Clarke looking for a double Dutch

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Darren Clarke has given himself the chance to go ‘Double Dutch’ this weekend.

Darren Clarke has given himself the chance to go ‘Double Dutch’ this weekend.
After a second-round 67 on Thursday, defending champion Clarke shares the KLM Open halfway lead with Swede Peter Hedblom in Zandvoort.
And two more big names are already out with Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal both missing the halfway cut – Montgomerie for the third event in a row.
Nobody has retained the title since American Bob Byman in 1978, but Clarke’s hopes are boosted by the fact that this is the same Kennemer course on which he won by four last year.
“It’s one of my favourite venues. It sets up well for me and it’s always nice to come back to a place where you’ve done well,” said the Ulsterman, who has not had a single top-10 finish since his victory 12 months ago.
After mixing three birdies with three bogeys on the front nine, Clarke, who like last year has his sons Tyrone and Conor with him, came home in 31 by picking up more strokes on the 10th, 12th and 15th.
Hedblom has not even had a top-20 finish this season, but he joined Clarke on eight under par with his second successive 66.
“When you’re struggling it’s nice to get away from everything,” said the 39-year-old. “I’ve just had a three-week break and for part of that I took my motor boat and stayed on an island near where I live.
“I’ve been playing for so long that you learn that you have to keep frustration away. Last year was my best season, so I know I have the game.”
They are a stroke ahead of England’s Kenneth Ferrie, Welshman Bradley Dredge, Dubliner Peter Lawrie, Swede Oskar Henningsson and Australian Wade Ormsby.
Lawrie was 10 under and clear leader with three to play, but hit a wild drive down the long seventh and lost it, then followed that bogey six with a double bogey on the 418-yard ninth.
For that he drove left again, had to chip out and three-putted from only 15 feet.
“I played lovely apart from two bad shots,” the 35-year-old said after his 68. “But I’m only one behind and can’t really complain.”
Ferrie returned to Europe this year after losing his US Tour card and missed his first 11 halfway cuts, but was sixth at the French Open last month.
Henningsson, last November’s European Tour qualifying school winner, is seeking back-to-back victories after having two weeks off following his maiden triumph in the Czech Republic.
Former World Cup winner Dredge has had a double bogey in each of his first two rounds, but has also had an eagle and 10 birdies.
Ryder Cup captain Montgomerie improved nine strokes on his opening 76, but at three over crashed out by four.
Olazabal, battling rheumatic pains again, finished two over after a 72 and said: “I can’t put in the hours (of practice) that this game needs to be sharp.
“I didn’t play well and my putting stroke is not there either.”
A new course record of 63 was set by England’s Marcus Higley – it was his lowest round on Tour by three – as he moved to six under and the score was then matched by Spain’s Alejandro Canizares as he improved from two over to five under.
First round leaders Paul McGinley and Gary Orr both slipped back. McGinley had a 70 to remain six under and Orr’s 73 put him five behind.
ALL THE SECOND ROUND SCORES
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 70)

