Scottish Open, Noren & Molinari tied at top July 13 2012
Francesco Molinari/ Getty ImagesThe Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, this tournament is tied at the top after the second round, with Alexander Noren joining first round leader Francesco Molinari. Both players are at -12 under par for the tournament, Alexander enjoyed a second round of -6 under par 66 and Francesco had a more conservative -2 under par 70.
Alexander Noren/ Getty ImagesThe top of the board is now quite compact, with two players at -11 under par, one of which is Matteo Manassero, the Italian teenager who had a marvelous -8 under par round. Shooting the same -8 under score was Ricardo Gonzales from Argentina, and he is with Matteo in second spot. They must all be looking over their collective shoulders at the looming presence of world number one, Luke Donald, at -9 under par for the tournament is very nicely placed to attack the course on the weekend. Alongside of Luke with the same tournament score is German Martin Kaymer, who seems to be returning to some good form and will also be contesting coming down the stretch on Sunday afternoon. Luke Donald has admitted the pressure of not winning a Major, mainly a mental approach problem; “I’ve realised it for a while, I’ve understood that for probably a couple of years. I know it’s a difference in myself. I get a little bit more agitated, a little bit more anxious.” Phil Mickelson recovered nicely from his poor first round to fire in a -8 under par 64 second round and is certainly not out of this tournament. Five shots adrift with two rounds to go, that target is easily surmountable to man with his exquisite skills. The cut for this tournament was set at -4 under par, and of those failing to meet that mark were, Paul Lawrie -2, Paul McGinley -2 and Colin Montgomerie -1. Paul Lawrie, who was caddied by his 16-year-old son, was very disappointed not to make the cut. Putting was the main cause of his problems, perhaps Paul should contact White Dragon Golf about their new generation putter. Paul said; "I hit the ball really good and didn't miss a fairway, something I've not done for a long time. That's the positive, but putting was the problem again. In fact, it was awful. I shot three under having 33 putts . I've been struggling on the greens the last few weeks, to be honest. I know where it comes from, which is the good thing, so it won't take long to fix it. I'll put in a couple of hours over the next couple of days. It's a pity as you want to put up a decent show in your home tournament, but you can't putt like that and expect to make the cut, never mind contend."