Wiesberger shoots low again to take Masters lead in Portugal
17:30 GMT, 13 October 2012
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger shot his
second successive 65 and leads the Portugal Masters by one with a round
to play in Vilamoura.
England's Ross Fisher had been three
clear at halfway, but could not keep the 27-year-old from Vienna at bay
as he continued his search for a third victory of the season.
Even when Fisher, without a win since
his Ryder Cup debut two years ago, had four birdies in five holes
around the turn Wiesberger matched them all to stay one behind.
Leading the pack: Bernd Wiesberger (left) leads Ross Fisher in Portugal
He then drew level with an 18-foot putt on the 14th – his sixth birdie in seven holes – and moved in front for the first time when Fisher could not get up and down after missing the final green.
Wiesberger, who stands 13 under par, said: 'After seven holes (all pars) I was not thinking about a 65, but then I played beautifully.
'It could have been a bit lower, but I'm very happy with that.'
On form: Bernd Wiesberger shot a second successive 65
Fisher, playing on with a strained ligament in his left foot suffered when he slipped coming off the first tee in his second round, said after his 69: 'It's challenging, but it was a lot easier than yesterday.
'It was heavily bandaged and I tried to take the weight off it as much as I could. It's quite bruised, but the swelling is not as bad as I told it might be.
'I'm disappointed to drop a shot on the last. I tried to keep my neck out in front, but there's still a lot of golf to play.'
Joint third on nine under are Irishman Shane Lowry, England's Richard Finch and, in a sudden return to form, New Zealander Michael Campbell.
The 2006 US Open champion has had a wretched time since that memorable week at Pinehurst and is down at 607th in the world.
Campbell has not had a top-10 finish on the European Tour since 2008 and two seasons ago made only one cut in 19 starts.
'It's seven years since my last win and I was surprised I was calm out there, but I've won enough around the world to know what to do and I'm pretty excited about tomorrow,' he said.
'The last three or four years I've put too much pressure on myself to perform. I've gone back to basics and it's fun once again.'
Return to form: New Zealander Michael Campbell
He and playing partner Lowry were both five under for the day before bogeying the last for 67s, while Finch – like Lowry a former Irish Open winner – did not drop a shot in his 66.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, at 48 trying to become the oldest winner in Tour history, finished with a 30-foot birdie putt for a 68 and is joint sixth with England's Mark Foster.
Padraig Harrington also birdied the difficult last, but that was for a 71 as he slipped from fourth to 12th.