser (Aut) 79 70, Uli Weinhandl (Aut) 75 74, Jurgen Maurer (Aut) 78 71, Marcus Higley 74 75, Jordi Garcia Del Moral (Spa) 79 70, Moritz Mayrhauser (Aut) 77 72, Benjamin Palanszki (Hun) 74 75
150 Chenxiao Duan (Aut) 75 75, Claude Grenier (Aut) 74 76
151 Simon Griffiths 77 74
154 Leo Astl (Aut) 81 73, Vincent Abel (Aut) 78 76, Alex Larrazabal (Spa) 76 78
155 Kevin Berger (Ger) 78 77
157 Carlos Del Moral (Spa) 76 81
160 Sebastijan Ajster (Slo) 84 76
RTD: 74 Simon Khan, John E Morgan

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