O'Hara leads by four at halfway


1305Powerade Scottish O'Hara

Paul O'Hara has a great chance of scoring his first big win since he joined the PGA ranks after extending his lead to four shots at halfway in the Scottish Young Professionals' Championship at West Lothian Golf Club, Bo'ness.

O'Hara, younger brother of Challenge Tour player Steven and  attached to Clydeway Golf for his PGA training after campaigning on various continental tours, has shot 65-67 for an impressive 10-under-par total of 132.

His second-round bag of five birdies were made up of sub-par figures at the short sixth, seventh, 10th, long 12th and 17th. His one clip was a bogey at the long 14th.

But it is by no means a one horse race.

Caldwell's Daniel Flannery shot the round of the day - a five-under-par 67 - to leap into second place on 136, which means he has four shots to make up on O'Hara after Thursday's final 36 holes.

Flannery had a bogey-free round studded with birdies at the second, long fourth, 13th, long 14th and 17th.

Blairgowrie's Sam McLaren (67-70) is in third place on 137, a shot ahead of one of the most experienced competitors in the field, Dunbar's Neil Fenwick who has scored 70 and 68 for 138.

Players with totals of 149 and better qualified for the final day.

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