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Golf: Richard Sterne and Trevor Fischer Jnr are tied for the lead at the Johannesburg open

South African duo Sterne and Fischer Jnr tied for the lead in Johannesburg

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17:26 GMT, 8 February 2013

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17:26 GMT, 8 February 2013

South Africa's Richard Sterne and Trevor Fisher Jnr are tied for the lead at the halfway stage of the Joburg Open, three shots clear of the chasing pack.

Sterne followed up his opening-day 63 with another blemish-free round of 65 today on the east course to join early leader Fisher Jnr on 15 under par for the tournament.

Fisher Jnr had looked set to take a comfortable lead into the third day after he shot a blistering 62 on the west course, just one stroke outside Charl Schwartzel's course record.

Faultless: Richard Sterne followed up his opening day 63 with a high quality 65

Faultless: Richard Sterne followed up his opening day 63 with a high quality 65

Faultless: Richard Sterne followed up his opening day 63 with a high quality 65

However, Sterne, who was runner-up to Stephen Gallacher in the Dubai Classic last week, continued his good run of form to stay in contention for his sixth European Tour title at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Course.

A birdie on the opening hole and gains at the fourth and seventh saw him quickly close ground on his compatriot before an eight-foot putt at the ninth saw him claim an outward score of 33.

Sterne then added birdies on three of the last four holes which saw him catch up with Fisher Jnr and repeat his effort from the opening day of finishing the round joint top.

'I did the right things and putted well. It's nice to not be behind going into the weekend,' Sterne told europeantour.com.

Man on a mission: Trevor Fisher Jnr shot a round of 62 to climb to the top of the leader-board

Man on a mission: Trevor Fisher Jnr shot a round of 62 to climb to the top of the leader-board

'It won't be easy on the weekend. The players that are five or six back can catch us as well. Charl's there, George (Coetzee) is due a win, so it's a long way from over.'

Fisher Jnr, who was named Sunshine Tour Players' Player of the Year two days ago, shot an eagle and seven birdies on the way to a nine-under-par round of 62 on day two.

'It was a great day out there,' Fisher Jnr said. 'Everything just happened for me and I sank the putts I needed to sink.

On song: Fisher Jnr shot an eagle and seven birdies

On song: Fisher Jnr shot an eagle and seven birdies

On song: Fisher Jnr shot an eagle and seven birdies

'I was happy and patient with myself – walked slow and did everything slow – and it was just a good day.'

Coetzee completed the all-South African top three on 12 under par while home favourite Schwartzel fired 65 on the west course to tie for fourth place alongside compatriot Keith Horne and Felipe Aguilar of Chile.

And Schwartzel was not surprised with Fisher Jnr's strong performance so far in the tournament.
He said: 'We played foursomes for South Africa Under-23s – I know how good he can be.'

England's Tommy Fleetwood finished on nine under par for the first two rounds after he carded 66 today to lie in a four-way tie for seventh while Scotland's David Drysdale and England's Richard Finch were another shot back in a cluster of nine players.

Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald set for Sunday showdown in Dubai

Duel in Dubai! McIlroy and Donald set for Sunday showdown on European Tour season finale

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15:39 GMT, 24 November 2012

It is hard to think of a more fitting climax to this fabulous golfing year than the two best players in the world going head-to-head in the final group of the final event, the DP World Tour Championship.

For No 1 Rory McIlroy, it is the chance to put yet more gloss on a season that has seen him win the money list titles on both sides of the Atlantic and claim his second major, the USPGA Championship, in record-breaking fashion.

For Luke Donald, it is an opportunity to close the gap at the top and claim an impressive fourth title for the second consecutive season.

Driving seat: But Rory McIlroy is not alone at the top of the leaderboard

Driving seat: But Rory McIlroy is not alone at the top of the leaderboard

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The odds favour McIlroy. Not only is
he the better player but, with its extravagant length and considerable
carries, this course offers a considerable advantage to anyone who can
hit it miles off the tee – and McIlroy can outdrive Donald by up to 75
yards.

But don’t rule out the stylish Englishman, who completed one incredible feat on Saturday and is closing in on another.

