Johnnie Walker Championship. Relaxed Ricardo Leads At Half-Way. August 23 2013
Ricardo Gonzalez leads at the half-way stage of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
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Ricardo compiled a second consecutive round of -7 under par 65, to top the leaderboard on The Gleneagles Hotel course at -14 under par. This is the Centenary Course which will host next year's Ryder Cup at The Gleneagles Hotel.
Ricardo managed to birdie his last five holes to card his second consecutive 65 on the course, the 43 year-old currently lies 109th in The Race to Dubai, with only the top 110 at the end of the year retaining their playing privileges for 2014.
He reflected on a tough couple of years on Tour, and if he wins this week he dedicate the victory to Mum and Dad;
" The last two years have been very difficult personally, if I win I would like to dedicate it to my mother and father, that's my target this week. It's a very important week for me because I have not played well at the start of the season. To shoot two rounds of 65 is amazing. I had five weeks' rest to recharge my batteries. It's strange because I'm a professional golfer and I need competition, but I'm feeling great after five weeks off. It has made me more relaxed and I think that's the key to making a good score."
Bernd Wiesberger could not quite match the brilliant finish of Ricardo, but he still covered the back nine in 31 strokes to add a -6 under par 66, to his opening 65 and finish the 54 holes at -13 under par, just one shot back and firmly in second place alone.
Bernd is hoping to play in the Ryder Cup, and said that Captain Paul McGinley thinks he could represent Europe;
" I played with Mr McGinley in the final round of the Scottish Open and afterwards he said he was very happy with my game and thinks I can play myself into the team, that's something I really enjoyed hearing. It's good that I have my name up there and even though qualifying has not started yet it's important to play well at The Ryder Cup venue and make a statement that way."
Mark Foster and Tommy Fleetwood are at -11 under [ar after rounds of 67 and 65 respectively, to occupy third place. Mark admitting his search for a second European Tour victory ten years after his first is always on his mind.
"At the time it was not too bad,, but as it went on I thought about it more, especially every time I step onto the 18th tee here now, I'm not one for regrets. I stayed positive and hit drives and just made a bad swing rather than choosing a bad club."
Defending Championship Paul Lawrie is at -7 under par after two rounds,
"I hit it lovely today and I am in there again, I think I will probably need a low weekend with the way the scoring is going but as long as you are in there you have a chance."