(Reuters) – Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger birdied his ultimate 5 holes and surged right into a percentage of the midway lead with Lee Slattery and Erik Van Rooyen on the Scottish Open on Friday.
Wiesberger persevered his contemporary sizzling shape, carding a course-record 10-under-par 61 in the second one spherical on the Renaissance Membership in North Berwick on some other day of low scoring.
Englishman Slattery and South African van Rooyen (each 64) matched Wiesberger at 14-under 128, two strokes forward of Swede Henrik Stenson and Italian Nino Bertasio.
American Justin Thomas was once 3 pictures again, whilst Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy trailed by way of six.
Joint chief Wiesberger has returned to shape with a vengeance lately after being knocked again by way of a wrist damage that stored him out of motion for seven months ultimate yr.
Wholesome once more, the 33-year-old Austrian received the Made in Denmark match in Might, his 5th Ecu Excursion victory, and tied for 2d on the Irish Open ultimate Sunday.
“Coming off damage, profitable in Denmark a few weeks in the past was once a really perfect momentum spice up for me,” he instructed Golfing Channel, including he was once now not taking the game as critically as sooner than his damage.
A lone bogey on Friday was once greater than balanced by way of 11 birdies, the bottom rating of his Ecu Excursion profession, which he understatedly described as a “cast” spherical.
“I stored the ball in position properly and hit a couple of great iron pictures, stored going with the waft and were given rewarded,” he mentioned.
Former international primary Thomas has additionally battled a wrist downside, even though extra lately than Wiesberger.
Thomas neglected the PGA Championship in Might, and continues to be taking part in his as far back as match sharpness.
“It is felt nice thus far,” he mentioned of the wrist after taking pictures 64.
“I used to be a bit of apprehensive coming over right here, simply because it is so other than the turf in The usa.
“That is what I have been operating against, simply seeking to construct some self belief going into (the British Open) subsequent week.”
McIlroy additionally was once happy together with his efficiency, despite the fact that successive 67s left him a bit of off the tempo.
“I have performed the way in which I sought after to play,” he mentioned.
“Sure, perhaps I will have squeezed some other couple of pictures out of each (rounds) however the guys up the highest of the leaderboard are patently taking part in excellent golfing.”
(Reporting by way of Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina; Enhancing by way of Ken Ferris)