Friday, 19 March 2010

Last night Nick Dougherty dreamt of winning the BMW Championship – The Players’ Flagship and after moving into the early halfway lead after a second round of 69, three under par, the Englishman is well on the way to turning fantasy into reality.

With blustery winds and wet conditions making low scoring difficult on a West Course recently lengthened under the guidance of Wentworth Club’s touring professional Ernie Els, the 24 year old Dougherty birdied the last two holes for a total of eight under par 136.

Fellow Englishmen Paul Casey and Luke Donald and Frenchman Francois Delamontagne were in the clubhouse on five under 139.

“I did dream I had won this last night,” Dougherty joked. “I was very disappointed when I woke up this morning. It’s good thinking about outcomes, as long as you snap out of it. But to think about success and be ambitious certainly helps you. Gives you goof vibes.”

Dougherty was one of the few players to make a forward move on a difficult morning after an hour’s delay to the start of play, making amends for bogeys at the sixth and ninth by birdieing the eighth, 12th, 14th, 17th and 18th.

Donald took an early grip on the tournament when he used a seven iron to record a hole-in-one at the 146 yard second. But the 28 year old's form fell away after he claimed his first ace on the European Tour, three bogeys and a double bogey giving him a 72 for 139.

Delamontagne, making his debut in the BMW Championship, was delighted with his touch on and around the greens.

"My putting is very solid and my chipping is absolutely fantastic," he said. "My short game is very, very good. It's a little bit of a surprise for me to be up there because my swing is not fantastic. I missed a lot of drives."

The 27 year old from Rennes enjoyed his best season as a professional last year, finishing 68th on The European Tour Order of Merit.

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