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Scotland’s Marc Warren (pictured by Getty Images) will carry the hopes of a nation into the weekend of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open after a fine second round performance in difficult conditions hoisted the Glaswegian into a share of the halfway lead with Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez and Swede Kristoffer Broberg.

Warren’s two under 69 in the most testing conditions of the day took him to six under for the tournament, matching the aggregates of Gonzalez and Broberg.

With the wind turning 180 degrees from Thursday’s first round, the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club proved a hugely different challenge to the star studded field, a fact perfectly highlighted by the contrasting fortunes of Rory McIlroy who followed his opening course record 64 with a seven over par 78 to lie in a share for 34th place on level par.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson is one better than McIlroy after a 73, while England’s Justin Rose snuck into contention after an early 68 propelled the 2013 US Open Champion into fourth spot on five under.

Key Quotes:

Kristoffer Broberg

“I had to stay patient out there, it was so tough. The back nine was brutal. I just tried to keep it low and stay calm. I’m in a good position for the weekend. I’m here to win.”

Marc Warren

“I am absolutely delighted with that. The front nine was offering a few more chances today, going with the wind, but then playing the back nine in one under was really good. It would be a very romantic tale to have a Scotsman winning here – it’s a massive event, and I’m sure anybody would love to win this tournament, and being Scottish would make it that bit more special.”

Justin Rose

“If you had to choose one course for the rest of your life, it would be a links course, because it can be different every day. It was completely the opposite wind today. You had to make your score on the front nine instead of hanging on like you had to yesterday. I’m beginning to click back into gear.  I’m beginning to see good shots and feel like I’m going to hit some good shots. This is a true test and I’m enjoying every minute.”

Rory McIlroy

“I didn’t get off to the best start, obviously.  I played okay and hit some good shots, but just wasn’t getting the ball close enough. It was just one of those days that nothing really went right, and you know, I’m here for the weekend at least.  I’m only two shots off the top 10 somehow.  I need go out tomorrow and go out early enough and try and shoot something similar to what I did the first day.”

Phil Mickelson

“It was tough and also fun to have those conditions.  It was fun to turn back those back 9 holes playing into the wind.  It was a real challenge. You have to hit different kinds of shots, and I actually played pretty well.  I thought I made a couple loose swings and it cost me four shots.  I hit three poor tee shots.  It cost me four, but I fought hard all day to keep it around here. It is very mentally draining playing out there, because it’s such a tough test, and I’m a little concerned that it’s taken up a little bit more energy than I would like for next week. But it’s also a good opportunity to focus on some of the difficult shots that we’ll have next week, so it kind of goes both ways.”

Complete Second Round Golf Scores:

136 R Gonzalez (Arg) 65 71, M Warren (Sco) 67 69, K Broberg (Swe) 65 71,

137 J Rose (Eng) 69 68,

138 D Howell (Eng) 68 70,

139 M Ilonen  (Fin) 71 68, L Bjerregaard  (Den) 70 69,

140 T Hatton (Eng) 69 71, A Otaegui  (Esp) 71 69, F Zanotti (Par) 70 70, R Cabrera-Bello (Esp) 72 68, T Fleetwood  (Eng) 70 70, P Casey  (Eng) 69 71, M Hoey  (Nir) 66 74, S Lowry  (Irl) 72 68, L Donald  (Eng) 67 73, S Kjeldsen (Den) 70 70, G Hutcheon (Sco) 70 70,

141 P Waring  (Eng) 75 66, S Khan (Eng) 70 71, C Lee (Sco) 72 69, R Bland (Eng) 67 74, P Mickelson (USA) 68 73, S Jamieson  (Sco) 74 67, M Manassero (Ita) 69 72, T Aiken (RSA) 71 70, J Walker  (USA) 71 70, M Foster (Eng) 71 70, T Lewis (Eng) 70 71, D Willett  (Eng) 70 71, S Gallacher (Sco) 72 69, J Singh (Ind) 70 71, O Schniederjans (am) (USA) 71 70,

142 R Knox (Sco) 68 74, M Siem  (Ger) 73 69, G Storm  (Eng) 70 72, J Hahn (USA) 71 71, R Fowler  (USA) 71 71, B Wiesberger  (Aut) 74 68, A Quiros  (Esp) 71 71, D Clarke (Nir) 69 73, P Larrazábal (Esp) 69 73, K Phelan (Irl) 69 73, R Karlsson (Swe) 71 71, R McIlroy  (Nir) 64 78, M Ford (Eng) 75 67, T Jaidee (Tha) 71 71, M Jiménez (Esp) 74 68, R Palmer (USA) 70 72,

