Clarke Increases Lead in Scotland





Darren Clarke seems at home in the wet Scottish weather as he increases his lead to three after the second day in Loch Lomond.

The Ulsterman moved ten strokes under par and three shot clear of second placed Molinari with a brilliant 67 in the rain. He may still have to fight of the challenge of the two Italian brothers with Edoardo just three shots behind and then a further two shots behind is his younger brother Francesco.

The Scottish Open is not the only thing these two brothers are fighting out for, both are still well in contention for Ryder Cup places and have three months to make sure they are on that list at The Celtic Manor.

Currently splitting up the two brothers in joint third is Welshman Bradley Dredge who finished with a round of 69 and Peter Hedblom who signed off a 69.

Clarke was able to grind out a score in extremely wet weather however when asked about the conditions he replied

“It wasn’t torrential heavy rain, it was just torrential rain. “If you’re from Ireland there’s a difference, a massive difference. “We knew it was going to be very hard, but obviously at home in Portrush I’ve had much worse than this.

Some big names have missed the cut and will be heading home early to prepare for the St Andrews Open. Ernie Els and world number two Phil Mickelson both missed the cut with rounds of 74 and 76 respectively. Vijay Singh was another of the big names to find themselves below the two-over cut line.