SOTOGRANDE, Spain — Scotland’s Richie Ramsay shot a 1-over 72 to hold his two-stroke lead after the second round of the Andalucia Masters on Friday, in which only four players reached the halfway point under par.
Ramsay birdied No. 11 before a wayward drive led to a bogey at the 18th to drop him to a 5-under total of 137 at Valderrama.
“It was a really tough day and I hung in there,” Ramsay said. “I hit so many fairways and so many greens, but couldn’t get the ball to drop. But my ball-striking was good and I’ve got to take the positives out of it.”
France’s Gregory Havret had a mixed day — recording a seven for the second straight day after losing his drive at the 11th — but his 71 left him in second ahead of Sergio Garcia, who shot a second straight 70 to sit three strokes behind in third.
Garcia, coming off his first victory for three years, needs a win to secure a spot at next week’s HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
“Back-to-back wins would be a great thing, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” Garcia said. “Valderrama can catch you any time, you can never think that you have this course under control. That’s the beauty of if. A course doesn’t need to be long to be tough.”
Miguel Angel Jimenez finished the back nine in 4-under for a 70 that left him the only other player to go around Valderrama’s famed cork tree-lined course under par after two rounds at 1-under.
David Lynn of England was even-par after a second straight 71, while defending champion Graeme McDowell (73) and Martin Kaymer (75) were in a group at 4 over.
Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal (74) made his first cut in nine starts.