Donald, if you can believe this, has
now played 100 holes on this Earth Course measuring over 7,500 yards
without a single bogey.

The fabulous ton is made up of 68 pars and 32 birdies.

He finished last year’s tournament
with three 66s and has followed it here with rounds of 65, 69 and 66 to
tie McIlroy on 17 under par.

f Donald goes bogey-free on Sunday,
he will also become the first man to complete a European Tour event
without a blemish since the Swede Jesper Parnevik won the Scandinavian
Masters in 1995.

Just to emphasise its rarity, no man in America has played 72 holes without a bogey since Lee Trevino won in Tampa in 1974.

The future's bright: Luke Donald has been in superb form at the DP World Tour Championship

The future's bright: Luke Donald has been in superb form at the DP World Tour Championship

‘I guess that’s my game, to keep the ball in play and then, when I make mistakes, I save myself with a pretty good short game,’ said Donald.

‘It is still a statistic of which I am very proud. I think my previous longest run would probably be about 40 or 50 holes, so that puts it in perspective.’

On Saturday, as ever, the two men shot 66 in vastly different ways. Donald, dressed in a luminous orange shirt – ‘if you’re going to dress like an Easyjet pilot you better play well,’ he joked – made most of his gains on the front nine and closed with a trademark pitch and 4ft putt at the 18th.

There was a moment of good humour as he called in his caddie John McLean, who was standing about 20 yards away, and asked for help in reading the short putt.

As the excited Mclean pulled alongside him, Donald broke into a broad smile and said: ’No, you’re ok, I’ve got this.’

McIlroy had a slow start for the second day running, perhaps because he was still feeling a little under the weather.

‘I think the adrenaline got me through,’ he said.

Glamour game: Caroline Wozniacki was there to support McIlroy in Dubai

Glamour game: Caroline Wozniacki was there to support McIlroy in Dubai

There was certainly some adrenaline on show at the 12th. Here he hit such a long drive he had just a sand wedge for his approach. Donald, by contrast, was hitting a six iron.

But, as McIlroy acknowledged: ’It is one thing having such an advantage but you have to make use of it otherwise it can work the other way, and you start getting frustrated.’

As for Sunday’s duel, neither man tried to hide their excitement nor lessen its importance.

Said McIlroy: ‘I know I am going into next year as world No 1 and that’s great, but I badly want to win here and to do it playing with the world No 2 would certainly put an exclamation point on the season.’

onald believes he has the chance to gain psychological brownie points.

‘Anytime you go head-to-head against the best player in the world and win, you’re going to feel good about your game,’ said the 34 year old.

‘Up to last week it had been a solid season but if I follow up my win in Japan with a win here against Rory I’d have to rank it as a very good year.’

All to play for on Sunday, then. Oh, and good luck to South African’s gifted major winners, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen.

They start three behind and are desperate to prove this is not how it appears – a two-man show.

Tommy Gainey wins McGaldrey Classic

Gainey storms to victory in McGaldrey Classic after breaking course record

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22:37 GMT, 21 October 2012

Tommy Gainey carded a stunning final-day 60 to claim a one-shot victory in the McGaldrey Classic and earn his first PGA Tour title.

Gainey was seemingly out of contention as he began his final round tied for 29th place on six-under-par and seven shots adrift of joint leaders Davis Love and Jim Furyk.

However, the 37-year-old American charged up the leaderboard with brilliant blemish-free round that included eight birdies and an eagle to finish the day on 10 under and 16 under for the tournament.

Incredible: Tommy Gainey stormed to victory at the McGaldrey Classic

Incredible: Tommy Gainey stormed to victory at the McGaldrey Classic

That was enough to clinch victory with David Toms (63) second on 15 under after picking up birdies on four of his final five holes while Furyk (69) was two shots back after finishing with a bogey five on 18.

Gainey's 60 was a course record but he also had a chance to card only the sixth round of 59 in PGA Tour history when he was left with a 20-foot putt for birdie on the final hole.

However, his putt finished just short as he finished with a 60, the sixth player to do so on the tour since 2007.

