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Gonzalez, Broberg, Warren share lead at Scottish Open
Aberdeen, Scotland (SportsNetwork.com) - Ricardo Gonzalez, Kristoffer Broberg and Marc Warren head into the weekend tied atop the leaderboard at 6-under 136 at the Scottish Open.
Gonzalez and Broberg both shot 71s on Friday at Royal Aberdeen, while Warren fired a 2-under 69. The trio currently holds a 1-shot lead.
It appeared as if Gonzalez would end the day two shots up at 8-under, but he made a mess of No. 18 and had to settle for double-bogey and a share of the lead.
"I was unlucky on 18 because I didn't have a good lie and tried to reach the green in two, but it was a mistake," Gonzalez said. "I'm happy because I played a good 17 holes. I need to sometimes stay patient and play safe. Of course, that didn't happen on 18. I'm very happy because I hit it good and made a good score."
Gonzalez, who has made just three cuts in 14 events this year, is seeking his fifth win on the European Tour. Warren is looking for his third and Broberg is trying to win his first.
Justin Rose had another strong day with a 3-under 68, and he is one shot back of the leaders at 5-under 137. David Howell is in fifth place at 4-under after his second-round 70.
Mikko Ilonen (68) and Lucas Bjerregaard (69) are tied for sixth and stand three shots back at 3-under 139. Eleven players are at 2-under and four shots back.
First-round leader Rory McIlroy, who fired a course-record 64 on Thursday, struggled to a 7-over 78 and heads into the weekend at even-par.
Gonzalez had a relatively quiet round up until the 18th hole, and for the most part he was able to avoid the mistakes. The 44-year-old started off strong with birdies at two, four and five, which had him in sole possession of first place at 9-under.
After two pars at six and seven, Gonzalez dropped his first shot at No. 8 and fell back to 8-under. He then put his game into cruise control, making nine straight pars leading up to the par-4 18th.
Warren had the best round of the three with a 69, but things could have been even better if not for four bogeys. Warren started out with a par followed by a bogey at No. 2. He got that shot back at No. 3 and added two more birdies at five and six.
A bogey at seven dropped Warren back to 1-under for the day and he followed that with four straight pars from No. 8. A birdie at No. 12 was eventually canceled out by bogeys at 14 and 15, but he gained a shot back with a birdie at 16.
Warren, who is looking for a win in his native Scotland, finished his round with a par and a birdie to move to minus-6. He is looking to make up for his third-place finish at this event in 2012 after losing a 3-shot lead with four holes to play at Castle Stuart.
"It's a massive week and anyone would love to win, but being Scottish it would be that much more special," Warren said. "What happened two years ago was tough to take at the time, but it was good experience and hopefully it will stand me in good stead."
Broberg also had an up-and-down day. He made three birdies on the front nine, but two of those were neutralized by bogeys at four and seven. After making the turn, Broberg made birdie at No. 10 and he moved to 2-under on the day.
The 27-year-old Swede then made three pars, but followed those up with a double-bogey at the par-4 14th. Broberg rebounded quickly, however, with a birdie at 15. A bogey at the 18th dropped him back to 6-under through 36 holes.
After eight birdies and just one bogey on Thursday, McIlroy made just one birdie on Friday. He also had six bogeys and a double-bogey.
NOTES: With the cut at 2-over 144, 78 players advanced to the weekend ... Reigning champion Phil Mickelson shot a 2-over 73 on Friday and he sits five shots back at minus-1 ... Russell Knox, who at one point held the lead on Friday, finished his round with two double-bogeys and four bogeys in his final six holes, dropping him to even-par for the tournament.
07/11 16:42:58 ET
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