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Saturday, 23 May 2009

Scotland’s Ross Drummond opened a two shot lead at the US Senior PGA Championship after a four under par 66 at Canterbury Golf Club, and admitted he had surprised even himself.

Drummond is playing his third year on The European Senior Tour after a 26 year career on The European Tour which failed to yield a tournament win.

But he put himself on course for a first Senior title in some style as he attempts to become the first European winner of the event in 52 years. Drummond equalled the course record at Canterbury Golf Club, taking just 24 putts in a superb round.

"I felt my game was good enough to make the cut," Drummond said. "But I didn't expect to be in or near the lead. I would say, yes, I'm very surprised.

"I'm obviously delighted with the outcome.  I was happy with shooting 70 yesterday.  I thought that was quite an achievement.

"My round today was a little bit up and down to start with.  I had two birdies and two bogeys. Actually a bogey followed the birdie each time on the front nine.  So I wasn't really making any headway.  But obviously I was happy staying around par.  And then on the back nine I just made three birdies in the first four holes on 10, 11, and 13.  And so that just kind of kick started things and I managed to just hold on.

"I couldn't believe I made just 24 putts. That should give me confidence for tomorrow."

Among the chasing pack on two under going into the weekend is another of the European contingent – Germany’s Bernhard Langer, who compiled a second round 70.

Langer is joined on 138 by the American quartet of Jeff Sluman, Scott Hoch, Tom Purtzer and Larry Mize.

While Langer, Mize and Sluman have all won majors, Drummond's most notable success came when he won four Scottish Professional Championships in the late 1980s.

When asked about winning, Drummond said. "It would be a dream come true, obviously. It would be an unbelievable achievement, and something to be very proud of. But I don't think I can even contemplate that."

Elsewhere in the field, England’s former Ryder Cup Captain Mark James is in a tie for 11th at level par, and Scot Sam Torrance and Ireland’s Mark McNulty are at one over.

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