Hanson joins leaders in Scotland

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The rain-plagued Scottish Open finally got back underway at Castle Stuart near Inverness on Sunday morning.

The rain-plagued Scottish Open finally got back underway at Castle Stuart near Inverness on Sunday morning.

Peter Hanson managed to grab a share of the lead in the now 54-hole event, making it a four-way tie at the top, as the second round was finally completed after numerous delays and a total washout on Saturday.

The Swede birdied four of his last seven holes to shoot 67 and lead alongside Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell and Scots Peter Whiteford and Scott Jamieson.

World number one Luke Donald also made a significant move, matching Hanson’s score to lie on ten under alongside fellow Englishman Barry Lane and Spain’s Jose Manuel Lara, only one shot off the lead.

Lee Westwood is two shots further back after a 71, tied with, among others, Colin Montgomerie, whose hopes of finishing in the top five and securing a spot in the Open field are still alive, though fading fast considering Jamieson, Lane and Lara all have the same goal and are ahead of him.

“I’m trying my best, but it’s a long shot now,” Montgomerie said. “I have a long way to go and I needed two more rounds to be honest.

“I’ll have to play like Luke – no mistakes. I’m throwing in too many errors.”

Donald was happy with his round.

“I’m in a good position,” he said. “It took a while, but it’s nice to get it done and hopefully we can play another 18 today.”

There is more rain in the area, though the course has recovered well from a deluge that even caused a landslide and made certain holes out of bounds to spectators.

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