143 M Carlsson  (Swe) 71 72, A Forsyth (Sco) 70 73, N Fasth (Swe) 69 74, G Stal  (Fra) 68 75, J Morrison  (Eng) 71 72, T Björn (Den) 70 73, P Harrington (Irl) 71 72, G Coetzee (RSA) 73 70, J Luiten (Ned) 73 70, C Del Moral (Esp) 70 73, D Drysdale (Sco) 67 76, D McGrane (Irl) 71 72, M Laird  (Sco) 70 73,

144 G Maybin (Nir) 70 74, G Bhullar (Ind) 75 69, J Carlsson (Swe) 71 73, S Henry  (Sco) 73 71, M Lundberg (Swe) 71 73, W Ormsby (Aus) 71 73, P Lawrie (Sco) 74 70, E Els (RSA) 73 71, R Santos  (Por) 73 71, S Dyson  (Eng) 71 73, S Kapur (Ind) 69 75, J Hansen  (Den) 71 73, F Aguilar (Chi) 73 71, M Kieffer (Ger) 71 73, A Levy (Fra) 75 69, M Jones (Aus) 71 73,

145 S Thornton (Irl) 73 72, C Wood  (Eng) 71 74, J Kruger (RSA) 72 73, K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 73 72, L Westwood (Eng) 72 73, D Lynn (Eng) 74 71, M Baldwin (Eng) 72 73, E De La Riva  (Esp) 73 72, S Webster (Eng) 71 74, S Kim (Kor) 72 73, K Stadler (USA) 74 71,

146 M Cort (Eng) 75 71, P Whiteford (Sco) 76 70, T Levet (Fra) 75 71, E Molinari  (Ita) 75 71, J Quesne  (Fra) 73 73, V Riu  (Fra) 74 72, L Oosthuizen  (RSA) 75 71, D Huizing (Ned) 75 71, J Blixt  (Swe) 74 72, S Faldo (Eng) 73 73, R Fisher (Eng) 75 71, R Kakko  (Fin) 73 73, N Colsaerts  (Bel) 69 77,

147 R Derksen (Ned) 73 74, F Molinari (Ita) 74 73, A Cañizares  (Esp) 75 72, I Poulter (Eng) 73 74, G Bourdy (Fra) 73 74, P McGinley (Irl) 74 73, S Manley (Wal) 75 72, B Grace  (RSA) 75 72, T Pieters  (Bel) 71 76, J Jeong (Kor) 72 75,

148 J Lima  (Por) 76 72, J Donaldson (Wal) 74 74, R Wattel  (Fra) 71 77, B Rumford (Aus) 75 73, R Green (Aus) 74 74, V Dubuisson  (Fra) 71 77, R Jacquelin (Fra) 73 75, R Ramsay  (Sco) 74 74, M Fitzpatrick  (Eng) 69 79, N Elvira  (Esp) 74 74,

149 M Madsen  (Den) 73 76, G Havret  (Fra) 74 75, E Pepperell (Eng) 75 74, A Wall (Eng) 74 75, M Miller (USA) 76 73, M Nixon (Eng) 77 72, A Sullivan (Eng) 77 72, S Wakefield (Eng) 72 77, E Grillo (Arg) 77 72, J Campillo (Esp) 73 76,

150 M Crespi  (Ita) 75 75, D Brooks (Eng) 75 75, D Horsey (Eng) 74 76, D Law (Sco) 78 72, P Hanson (Swe) 76 74, A Gee  (Eng) 74 76, R Sterne  (RSA) 75 75, J Dantorp (Swe) 77 73,

151 D Van Der Walt (RSA) 76 75, P Lawrie (Irl) 79 72,

152 J McLeary  (Sco) 74 78, B Koepka  (USA) 75 77,

153 A Saddier (Fra) 77 76, D Fichardt (RSA) 74 79,

154 J Parry (Eng) 76 78, R Rock (Eng) 81 73,

157 A Culverwell (am) (Sco) 76 81,

158 J Olazábal (Esp) 81 77,

Source: European Tour

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