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Tight pack chasing Brier at Dunhill Links

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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Markus Brier led the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by a stroke after the second round, shooting a 2-under 70 Friday on The Old Course.

Robert Karlsson (70), Soren Hansen (73), Martin Kaymer (72) and Rory McIlroy (69) trailed by one at 8-under 136.

A group of eight players were another shot behind, including Lee Westwood (70) and two-time champion Padraig Harrington, who birdied the last hole on The Old Course for a 71.

Westwood has played bogey-free for two days.

Only three players broke 70 in cold conditions, one on each of the three courses used for the event. Magnus Carlsson shot a 68 on The Old Course, McIlroy got his 69 at Carnoustie and Paul Broadhurst equaled that at Kingsbarns.

Brier bogeyed his first hole, the 10th, but birdied the short 11th after a 4-iron rolled to 3 feet of the cup. He made three more birdies and dropped one more shot.

The Austrian has two wins on the European Tour, including the 2006 Austrian Open.

Harrington, the British Open and PGA Championship champion, rallied in difficult conditions.

“I didn’t hole the putts. I played very well and didn’t get rewarded,” Harrington said. “But I holed a 15-footer for par on the 17th and a 12-footer for birdie at the last, so I feel good.”

Harrington will play the third round at Carnoustie, where he won the first of two straight British Opens.

One player unlikely to challenge for the title is Ernie Els, who shot a 76 on The Old Course after four straight bogeys from the second. He’s had five top-7 finishes in seven years at the Dunhill Links Championship.

“I just don’t have it this week,” the South African said. “I’m struggling with my back a little bit. I tweaked it this morning before I teed off. In this weather, it’s never going to warm up. It’s really stiff and tight.”

Former champion Colin Montgomerie was tied for 59th after a 75 at St. Andrews.

“I’m not performing to any of my ability right now,” Montgomerie said. “It’s just the consistency.”

Eleven of the 13 leading golfers will play Saturday at Carnoustie, the toughest of the three courses.

Scores with relation to par from the second round of the Alfred DunhillLinks Championship, played Oct. 3 at the par-72, 7,279-yard Old Courseat St. Andrews (s), par-72, 7,150-yard Kingsbarns Golf Links (k) andthe par-72, 7,412-yard Carnoustie Golf Links (c) in Fife, Scotland:

