Friday, 19 March 2010
Markus Brier  (Getty Images)
Markus Brier (Getty Images)

Markus Brier holds the lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after a second round 70 at St Andrews took him to eight under par.

The Austrian’s two under par effort followed a 66 at Kingsbarns yesterday and gives him a one shot lead in the clubhouse.

Brier - looking for a first win since the 2007 Volvo China Open - leads by a shot from of five players.

Brier bogeyed the second but back to back birdies at the sixth and the seventh showed he had not lost the impressive form he showed yesterday.

He dropped a shot at the tenth but pulled it straight back with a two at the 174 yard 11th.

A birdie at the par four last completed a round of 70 and gives him a narrow advantage over Rory McIlroy, Søren Hansen, Martin Kaymer, Gary Orr and Robert Karlsson.

McIlroy ended the day seven under par after an impressive three under round at Carnoustie.

McIlroy - playing with football legend Sir Bobby Charlton - reached the turn in 36 with a solitary birdie and a bogey.

But three birdies in a row from the tenth , including one at the par five 12th, took him to within one shot of the lead.

The Northern Irishman picked up another shot at 17 to go level with Kaymer but he dropped a shot at the last to close the day with a 69.

Martin Kaymer reached nine under par at one stage during his round at St Andrews, having blazed round Kingsbarns in 65 yesterday.

But three bogeys in five holes, including a pair at the par four 16th and 17th saw him relinquish his lead before a birdie at the last took him back to seven under.

Hansen - who held a share of the lead overnight after a 64 yesterday - was set back by consecutive bogeys at the fifth and the sixth.

He pulled a shot back at the par four 12th only to record a five at the par four 16th.

But he finished with a birdie at the short 18th to close with a one over 73.

Out on the course, Orr is one under for his round after 15 holes at The Old Course.

The Scot had three birdies and three bogeys on the front nine but after the turn he birdied the first and third, which with a bogey at the second took him to seven under.

Karlsson is also playing St Andrews, and the Swede - still in with a chance of claiming The European Order of Merit title - is two under for his round after 13 holes.

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