Jamieson slips, but bounces back

Overnight leader Scott Jamieson hit early trouble in Friday’s 2nd round of the Open de España but is still in the hunt.

Playing in what will only be his 11th European Tour event, the late-starting 27-year-old rookie teed off today with a pace-setting 66 lost his overnight lead with three bogeys on his first six holes but then birdied the seventh, the 12th and the 16th to return to six under par with a 72 that put him back on top of the leaderboard.

However, he would not be left in splendid isolation for long.

Local favourite Pablo Larrazabal, playing on his home El Prat course, and South African Thomas Aiken were quick to join Jamieson out in front when they teed off again in their second rounds .

Former French Open champion Larrazabal birdied the long second while Aiken, back this week from a seven-week lay-off and a lot less rusty than he thought he would be, picked up strokes at the 10th and 14th after teeing off from the 10th.

Earlier England’s Steve Webster, who was joint second in the clubhouse after his opening 67, had floundered so badly, his second-round 79 that included triple-bogey sixes on two of the par threes, looking as it would cause him to miss the halfway cut.
Indian Jeev Milkha Singh was another who started with a 67, but then fell back to three-under with a 74.

Title favourite Miguel Angel Jimenez, second to world number one Lee Westwood in Korea on Sunday, was on the same mark but then double-bogeyed the eighth – his 17th – and had to settle for a 72 and one-under aggregate.

Colin Montgomerie had hopes when he teed off at two under, of getting up among the front runners in the chasing pack after the second round but he followed an opening birdie with three bogeys on the next five and with nothing better than pars for the rest of the round he was only able to hand in 74 and level par total – the same halfway total carded by Jose Maria Olazabal, his successor as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain.