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Scotland’s Peter Whiteford (pictured by Getty Images) put himself in position for a last ditch effort to keep his European Tour card by taking the halfway lead in the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

Lying 149th on The Race to Dubai at the start of the week and needing a top two finish in Western Australia to force his way into the top 111 to retain his playing privileges for next season, Whiteford soared into the lead at Lake Karrinyup Country Club with an eagle on the seventh, his 16th. Two pars later to conclude a back nine of 31 and he was in the clubhouse at 12 under par following a second successive 66.

That carried him past overnight joint leader, Thorbjørn Olesen of Denmark, with Sihwan Kim of Korea, another player needing a top two to avoid a trip to the Qualifying School, a further shot back in third place.

Yet another player on the bubble, Scot David Drysdale, is also in the mix at nine under par alongside England’s James Morrison, whose nine birdie 63 set a new course record.

Olesen, who at 64th on The Race to Dubai is looking to move into the top 60 ahead of next month’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, held the lead for much of the day after following is opening 64 with a 69 until Whiteford stole pole position late on.

Only the top 111 on The Race to Dubai at close of play on Sunday will retain their playing privileges for 2015.

KEY QUOTES

PETER WHITEFORD

“It’s now holds barred. Win or bust.

“I am very nervous. There’s no doubt about that. I’ve got to just keep attacking. I don’t want to go back to school. Nobody does. But I get what I deserve in this game, and I’ve been awful all year. It’s nice that the form is coming back later on in the year.

“Played great. Kind of felt like I got what I deserved. Not often you say that in golf. You’re always thinking you could’ve done better. But that eagle sort of made me feel a lot better.”

THORBJORN OLESEN

“It’s always tough to come back after a great round. But I felt like I played solid out there. I gave myself a lot of chances for birdie, especially on the front nine. Had a few lip-outs, but the pins were a little bit trickier today and it made to a bit trickier with the putter. So I’m happy with the way I played. Hit a lot of greens and that’s important here.

“My save on 17 I think was very important. That up and down from the bunker was a tricky shot and I played it beautifully. The last three holes were key.”

SIHWAN KIM

“’I’m happy with how I played today. Obviously bogeying the last hole sucks, but the way I played and the amount of putts and up and downs I made on the course, I’m satisfied,

“This whole year I feel like I played all right. Just nothing clicked, and my putting has been poor the whole year. For the first time I felt like I left nothing out there, and that’s certainly a good feeling. I think my form is pretty good right now. Just got to keep on doing what I’m doing.”

Regarding keeping his European Tour card:- “I have to either win or runner-up. That’s my only two options”

JAMES MORRISON – SHOT COURSE RECORD 63

“I knew I was playing well. I know in Perth it gets windy in the afternoon and calm in the morning, so I was hoping for a nice calm day. I got that. Just played great all day really. Missed a few early on, and before you know it, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and finish. It was one of those sort of days where I had really, really good group. We were all having a chat and a laugh. It was actually really nice. Before you know it, we were plenty under par.”

ROUND TWO GOLF SCORES

132 P Whiteford (Sco) 66 66,

133 T Olesen (Den) 64 69,

134 S Kim (Kor) 66 68,

135 J Morrison (Eng) 72 63, D Drysdale (Sco) 67 68,

136 R Green (Aus) 68 68, J Wade (Aus) 64 72,

137 C Schwartzel (RSA) 68 69,

138 V Dubuisson (Fra) 71 67, J Nitties (Aus) 69 69, M Fraser (Aus) 68 70,

139 J Hansen (Den) 71 68, J Younger (Aus) 69 70, R Fox (Nzl) 69 70, S Dartnall (Aus) 68 71, B Rumford (Aus) 67 72, S Wakefield (Eng) 72 67,

140 J Quesne (Fra) 67 73, R Bland (Eng) 68 72, G Stal (Fra) 69 71, M Foster (Eng) 67 73, P Uihlein (USA) 69 71, D McGrane (Irl) 70 70, R Haller (Aus) 71 69, J Dufner (USA) 70 70, C Rice (Aus) 68 72, D McKenzie (Aus) 70 70, M Griffin (Aus) 67 73, J Norris (Aus) 71 69, P Spargo (Aus) 70 70, W Ormsby (Aus) 72 68, S Kjeldsen (Den) 69 71, R Gibson (Aus) 70 70, T Lewis (Eng) 66 74,

