Sun, Jul 06, 2003 - Page 22 News List

Darren Clarke, Phillip Price share lead


Charl Schwartzel of South Africa watches his drive off the 9th tee during his second round of the European Open at The K Club in Straffan, Ireland, on Friday. He shot a course record of 64 putting him at 8-under-par and near the top of the leader board.


Ryder Cup players Darren Clarke and Phillip Price capitalized on cool, calm conditions at the K Club to share the lead halfway through the second round of the European Open on Friday while home favorite Padraig Harrington needed a 25-foot birdie putt to make the cut.

Clarke, his putting touch restored after intensive work with English putting guru Harold Swash, shot a four-under-par 68. Price, one of the three first-round leaders, compiled a 69.

On nine-under-par 135 for 36 holes, they led by one from South African teenager Charl Schwartzel, who compiled a week's-best eight-under-par 64, and Scotland's Alistair Forsyth. Forsyth, another who shot 66 Thursday, carded a second round of 70.

Schwartzel's round included a 25-foot putt for eagle at the long 10th, a 30-yard chip-in for birdie at the 15th and two 15-footers for birdies.

But compatriot and former US Open champion Retief Goosen, the third man to open with 66, slipped eight strokes to a 74 and is now five behind.

A trio on 135, two off the lead, includes Andrew Coltart of Scotland and the two oldest players on the Tour, 49-year-old Mark McNulty of Zimbabwe and Eduardo Romero of Argentina, who will be 49 on July 17, the first day of the British Open.

Colin Montgomerie had a dramatic first seven holes comprising a double bogey, two bogeys and four birdies. Then he parred the next 10 holes before a birdie at the last for a 71 left him on 139, four off the lead.

Irish favorite Harrington had problems for the second day but a 25-foot birdie putt from off the green at the last helped him to a second successive 73 and a place in the event for the weekend right on the cutoff mark of 146.

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