Get in! Gainey was delighted when he holed a birdie putt on the 16th

Get in! Gainey was delighted when he holed a birdie putt on the 16th

Not your day: Jim Furyk went into the final round holding a joint lead with defeated USA Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III

Not your day: Jim Furyk went into the final round holding a joint lead with defeated USA Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III

The South Carolinan carded birdies on the first, third, fifth and ninth to reach the turn in 31 and get himself into contention, but it was on the back nine where he did most of the damage.

A birdie on 11 was followed by two more on 13 and 14 before he holed from a greenside bunker for eagle on the par-five 15th.

Gainey sank another birdie on the 16th before finishing with back-to-back pars as he just missed out on an historic 59.

Watching and waiting: Crowds gathered round Gainey as he chipped from the fairway on the 18th

Watching and waiting: Crowds gathered round Gainey as he chipped from the fairway on the 18th

Richie Ramsay wins European Masters

Scot Ramsay completes comfortable four-shot victory at European Masters

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16:10 GMT, 2 September 2012

Richie Ramsay claimed the second European Tour victory of his career after winning the Omega European Masters title by four shots at Crans-sur-Sierre in the Swiss Alps.

The Scot followed up a blemish-free 64 in his third round with a five-under-par 66 on Sunday which sees him move up to €763,254 million (605,000) in the race to Dubai.

Five birdies on the opening nine holes set up the 29-year-old, and although he bogeyed 13 and 17, an eagle on the par-five 14 made sure of victory.

Top dog: Scotland's Richie Ramsay won the European Masters

Top dog: Scotland's Richie Ramsay won the European Masters

Top dog: Scotland's Richie Ramsay won the European Masters

'I played really well,' Ramsay, whose previous title came at the South African Open Championship three years ago, told europeantour.com. 'It was nice to gradually gain some momentum through the week and find some form as the week went on.

'As the week went on, I got better and better and I couldn't be happier.'

There was a four-way tie for second, with Marcus Fraser, Fredrik Andersson Hed, Romain Wattel and Danny Willett four shots back.

Salute: Mathias Gronberg celebrates his hole in one at the third during the final round of the European Masters

Salute: Mathias Gronberg celebrates his hole in one at the third during the final round of the European Masters

Fraser (66) birdied the first and seventh before making a strong start to the back nine registering under-par scores on 10 and 11.

A bogey on 12 temporarily halted the Australian's momentum, but birdies on 14 and 17 secured a share of runners-up spot.

Andersson Hed (66) produced a bogeyless round, with birdies at one, seven, 14, 15 and 17, while Wattel dropped just one shot, at five, while scoring six birdies as the top four all finished with rounds of 66.

Close but no cigar: Danny Willett (right) was one of four players to finish tied for second

Close but no cigar: Danny Willett (right) was one of four players to finish tied for second

Englishman Willett (69) had an up and down day as although he dropped shots at three, 10 and 11, five birdies ensured he remained in joint second.

Willett's countryman Lee Slattery produced the round of the day to finish tied for 14th; his seven under-par 64 moving him up 40 places from the end of round three and featured eagles at the first and seventh.

Ryder Cup participant Paul Lawrie of Scotland carded a one-under-par 70 to finish tied for six, having started the day joint second behind Ramsay.

Richie Ramsay tops Omega European Masters field with flawless third round 64

Ramsay tops Omega European Masters field with flawless third round 64

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18:54 GMT, 1 September 2012

Richie Ramsay moved to the top of the Omega European Masters leaderboard after carding a blemish-free 64 in his third round at Crans-sur-Sierre in the Swiss Alps, with his fellow Scot Paul Lawrie losing the lead after a double-bogey.

Ramsay picked up birdies in three of his opening five holes before adding three more on the back nine to finish a weather-affected round on six under and move to 11 under for the tournament, one shot clear of Lawrie and England's Danny Willett.

At the summit: Richie Ramsay plays into the 17th green

At the summit: Richie Ramsay plays into the 17th green

Lawrie, who was named in the Europe team for the Ryder Cup having last week won the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, had looked on course to top the leaderboard heading into the final day after climbing to first place on the back of an eventful start to his third round, which included an eagle three on the first.

