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Friday, 19 March 2010

Thomas Bjorn has closed to within one shot of overnight clubhouse leader Thongchai Jaidee after shooting two birdies in the first eight holes of his second round at The Barclays Scottish Open.

The Dane, starting on the back nine at the Loch Lomond Golf Club on four under par, picked up strokes at the 13th and 16th, while Sweden’s Alexander Noren, who shared the overnight lead, took a bogey five on the first to fall to six under par and a four-way tie for second place.

Scotland Paul Lawrie has also made an excellent start, claiming a birdie on the 12th – he started on the back nine – and adding an eagle at the next to take his score to six under par. Alvaro Quiros of Spain has made a stunning start, picking up two birdies and an eagle in his first five holes.

Swede Pelle Edberg, who won a £45,000 luxury BMW X6 car for a hole-in-one on the 17th yesterday, was alongside Noren after picking up three birdies in his first six holes although he dropped back after bogeying the seventh.

World Number Six Ernie Els, twice a winner here and third last year, was also off to a good start, the South African playing in the group ahead of Phil Mickelson and carding birdies at the tenth and 13th to lie one under.

Mickelson was looking for to get back into contention at The Barclays Scottish Open, but having shot a level-par 71 in the opening round at Loch Lomond Golf Club, the left-hander began his second round with three straight pars to remain level par.

Jaidee is among the afternoon starters.

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5KHAN, SimonENG18-9
T6DINWIDDIE, RobertENG18-8
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