The tournament has a new leader. Again Welsh.

A position on the European Ryder cup team is edging ever closer for Donaldson . The Welshman closed out the second day of the tournament with a solid 69 and has remained as one of four golfers with under seventy. Stephen Gallacher, also had an impressive finish at 67 and currently shares third place. With his main rydercup opponent  down by two strokes It was an excellent day for the four-time winner of the European series, Frenchman, Grégory Bourdy. His score of 67 moved him out of a tie for second position.

“The course is in excellent condition. The greens on Albatross are in the top 3 on the European Tour. It is a very well prepared tournament ,” said Bourdy.

The new course record was set today by Englishman Tommy Fleetwood. Last year’s winner of the Johnnie Walker Championship with his unprecedented 65 on the day and 8 birdies, one bogey and the rest in par.  Unfortunately, Czech players didn’t do as well as had been hoped. None of the nine players made the cut. The best was Stanislav Matuš finishing with a score of +2. His result was only two shots below the cut. Aleš Kořínek, Lukáš Novák Tintěra and Vítek had an overall +4, Marek Nový +10, +13 for Rajmont Adam, Peter Gál and Petr Dědek +15, and Daniel Suchan +16.

The magic number was par and par was indeed your friend, as the cut line allowed 84 golfers to move on to the first flights scheduled at 7:10. 11:45 sees the trio of Stephen Gallacher, Tommy Fleetwood, Garrick Porteous and at 11:55 the last flight of Jamie Donaldson, Grégory Bourdy and Lee Slattery will tee off.