Following that he picked up four birdies, while dropping shots at the third and fifth, to reach the turn in 31 before adding another birdie at the 12th to move to 12 under.

However, a double-bogey seven at the 14th saw him drop back down and he could not pick up any more shots as he finished with four successive pars to card a 67.

Eyes on the prize: Ramsay lines up a put at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club

Eyes on the prize: Ramsay lines up a put at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club

Willett, meanwhile, followed up back-to-back 67s with a 68 today. He too started with an eagle at the first but dropped shots at the second, 13th and 16th threatened to leave him further down the leaderboard before he finished with successive birdies.

France's Julien Quesne, who was the overnight leader a shot ahead of Willett, slipped back to fourth on nine under par after carding an even-par 70 today after play had been suspended by an hour and 40 minutes due to thick fog.

Heavy overnight rain had also forced tournament organisers to make the par-four sixth hole a par three for the third round.

Difficult day: Paul Lawrie tees off

Difficult day: Paul Lawrie tees off

The 1995 winner of this event, Swede Mathias Gronberg, was one of three players on eight under following his 65, along with Wales' Jamie Donaldson (66) and Jaco Van Zyl of South Africa (67). Dutchman Joost Luiten, level par overnight, produced the best round of the day after he eagled the first and 15th in a seven-under-par 63.

Jim Furyk leads WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by two shots

Furyk maintains two shot lead at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

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23:15 GMT, 3 August 2012

Jim Furyk holds a two-shot lead heading into day three of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

The American is on 11 under after following up his opening-round 63 with a four-under 66 at the Firestone CC (South Course).

The overnight leader started well with a birdie four at the second and added another at the sixth before he bogeyed the eighth.

However, three birdies in five holes from the ninth then cemented Furyk's position at the top.

Still out front: Jim Furyk is two shots clear

Still out front: Jim Furyk is two shots clear

Spain's Rafael Cabrera Bello was second on nine under after an impressive 65. Two birdies in the opening three holes gave the 28-year-old a flying start, and consecutive birdies at 10 and 11 further strengthened his position. A dropped shot at 14 was cancelled out at 16 before he closed with another birdie.

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen leapt up the field following an impressive five-under 65. The 2010 champion collected four birdies in his final eight holes in a blemish-free second round.

World number one Luke Donald was closing in on clubhouse leader Furyk after a solid start to his second round but his inability to turn pars into birdies meant he could only card a 69, leaving him in joint sixth place on five under.

In a good place: Furyk leads going into day three

In a good place: Furyk leads going into day three

The Englishman parred 13 of his 18 holes, picking up birdies on the second, 12th and 14th but dropping shots on the 10th and 13th.

Donald's compatriot Lee Slattery will be disappointed with his round after a one-over 71 left him seven shots off the leader.

The world number 230, who was second after the first day, dropped a shot at the fourth but seemed to be heading for a solid round after picking up birdies at six, seven and 10. However he ended poorly with three bogeys over the final four holes.

Another of the English contingent, Simon Dyson, looked out of contention at the halfway stage after he too signed for a 71 to leave him three under for the tournament. He dropped shots at seven and 11 and, although he birdied 12 and 13, a bogey at the last spoilt his round.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, the 2011 US Open champion, was tied 12th with Dyson after an encouraging round of 67 saw him surge up the leaderboard.

David Mathis leads Travelers Championship ahead of Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson

Mathis outshines Simpson and Watson to grab early lead in Connecticut

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07:18 GMT, 22 June 2012

David Mathis outshone a trio of Major champions to take a first-round lead after a scintillating start at the Travelers Championship.

Attention beforehand had focused on last week's US Open winner Webb Simpson and reigning Masters and USPGA champions Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley, playing together in an eye-catching group.

All three scored well on day one at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, with Simpson and Watson shooting 66 and Bradley a two-under-par 68 to put themselves firmly in the hunt.

