Richie Ramsay keeps two-shot lead
SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Scotland's Richie Ramsay shot a 1-over 72 to hold his two-stroke lead after the second round of the Andalucia Masters on Friday, in which only four players reached the halfway point under par.
Ramsay birdied No. 11 before a wayward drive led to a bogey at the 18th to drop him to a 5-under total of 137 at Valderrama.
Andalucia Masters Leaderboard
1. Ramsay (-5)
2. Havret (-3)
3. Garcia (-2)
4. Jimenez (-1)
5. Lynn (E)
• Complete scores
"It was a really tough day and I hung in there," Ramsay said. "I hit so many fairways and so many greens, but couldn't get the ball to drop. But my ball-striking was good and I've got to take the positives out of it."
France's Gregory Havret had a mixed day, recording a seven for the second straight day after losing his drive at the 11th. But his 71 left him in second, ahead of Sergio Garcia, who shot a second straight 70 to sit three strokes behind in third.
Garcia, coming off his first victory for three years, needs a win to secure a spot at next week's HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
"Back-to-back wins would be a great thing, but I don't want to get ahead of myself," Garcia said. "Valderrama can catch you any time, you can never think that you have this course under control. That's the beauty of if. A course doesn't need to be long to be tough."
Miguel Angel Jimenez finished the back nine in 4 under for a 70 that left him the only other player to go around Valderrama's famed cork tree-lined course under par after two rounds, at 1 under.
Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal (74) made his first cut in nine starts.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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