1. Markus Brier 66k-70s–136

-8 2. Martin Kaymer 65k-72s–137

-7 2. Soren Hansen 64k-73s–137

-7 2. Robert Karlsson 67k-70s–137

-7 2. Rory McIlroy 68s-69c–137

-7 6. Michael Campbell 68k-70s–138

-6 6. Lee Westwood 68k-70s–138

-6 6. Padraig Harrington 67k-71s–138

-6 6. Jose-Filipe Lima 67k-71s–138

-6 6. Magnus A. Carlsson 70k-68s–138

-6 6. Jarmo sndelin 66k-72s–138

-6 6. Gary Orr 66k-72s–138

-6 6. Raphael Jacquelin 68s-70c–138

-6 14. David Howell 66k-73s–139

-5 14. Marc Warren 66s-73c–139

-5 16. Ross Fisher 64k-76s–140

-4 16. Thomas Aiken 66k-74s–140

-4 16. Charl Schwartzel 68k-72s–140

-4 16. Thongchai Jaidee 69k-71s–140

-4 16. Gregory Bourdy 66s-74c–140

-4 16. Jamie Donaldson 70s-70c–140

-4 16. Peter Hedblom 69s-71c–140

-4 23. Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 68k-73s–141

-3 23. Louis Oosthuizen 70k-71s–141

-3 23. Charley Hoffman 69k-72s–141

-3 23. Mark Murless 69k-72s–141

-3 23. Peter Lawrie 70c-71k–141

-3 23. Thomas Levet 67c-74k–141

-3 29. Paul Casey 72k-70s–142

-2 29. Adilson Da Silva 71k-71s–142

-2 29. Ricardo Gonzalez 70k-72s–142

-2 29. Anthony Wall 66k-76s–142

-2 29. Miles Tunnicliff 68k-74s–142

-2 29. Carl Suneson 69s-73c–142

-2 29. Terry Pilkadaris 68s-74c–142

-2 29. Alvaro Quiros 68c-74k–142

-2 37. Francesco Molinari 68k-75s–143

-1 37. Jose Manuel Lara 68k-75s–143

-1 37. Thomas Bjorn 70k-73s–143

-1 37. Retief Goosen 67k-76s–143

-1 37. Graeme McDowell 68k-75s–143

-1 37. Andrew McLardy 69k-74s–143

-1 37. Marcus Fraser 66s-77c–143

-1 37. Fredrik Andersson Hed 69s-74c–143

-1 37. Lee Slattery 68s-75c–143

-1 37. Garry Houston 69c-74k–143

-1 37. Alejandro Canizares 70c-73k–143

-1 37. John Bickerton 71c-72k–143

-1 49. Henrik Stenson 70k-74s–144

E 49. Felipe Aguilar 68k-76s–144

E 49. Scott Drummond 67s-77c–144

E 49. Phillip Price 71s-73c–144

E 49. Johan Edfors 68s-76c–144

E 49. Shiv Kapur 72s-72c–144

E 49. Peter Fowler 68s-76c–144

E 49. Phillip Archer 67s-77c–144

E 49. Bradley Dredge 71s-73c–144

E 49. Mikko Ilonen 68c-76k–144

E 59. Colin Montgomerie 70k-75s–145
+ 1 59. Oliver Wilson 69k-76s–145
+ 1 59. Justin Rose 71k-74s–145
+ 1 59. Graeme Storm 72k-73s–145
+ 1 59. Richard Sterne 70k-75s–145
+ 1 59. Maarten Lafeber 71k-74s–145
+ 1 59. Nick Dougherty 74k-71s–145
+ 1 59. Niclas Fasth 69s-76c–145
+ 1 59. sm Walker 69s-76c–145
+ 1 59. Greg Chalmers 70s-75c–145
+ 1 59. Robert-Jan Derksen 72c-73k–145
+ 1 59. Paul Broadhurst 76c-69k–145
+ 1 59. Damien McGrane 71c-74k–145
+ 1 59. Oliver Fisher 70c-75k–145
+ 1 73. Darren Clarke 72k-74s–146
+ 2 73. Jeev Milkha Singh 71s-75c–146
+ 2 73. Stephen Gallacher 70s-76c–146
+ 2 73. Joost Luiten 73s-73c–146
+ 2 73. David Lynn 70s-76c–146
+ 2 73. Ariel Canete 68s-78c–146
+ 2 73. Steve Webster 70s-76c–146
+ 2 73. Ignacio Garrido 74c-72k–146
+ 2 73. Martin Erlandsson 72c-74k–146
+ 2 73. Peter Hanson 75c-71k–146
+ 2 73. Alexander Noren 73c-73k–146
+ 2 73. Edoardo Molinari 69c-77k–146
+ 2 85. Alastair Forsyth 70s-77c–147