Driving force: David Mathis leads the Travelers Championship in Connecticut

Driving force: David Mathis leads the Travelers Championship in Connecticut

But none could match the efforts of Mathis, who missed the cut while Simpson was winning at San Francisco's Olympic Club but hit the ground running in spectacular style.

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Starting from the 10th, he followed an opening birdie with a hole in one at the 158-yard 11th before holing a 49-foot birdie putt at the next.

'It was an awesome start,' he told pgatour.com, before delivering a modest assessment of his ace. 'It kind of bounced and stumbled right and went right in the hole,' he said.

Further birdies followed at 14 and 15 to take him to six under, where he would finish his round after dropped shots at 18 and eight were cancelled out at the third and ninth.

'I was hitting a lot of great shots, and I guess it felt like a lull compared to how I started,' he added.

All smiles: US Open winner Webb Simpson and Masters champ Bubba Watson

All smiles: US Open winner Webb Simpson and Masters champ Bubba Watson

Sweden's Fredrik Jacobsen could have led the way but for a double-bogey five at the 16th, the only blemish on a card containing seven birdies.

He instead shares second place with American Will Claxton, who started birdie-eagle but saw a closing bogey cost him a share of the lead, and Australian Nathan Green, whose back nine contained five birdies and one bogey.

A shot further back, Simpson carded five birdies and just a solitary bogey, again at 16, while an eagle at the par-four 10th was the highlight of Watson's round.

Chippy: Freddie Jacobson on the 15th

Chippy: Freddie Jacobson on the 15th

'We were relaxed all day,' Simpson said. 'Bubba is my President's Cup partner. We always laugh together.

'And I've played a lot of golf with Keegan this year. He's a good friend. We had a lot of fun feeding off each other, and luckily, we all played well.'

Watson added: 'Any time you can play with those guys, it's fun.

'We learn from each other. We watch each other. We're making some jokes out there. We were having a good time.'

The group at four under also contains Rocco Mediate, runner-up to Tiger Woods in the memorable US Open play-off of 2008, as well as South African Tim Clark and England's Gary Christian.

Ian Poulter joined Bradley on two under, one behind another Englishman in Brian Davis, while Ireland's Padraig Harrington followed up his fourth place at the US Open with an opening 69.

But Patrick Cantlay, in his first professional event after a stellar amateur career highlighted by a 60 on this course last year, struggled round in a five-over-par 75 after opening with back-to-back double bogeys.

Rafael Nadal wins Barcelona Open against David Ferrer

Nadal gets better of compatriot Ferrer yet again to seal seventh Barcelona title

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18:24 GMT, 29 April 2012

Rafael Nadal continued his almost total domination of the Barcelona Open by defeating David Ferrer in to win the tournament for a seventh time.

The two Spaniards were meeting in the final for the fourth time in five years and, as was the case on each of the previous three occasions, Nadal emerged victorious with a hard-fought 7-6 (7/1) 7-5 win.

Party time: Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the Barcelona Open

Party time: Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the Barcelona Open

Party time: Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the Barcelona Open

In a match that lasted two hours and 40 minutes, Nadal faced 15 break points and managed to save 12 of them to record his 11th victory in 12 meetings with Ferrer on clay.

World No 2 Nadal, 25, has now lifted the Barcelona Open title seven times in the last eight years, with the only blemish coming in 2010 when he did not take part in the event due to fatigue and Fernando Verdasco took advantage to beat Robin Soderling in the final.

Out of luck: David Ferrer lost yet again to Nadal (below) in Barcelona

Out of luck: David Ferrer lost yet again to Nadal (below) in Barcelona

Out of luck: David Ferrer lost yet again to Nadal (below) in Barcelona

Sunday's success was the 48th title of Nadal's career and second of the year following his victory over Novak Djokovic in the final in Monte Carlo earlier this month.

Ferrer, the world No 6, was looking to win his fourth ATP World Tour title of 2012 but, despite a battling display, he once again came up short against his countryman.

