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Even from the depths of 256th in the world, Bradley Dredge is ambitiously looking towards the Ryder Cup.

Even from the depths of 256th in the world and 105th on the European Tour, Welshman Bradley Dredge is ambitiously looking at the Ryder Cup in Wales next year,
Two days into the 12-month race for places, the 36-year-old Welshman makes no secret of his desire to be part of Colin Montgomerie’s side – in Wales, of course.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, and my intention is to get into that team,” said Dredge, after shooting a sizzling second-round 65 that put him in joint second place on 9-under with Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez. behind the new leader, South African Thomas Aiken, at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.
“For me, the Ryder Cup is my goal. That’s it – I’m looking at starting a year-long new season from this week onwards.”
With first-round leader Brett Rumford following up his dazzling, opening 62 with a disappointing 73 and Simon Dyson’s 71 eight shots worse than the previous day, it was all change at the top.
Aiken, joint eighth in The Open in July and six times a winner in his home country, fired a 64 with an eagle and six birdies to take over the lead in the race for a first prize of more than £292,000.
Crans-sur-Sierre is the scene of former World Cup winner Dredge’s last victory three years ago – he won by eight – and 12 months after that, he missed out on a play-off by only one shot.
Now it could be the place where he not only secures his Tour card for another season, but starts to turn his dream into a reality.
Only last week Montgomerie said he would “like a Welsh involvement” in the attempt to win back the trophy from the Americans.
That was music to Dredge’s ears.
“Having three Irish guys in the 2006 team made a difference to the atmosphere at The K Club, and it would be great to have at least one of us there next year,” he said.
Six behind Australian Rumford after his opening 68, he had three birdies on each half in the second group of the day.
“Conditions were close to perfect,” he added.
“Luckily the rain and snow that people were talking about didn’t happen.”
Jimenez, twice a runner-up in the event, did have to contend with showers – rain, not snow, although that may be to come. But he stayed in the hunt with a 68.
Dyson, KLM Open champion in Holland two weeks ago, dropped to fourth alongside fellow Englishman Ross McGowan, Ireland’s Paul McGinley and Filipino Angelo Que, part of the 35-strong Asian Tour contingent in this first co-sanctioned event in Europe.
Jimenez is one four members of last year’s cup side in the tournament, and the other three – Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell and
Oliver Wilson – all stand four under.
So do Rory McIlroy, chasing a win that would take him top of the money list for the first time, and Chris Wood – third in The Open in July.
Also on the same mark are 16-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero, youngest-ever winner of the British amateur title in June and then a spectacular 13th at Turnberry, and 19-year-old New Zealander Danny Lee – who in February became the Tour’s youngest-ever winner.
Dredge was paired with Manassero and Lee and realised that their combined age was less than his own.
It might have made him feel old, but he should remember that Tom Watson was 60 today – and look what he did in The Open.
ALL THE SECOND ROUND SCORES
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par: 71)