132 Peter Hedblom (Swe) 66 66, Darren Clarke 65 67
133 Wade Ormsby (Aus) 66 67, Oskar Henningsson (Swe) 67 66, Peter Lawrie 65 68, Kenneth Ferrie 66 67, Bradley Dredge 66 67
134 Carlos Del Moral (Spa) 67 67, Damien McGrane 67 67, Terry Pilkadaris (Aus) 69 65, Simon Dyson 67 67, Eirik Tage Johansen (Nor) 70 64, Marcus Higley 71 63, Paul Lawrie 66 68, Shane Lowry 66 68, Jamie Donaldson 66 68, Paul McGinley 64 70
135 Alessandro Tadini (Ita) 68 67, Gareth Maybin 67 68, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 72 63, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 66 69, Klas Eriksson (Swe) 67 68
136 Christian Cevaer (Fra) 70 66, Robert Jan Derksen (Ned) 70 66, Jorge Campillo (Spa) 65 71, Markus Brier (Aut) 67 69, Richard Green (Aus) 69 67, David Lynn 68 68, Barry Lane 68 68
137 Ulrich Van Den Berg (Rsa) 69 68, Gary Orr 64 73, Richie Ramsay 69 68, Garry Houston 67 70, Martin Erlandsson (Swe) 70 67, Andrew Coltart 68 69, Simon Wakefield 69 68, David Drysdale 72 65, Niclas Fasth (Swe) 69 68, Emanuele Canonica (Ita) 70 67, Mark Foster 69 68, Sam Little 70 67, Ross McGowan 70 67
138 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra) 71 67, Jeppe Huldahl (Den) 69 69, Sion Bebb 71 67, Phillip Price 66 72, Rafael Echenique (Arg) 69 69, Graeme Storm 71 67, Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg) 70 68, Alexander Noren (Swe) 72 66, David Dixon 72 66, Phillip Archer 74 64, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par) 74 64, Michael Jonzon (Swe) 69 69, Guido Van Der Valk (Ned) 71 67, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 69 69
139 Mikael Lundberg (Swe) 70 69, Chris Wood 71 68, Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 68 71, Shiv Kapur (Ind) 71 68, Benn Barham 71 68, David Horsey 73 66, Mark Brown (Nzl) 68 71, Simon Khan 68 71, Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 68 71, Callum Macaulay 66 73, Miles Tunnicliff 70 69, Peter O’Malley (Aus) 69 70
——————-The following players failed to make the cut——————-
140 Jonathan Caldwell 71 69, Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 70 70, James Kingston (Rsa) 69 71, Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) 70 70, Stephen Leaney (Aus) 71 69, Mark Mouland 71 69, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 68 72, Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 70 70
141 Joakim Haeggman (Swe) 70 71, Ake Nilsson (Rsa) 72 69, Joost Luiten (Ned) 71 70, Mads Vibe-Hastrup (Den) 71 70, Chinnarat Phadungsil (Tha) 71 70, Wil Besseling (Ned) 73 68, Iain Pyman 71 70, Matthew Millar (Aus) 65 76, Chapchai Nirat (Tha) 71 70, Alan McLean 69 72, David Howell 72 69, Marc Cayeux (Zim) 70 71, Alexandre Rocha (Bra) 68 73, Richard Kind (Ned) 71 70, Rolf Muntz (Ned) 71 70, Tim Sluiter (Ned) 73 68, Thomas Levet (Fra) 73 68
142 Richard Bland 69 73, Patrik Sjoland (Swe) 73 69, Stuart Davis 69 73, Francois Delamontagne (Fra) 69 73, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 74 68, Tadd Fujikawa (USA) 71 71, Jose-Maria Olazabal (Spa) 70 72, Sam Walker 74 68, Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 72 70, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 74 68
143 Robert Dinwiddie 74 69, Colin Montgomerie 76 67, Scott Arnold (Aus) 71 72, Pelle Edberg (Swe) 75 68, Scott Drummond 72 71, Stuart Manley 70 73, Alfredo Garcia-Heredia (Spa) 76 67, Steven O’Hara 75 68, Robert Rock 69 74, Mark Reynolds (Ned) 72 71, Inder Van Weerelt (Ned) 71 72, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 76 67, Michael Curtain (Aus) 73 70, Christopher Doak 69 74
144 Sven Maurits (Ned) 74 70, Roope Kakko (Fin) 71 73, Zane Scotland 69 75, John Mellor 70 74, Branden Grace (Rsa) 74 70, Danny Willett 70 74, Maarten Lafeber (Ned) 71 73, Gary Lockerbie 72 72, Sven Struver (Ger) 72 72, Pablo Martin (Spa) 72 72
145 Brett Rumford (Aus) 73 72, Jules De vries (Ned) 73 72, Floris De Vries (Ned) 71 74, Lee Slattery 71 74, Ronald Stokman (Ned) 77 68
146 Jurien Van der vaart (Ned) 70 76, Alvaro Velasco (Spa) 71 75, Gary Murphy 76 70, Marc Warren 72 74, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 74 72, Reinier Saxton (Ned) 76 70, Santiago Luna (Spa) 72 74
147 Christian Nilsson (Swe) 74 73, Taco Remkes (Ned)

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