DP World Tour: Ross McGowan holds on to slender lead after Made in HimmerLand second round

Ross McGowan produced another impressive round at the DP World Tour’s Made In HimmerLand, carding a score of 65 to maintain his lead; Richard Mansell and Francesco Laporta head the chasing pack; watch the final two rounds live on Sky Sports Golf this weekend

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A look back at the best of the action from the Day 2 of the European Tour’s Made In HimmerLand at the Himmerland Golf Resort in Farso, Denmark

A look back at the best of the action from the Day 2 of the European Tour’s Made In HimmerLand at the Himmerland Golf Resort in Farso, Denmark

England’s Ross McGowan held on to his slender lead after day two of the Made in HimmerLand event in Farso.

Seeking a third victory on the DP World Tour, McGowan added a second round of 65 to his opening course-record 62 for a halfway total of 15 under par, with compatriot Richard Mansell and Italy’s Francesco Laporta a shot behind.

Ross McGowan leads at the halfway point

Ross McGowan leads at the halfway point

McGowan, who carded nine birdies and three bogeys, said: “I played pretty solid early doors although I mis-clubbed a couple of times as the weather started getting warmer and I didn’t adjust quick enough so I made a silly bogey at six.

“But I bounced back well with a few birdies to close the front nine and then made a couple of silly mistakes on the back nine and a couple of bogeys, but I finished well.”

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Mansell and Laporta both shot 64 for the second day in succession as the low scoring meant the cut fell at four under par, with Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald missing out by a shot following a 72.

“The course is scoreable, but you’ve still got to go and do it so I’m happy,” said Mansell, who was third in the Omega European Masters last week and fourth in the ISPS Handa World Invitational a fortnight earlier.

“I’ve had two days bogey free and cut out mistakes, which helps. We’ve been playing good stuff for a while and when I did have to knock some par putts I rolled them in confidently so if I can keep that going that’s a good sign.

“This is why you practise every day and work so hard, to be in contention. If I can keep knocking on the door I’m sure it will open soon.”

England’s James Morrison is six shots off the lead after equalling McGowan’s course record, but revealed a disappointing opening 71 meant he had expected to be making an early exit.

“I played absolutely dreadful yesterday,” Morrison said. “I checked out of my hotel, booked a flight, put my bags in the car. I thought, ‘Sod it, I’m out, I’m going home’.

“Shot nine under par this morning and I’ve got nowhere to stay tonight. Golf’s an absolutely stupid game.”

Denmark’s Marcus Helligkilde and Soren Kjeldsen gave the enthusiastic home fans plenty to cheer with rounds of 67 and 66 respectively leaving the pair three shots off the lead.

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