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Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open
The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, United Kingdom - Scotland 11 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019
Friday, 12 July 2019
The Renaissance Club  (Getty Images)
The Renaissance Club (Getty Images)

An amazing Austrian, more low scores and a perfect Welsh double dominated proceedings on a thrilling day two of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.

Here is everything you need to know as the Rolex Series kept on rolling at The Renaissance Club.

Wiesberger steals the show

Bernd Wiesberger had played 240 European Tour events coming into this week with five wins but never before had he shot a round as low as his 61 on the East Lothian coast. He carded five closing birdies to post a ten under total and get to 14 under for the week alongside Lee Slattery and Erik van Rooyen. "I hadn't shot ten under in a professional event yet, so that was a nice bonus," he said. "It's just going with the flow and things worked out very well today. I'm not thinking too much and just keep doing what I'm doing." Henrik Stenson and Nino Bertasio are two shots off the lead.

Chase the ace.........again

We had two holes-in-one on the 15th on Thursday and another on Friday but that was not the ace that stole the show in round two, as Bradley Dredge's five iron from 200 yards on the 17th won him a BMW G07 X7 xDrive40i M Sport. Fellow Welshman Stuart Manley was the man to hit a perfect shot on the 15th, adding to the efforts by Kalle Samooja and Trevor Immelman to take the tally for the week to four. Since 1999, there have only been two European Tour events with five holes-in-one and none with six. Will they keep chasing the ace over the weekend?

Forza Italia!

Francesco Molinari is the reigning Race to Dubai and Open Champion but he is not the only Italian making a big impact on the European Tour. Bertasio is just two shots off the lead in Scotland and Lorenzo Gagli and Guido Migliozzi are just a shot further back. Add in Francesco's brother  Edoardo Molinari and Renato Paratore at ten under and we have five Italians in the top 19. The Ryder Cup is in Italy in 2022 and with the wealth of talent being produced, you wonder how many local heroes could make that team.

Hill on the climb

Scot Calum Hill was a winner on the European Challenge Tour last season but needed to enter the qualifying event on Sunday to make it to his home open. He finished at ten under at Longniddry Golf Club to make it into the field and has not looked back since, following an opening 68 with a bogey free 64 to sit just four shots off the lead. "Not having a European Tour card and not being in events like this every week, I would imagine that I wouldn't be expected to perform or challenge for the lead. But everybody sets their own goals, don't they," he said.

A birdie from history

The five under par cut tied the lowest of the season on the European Tour but it was so close to being a history maker. There were 64 players at six under or better and if one of the 16 players at five under had made one more birdie, the cut would have moved to that mark. We have had two cuts of six under before in European Tour history but never one at a score of 136. Fine margins.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1WIESBERGER, BerndAUT18-22
2HEBERT, BenjaminFRA18-22
3LANGASQUE, RomainFRA18-20
T4JOHNSTON, AndrewENG18-19
T4PUTNAM, AndrewUSA18-19
T4STENSON, HenrikSWE18-19

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