Donaldson one ahead in Prague

European Tour

Jamie Donaldson holds a one stroke lead after the second round of the Czech Masters on Friday.

The Welshman, who started the second round with a one shot lead, managed to maintain this cushion after he carded a three under 69 on the Albatross Golf Course in Prague.

Donaldson was off to a relatively slow start, with two birdies and a bogey on his opening nine holes. However, he recovered to make a quick turn with four birdies on his next six holes.

He looked like he would extend his overnight lead before a poor chip on the seventh lead to a bogey. Donaldson would then miss the green on the eighth, dropping another shot and cutting down his lead to just one over Gregory Boury of France, who shot a five under 67.

“I played nicely again and made a lot of birdies out there today, but a few bogeys so if I can go out there tomorrow and play as well as I’ve played over the last couple of days I’ll be in a strong position going into the final round,” the 38-year-old told europeantour.com.

“Overall it was a solid day but like I said it could have been very good out there. I won’t dwell on the poor shots; I played two pitches at seven and eight and misjudged them both so one’s come out hot and one’s come out dead. That slowed the run down, up until that point I was really motoring.

“It’s a great golf course, it’s generous off the tee and you’re setting yourself up for birdies on a regular basis so it’s more of the same and go and attack at the weekend.

“I’m playing good stuff, today it was a really low one early doors and then the wind picked up a little but it was there for the taking so we’ll see how it pans out weather-wise and try and take the opportunities when they come.”

Should Donaldson win the event, it would book him a place in the European Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles.

Meanwhile, two shots back on seven under are a whole host of chasers, including Ryder Cup contender Steven Gallacher, Tommy Fleetwood, Garrick Porteous and American John Hahn.

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