141 L Bjerregaard (Den) 71 70, J Scrivener (Aus) 67 74, P O’Malley (Aus) 72 69, J McLeary (Sco) 70 71, M Korhonen (Fin) 71 70, K Phelan (Irl) 72 69, G Bourdy (Fra) 69 72, J Parry (Eng) 69 72, D Bransdon (Aus) 69 72, D Huizing (Ned) 68 73, A Pavan (Ita) 71 70, N Holman (Aus) 73 68, M Nixon (Eng) 70 71, S Manley (Wal) 73 68, J Doherty (Sco) 69 72,

142 O Goss (Aus) 68 74, R Gonzalez (Arg) 68 74, N Elvira (Esp) 71 71, N Green (Aus) 71 71, C Lee (Sco) 73 69, N Gillespie (Nzl) 71 71,

143 S Jamieson (Sco) 69 74, J Heath (Eng) 72 71, G Chalmers (Aus) 70 73, M Long (Nzl) 69 74, M Sim (Aus) 66 77, C Del Moral (Esp) 71 72, S Bowditch (Aus) 73 70, S Hansen (Den) 72 71, R Kakko (Fin) 72 71, S Jeffress (Aus) 74 69, M Carlsson (Swe) 67 76, B Ninyette (Aus) 69 74, A Brown (Aus) 68 75, D Nisbet (Aus) 71 72,

144 N Cullen (Aus) 71 73, M McCardle (Aus) 71 73, A Gee (Eng) 74 70, J Knutzon (USA) 71 73, S Jones (Aus) 72 72, J Campillo (Esp) 72 72, B Paolini (USA) 72 72, G Maybin (Nir) 71 73, M Pearce (Nzl) 70 74, M Jager (Aus) 71 73, A Stolz (Aus) 73 71,

145 A Otaegui (Esp) 70 75, R Jacquelin (Fra) 70 75, O Fisher (Eng) 71 74, M Wright (Aus) 71 74, P Cooke (Aus) 71 74, J Higginbottom (Aus) 68 77, M Kieffer (Ger) 72 73, A Wall (Eng) 70 75, B Campbell (Nzl) 71 74, G Ogilvy (Aus) 73 72, S Strange (Aus) 72 73, A Townsend (Aus) 71 74, B Macpherson (Aus) 72 73,

146 A Martin (Aus) 72 74, D Klein (Nzl) 72 74, S Leaney (Aus) 72 74, A Forsyth (Sco) 73 73, A Hartø (Den) 73 73, E Molinari (Ita) 70 76, A Summers (Aus) 73 73, C Campbell (Aus) 70 76, C Doak (Sco) 74 72, L Slattery (Eng) 76 70, J Walters (RSA) 75 71,

147 V Riu (Fra) 73 74, D Popovic (Aus) 75 72, A Stephens (Aus) 74 73, F Andersson Hed (Swe) 72 75, J Jeong (Kor) 72 75, P Fowler (Aus) 71 76,

148 G Havret (Fra) 74 74, S Houston (Aus) 72 76, M Millar (Aus) 73 75, A Kaleka (Fra) 71 77, R Santos (Por) 70 78, R Lee (Nzl) 74 74,

149 D Horsey (Eng) 77 72, D Im (USA) 72 77, J Lara (Esp) 76 73, S Laycock (Aus) 72 77, C Parry (Aus) 74 75,

150 L McKechnie (Aus) 73 77, J Wilson (Aus) 74 76, J Geary (Nzl) 72 78, C O’Reilly (Aus) 77 73, M Perry (Nzl) 74 76,

151 M Giles (Aus) 76 75, R Lynch (Aus) 75 76, D McKendrick (Aus) 76 75,

152 M Ballard (Aus) 75 77, T Pieters (Bel) 79 73, G Paddison (Nzl) 77 75, R Kulacz (Aus) 77 75, P Lawrie (Irl) 75 77, L Deagan (Aus) 76 76,

153 M Brown (Nzl) 77 76, R Blizard (Aus) 72 81, A Hall (Aus) 76 77,

154 E De La Riva (Esp) 76 78, A Saddier (Fra) 77 77,

155 L Zhiqun (Sin) 78 77,

156 S Webster (Eng) 74 82,

158 T Bond (Aus) 80 78,

** D Willett (Eng) 73 WD,

Source: European Tour

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