132 Thomas Aiken (RSA) 68 64
133 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 65 68, Bradley Dredge 68 65
134 Angelo Que (Phi) 69 65, Paul McGinley 66 68, Simon Dyson 63 71, Ross McGowan 67 67
135 Brett Rumford (Aus) 62 73, Christian Nilsson (Swe) 65 70, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 67 68, Alexander Noren (Swe) 65 70, Andres Romero (Arg) 65 70, Chapchai Nirat (Tha) 68 67, Johan Edfors (Swe) 66 69, Graeme Storm 69 66
136 Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 70 66, Benn Barham 70 66, Julien Clement (Swi) 69 67, Danny Willett 65 71, Pablo Martin (Spa) 70 66, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 65 71
137 Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) 68 69, Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 69 68, Shiv Kapur (Ind) 68 69, David Howell 68 69, Marcel Siem (Ger) 67 70, Darren Clarke 69 68, Alessandro Tadini (Ita) 69 68, Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 70 67
138 Chris Wood 66 72, Graeme McDowell 68 70, Oliver Wilson 70 68, Gareth Maybin 70 68, Metteo Manassero (Ita) 68 70, Mads Vibe-Hastrup (Den) 69 69, David Lynn 68 70, Danny Lee (Nzl) 71 67, Rory McIlroy 67 71, David Dixon 69 69, Tano Goya (Arg) 70 68, Lee Westwood 71 67, Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) 70 68
139 Luke List (USA) 70 69, Francesco Molinari (Ita) 67 72, Richard Bland 71 68, Maarten Lafeber (NIrl) 71 68, Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) 71 68, Scott Drummond 72 67, Paul Broadhurst 72 67, Peter Hanson (Swe) 74 65, Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg) 67 72, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 68 71, Peter O’Malley (Aus) 68 71, Gregory Havret (Fra) 68 71
140 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra) 68 72, Gary Orr 69 71, Michael Campbell (Nzl) 69 71, Robert Dinwiddie 74 66, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 69 71, Rafael Echenique (Arg) 71 69, Seve Benson 71 69, Gary Lockerbie 73 67, Anthony Wall 69 71, Anthony Kang (USA) 71 69, David Drysdale 70 70, Callum Macaulay 68 72, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 68 72, Mark Foster 70 70, Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 70 70, David Horsey 70 70
——————–The following players failed to make the cut—————-
141 Bryan Saltus (USA) 72 69, Christian Cevaer (Fra) 70 71, Richie Ramsay 70 71, David Gleeson (Aus) 71 70, Martin Erlandsson (Swe) 70 71, Anders Hansen (Den) 69 72, Scott Strange (Aus) 70 71, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 72 69, Lee Slattery 69 72, Trevor Immelman (Rsa) 74 67, Shane Lowry 72 69, Michael Jonzon (Swe) 72 69, Sam Little 72 69, Miles Tunnicliff 68 73
142 Joost Luiten (NIrl) 74 68, Branden Grace (Rsa) 72 70, Phillip Price 70 72, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (Ind) 69 73, Mark Brown (Nzl) 72 70, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 71 71, Gary Murphy 70 72, Scott Hend (Aus) 70 72, Marc Warren 71 71, Thomas Bjorn (Den) 72 70, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 69 73, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 66 76
143 Gaurav Ghei (Ind) 75 68, Pelle Edberg (Swe) 73 70, Chih-bing Lam (Sin) 68 75, Simon Khan 74 69, Kane Webber (Aus) 73 70, Niclas Fasth (Swe) 71 72, Markus Brier (Aut) 70 73, Adam Blyth (Aus) 72 71, Ken Benz (Swi) 71 72
144 Mikael Lundberg (Swe) 71 73, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 72 72, Phillip Archer 74 70, Klas Eriksson (Swe) 68 76, Steven O’Hara 72 72, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 72 72, Barry Lane 70 74
145 Carlos Del Moral (Spa) 72 73, Darren Beck (Aus) 74 71, Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 71 74, Francois Delamontagne (Fra) 70 75, Lian-Wei Zhang (Chn) 74 71, John Bickerton 71 74, Marc Cayeux (Zim) 71 74, Daniel Vancsik (Arg) 75 70, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par) 71 74, Michael Hoey 71 74
146 Andre Bossert (Swi) 72 74, Mitchell Brown (Aus) 76 70, Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) 74 72, Sung Lee (Kor) 76 70, Jason Knutzon (USA) 73 73, Mardan Mamat (Sin) 72 74, Oliver Fisher 77 69
147 Iain Steel (Mal) 74 73, Andrew Coltart 77 70, James Kamte (Rsa) 72 75, Chinnarat Phadungsil (Tha) 73 74
148 Steven Walther (Swi) 75 73, Robert Rock 73 75, Alvaro Velasco (Spa) 73 75, Taco Remkes (NIrl) 74 74,

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