Bernd Wiesberger claims Ballantine"s Championship title

Austrian Wiesberger claims Ballantine's Championship title in South Korea

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08:25 GMT, 29 April 2012

Bernd Wiesberger cruised to his first career European Tour title as he won the Ballantine's Championship in Icheon, South Korea by five shots from Scotland's Richie Ramsay.

Ramsay had the best round of any of the leaders with a seven-under 65 catapulting him up to second place, but it was not enough to catch Wiesberger who comfortably breezed home, enjoying birdies on three of the last four holes, including the 18th.

Wiesberger had begun the day with a five-shot advantage and never looked troubled as he focused on keeping mistakes to a minimum.

Sealed with a kiss: Bernd Wiesberger celebrates with the trophy after winning the Ballantine's Championship

Sealed with a kiss: Bernd Wiesberger celebrates with the trophy after winning the Ballantine's Championship

'I just tried to enjoy it and I had the three best rounds of my life,” said Wiesberger. 'I tried not to make bogeys and I did that pretty well, it was awesome.

'My game plan was to hit as many greens as possible and try to make putts, and they dropped in the end.

'I didn't get nervous, I had three or four shots. There was a pretty shaky moment at 12 but I made a great chip and a putt for par, but I just tried to enjoy it the last three or four holes in.'

The 26-year-old did not drop a shot over his final 59 holes in the tournament.

On his way to victory: Wiesberger teeing off at the 17th

On his way to victory: Wiesberger teeing off at the 17th

Ramsay had a blemish-free round, with seven birdies lifting him five places to second, two shots clear of Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, who fired a 66 to move up to third alongside Australian Marcus Fraser, who needed a birdie on the 18th to salvage a round of 70 following a bogey on the previous hole.

England's Anthony Wall had a final round of 67 to move into a tie for fifth alongside Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Ross Fisher had struggled for most of the week here, but a closing round of 66 – four shots better than anything else he had managed in the tournament – moved him up 17 places into a share of seventh alongside Paul McGinley, Alexander Noren, George Coetzee and Felipe Aguilar.

Gary Boyd shares the lead Volvo China Open

England's Boyd shares the lead in China but teen Guan finishes 12 over par

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11:51 GMT, 20 April 2012

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12:03 GMT, 20 April 2012

England's Gary Boyd shared the halfway lead at the Volvo China Open with Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Gonnet as he seeks a first win on the PGA European Tour.

The 25-year-old shot a five-under-par 67 to follow up his opening 66 and move to 11 under.

That total was matched by Gonnet, who was also five under today after six birdies and a solitary bogey at the 13th hole.

Out in front: Gary Boyd leads the way

Out in front: Gary Boyd leads the way

Boyd, meanwhile, started at the 10th but had a disappointing start when he failed to replicate Thursday's eagle at the 12th and dropped a shot on this occasion.

Focused: Boyd concentrates on the green

Focused: Boyd concentrates on the green

It would be his only blemish today, though, as he gained the shot back at the 18th and then carded five birdies on the front nine. His stand-out shot came at the fourth, when a superb approach out of the rough left him with a tap-in for a birdie three.

South Africa's Branden Grace lies third on his own, one shot behind the leading pair after a bogey-free 67 including an eagle two at the seventh.

A 67 left Nicolas Colsaerts on his own at nine under. The Belgian eagled the second and added five birdies and two bogeys on his five-under-par card.

Korean Choi Jin-ho also joined the trend for 67s today to finish at eight under, level with Australian Marcus Fraser and Spain's Ignacio Garrido who both made three-under 69s. A large group follow at seven under, including England's Danny Willetts and Oliver Wilson.

Scotland's Scott Jamieson birdied the last three holes to finish inside the two-under-par cut with a stroke to spare, while Ian Poulter was one of a host of players right on the line. The likes of Marcel Siem, Simon Khan and Ross Fisher missed out by one shot at one under.

Chinese teenager Guan Tian-lang, the youngest player ever to play on the European Tour aged just 13, found the going tough as he carded 79. He did manage birdies at the 18th and seventh, though, and his final 12-over-par total left him ahead of his more experienced compatriots Deng Le-jun, Zhang Yi-ming and Alexander Chen as well as Scotland's Marc Warren.