Alex Noren from Sweden, leads the Scottish Open at the half way stage at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness.
Alex put together a great second round -6 under par 66 to take the half-way lead in the Scottish Open at -8 under par.
Alex likes the course, and is looking forward to the week-end;
“I like this place, it’s a really fun course to play.”
“A few very tricky holes and then a few holes where you can go for the green in two on the par fives and you can reach I think two greens today on the par four in one, which is very fun for us.”
“Some weeks, we play courses where it’s tough all the way around, and here, it’s kind of a really nice mix, so I like it.”
“It wasn’t easy but I managed to hit some good shots. It got better and better. I played steady on the front nine, and then my last nine holes, I really got it going.”
“It’s always nice when you get it going and then another birdie maybe drops, and that’s what happened today.”
“Anything can happen on the weekend, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Sharing second place are Danny Lee, New Zealand, and Eddie Pepperell of England, both one shot back at -7 under par. Danny also carded a -6 under 66 today, while Eddie was -5 under 67.
Matteo Manassero, -5 under 67 today, Branden Grace, -5 under 67, Richard Bland -4 under 68 and Jorge Campillo -6 under 66, are all tied in fourth place at -6 under par for the tournament
Matteo thought it was a bit easier today;
“It was still tough but yesterday was brutal.”
“I played solid just like yesterday.”
“The fact there is a little less wind allowed me a few more chances for birdie that I converted and it just ended up being a good round.”
“It’s exciting, of course, being up on the leaderboard and when it’s by playing well and not just by scrambling well or by some sort of escape, it’s even more exciting and I’m happy.”
“It has been really hard with a lot of ups and downs, mainly downs.”
“It’s something that starts with little things and when you have never really played badly before, it’s hard and you keep going down.”
At -5 under for the competition are two-time Major winner Padraig Harrington -3 under 69 today and Graeme McDowell also recording a second round -3 under 69.