EDINBURGH (REUTERS) – Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger birdied his ultimate 5 holes and surged right into a proportion of the midway lead with Lee Slattery and Erik Van Rooyen on the Scottish Open on Friday (July 12).
Wiesberger endured his fresh scorching shape, carding a course-record 10-under-par 61 in the second one spherical on the Renaissance Membership in North Berwick on every 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 harm that saved him out of motion for seven months final 12 months.
Wholesome once more, the 33-year-old Austrian gained the Made in Denmark match in Would possibly, his 5th Eu Excursion victory, and tied for 2nd on the Irish Open final Sunday.
“Coming off harm, profitable in Denmark a few weeks in the past was once an excellent momentum spice up for me,” he advised Golfing Channel, including he was once no longer taking the game as significantly as prior to his harm.
A lone bogey on Friday was once greater than balanced by way of 11 birdies, the bottom rating of his Eu Excursion profession, which he understatedly described as a “forged” spherical.
“I saved the ball in position properly and hit a couple of great iron pictures, saved going with the float and were given rewarded,” he stated.
Former international primary Thomas has additionally battled a wrist downside, although extra lately than Wiesberger.
Thomas ignored the PGA Championship in Would possibly, and continues to be enjoying his as far back as match sharpness.
“It is felt nice up to now,” he stated of the wrist after taking pictures 64.
“I used to be a bit frightened coming over right here, simply because it is so other than the turf in The usa. “That is what I have been running in opposition to, simply looking 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 little off the tempo.
“I have performed the way in which I sought after to play,” he stated.
“Sure, perhaps I will have squeezed every other couple of pictures out of each (rounds) however the guys up the highest of the leaderboard are patently enjoying excellent golfing.”
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