+ 3 85. James Kingston 72c-75k–147
+ 3 85. Jamie Moul 68c-79k–147
+ 3 85. Richard Green 72c-75k–147
+ 3 89. Paul McGinley 73k-75s–148
+ 4 89. James Kamte 70k-78s–148
+ 4 89. Marc Cayeux 74k-74s–148
+ 4 89. Pablo Larrazabal 68s-80c–148
+ 4 89. Pelle Edberg 71s-77c–148
+ 4 89. David Drysdale 72s-76c–148
+ 4 89. Steven Jeffress 72s-76c–148
+ 4 89. Patrik Sjoland 72s-76c–148
+ 4 89. Mikael Lundberg 74c-74k–148
+ 4 89. Christian Cevaer 72c-76k–148
+ 4 89. Henrik Nystrom 73c-75k–148
+ 4 89. Robert Rock 71c-77k–148
+ 4 89. Michael Lorenzo-Vera 74c-74k–148
+ 4 102. Ernie Els 73k-76s–149
+ 5 102. Carlos Rodiles 71k-78s–149
+ 5 102. Chinnarat Phadungsil 73k-76s–149
+ 5 102. Gary Murphy 74k-75s–149
+ 5 102. Chris Rodgers 73k-76s–149
+ 5 102. Alex Haindl 73k-76s–149
+ 5 102. sm Little 72s-77c–149
+ 5 102. Emanuele Canonica 70s-79c–149
+ 5 102. Gregory Havret 74s-75c–149
+ 5 102. Alvaro Velasco 71s-78c–149
+ 5 102. James Nitties 69s-80c–149
+ 5 102. Scott Strange 72s-77c–149
+ 5 102. Kane Webber 75s-74c–149
+ 5 102. Marcel Siem 68s-81c–149
+ 5 102. Simon Dyson 70s-79c–149
+ 5 102. Matthew Millar 72s-77c–149
+ 5 102. Tony Johnstone 73c-76k–149
+ 5 102. David Dixon 68c-81k–149
+ 5 102. Jyoti Randhawa 74c-75k–149
+ 5 102. Paul Lawrie 72c-77k–149
+ 5 102. Robert Dinwiddie 75c-74k–149
+ 5 102. Jean-Francois Lucquin 72c-77k–149
+ 5 102. Simon Khan 71c-78k–149
+ 5 125. Richard Finch 78k-72s–150
+ 6 125. Warren Abery 72k-78s–150
+ 6 125. Rafa Echenique 72k-78s–150
+ 6 125. Andrew Coltart 72s-78c–150
+ 6 125. Peter O'Malley 72s-78c–150
+ 6 125. Won Joon Lee 68c-82k–150
+ 6 125. Mark Foster 73c-77k–150
+ 6 132. Miguel Angel Jimenez 75k-76s–151
+ 7 132. Keith Horne 77k-74s–151
+ 7 132. David Griffiths 75k-76s–151
+ 7 132. Greg Owen 74s-77c–151
+ 7 132. Scott Hend 73s-78c–151
+ 7 132. Scott Barr 73s-78c–151
+ 7 132. Søren Kjeldsen 72s-79c–151
+ 7 132. Benn Barham 75s-76c–151
+ 7 132. Simon Wakefield 73c-78k–151
+ 7 141. Ewan Porter 75c-77k–152
+ 8 141. Michael Jonzon 71c-81k–152
+ 8 143. Chris Wood 70s-83c–153
+ 9 143. Titch Moore 68s-85c–153
+ 9 143. Stuart Manley 71c-82k–153
+ 9 143. Francois Delamontagne 76c-77k–153
+ 9 143. Iain Pyman 76c-77k–153
+ 9 143. David Frost 77c-76k–153
+ 9 143. sm Torrance 76c-77k–153
+ 9 143. Jean Van de Velde 76c-77k–153
+ 9 151. Jean-Francois Remesy 73s-81c–154
+ 10 151. Lloyd sltman 73c-81k–154
+ 10 151. Ross McGowan 75c-79k–154
+ 10 151. Julien Clement 73c-81k–154
+ 10 151. Adam Bland 75c-79k–154
+ 10 151. Peter Whiteford 77c-77k–154
+ 10 157. Pablo Martin 74s-81c–155
+ 11 157. Barry Lane 77c-78k–155
+ 11 157. Paul Waring 79c-76k–155
+ 11 160. Unho Park 77c-79k–156
+ 12 160. Tom Whitehouse 78c-78k–156
+ 12 160. Ryan Blaum 77c-79k–156
+ 12 163. Steven Bowditch 77c-80k–157
+ 13 163. Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 72c-85k–157
+ 13 163. Iain Steel 73c-84k–157
+ 13 166. Leif Westerberg 76s-82c–158
+ 14 167. Gary Simpson 76s-84c–160
+ 16 168. Anton Haig 81c-83k–164
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