Scottish Open: Ian Poulter in Battle with Lucas Herbert Midway Leading

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Australian Lucas Herbert has a two-shot lead halfway -11 L Herbert (Aus); -10 R Rock (Eng); -9 L Westwood (Eng), I Poulter (Eng); -8 M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra); -7 J Luiten (Ned), K Samooja (Fin), M Kinhult (Swe). Selected others: -5 T Fleetwood (Eng); -1 R MacIntyre (Sco), M Fitzpatrick (Eng), P Harrington (Ire); +1 G McDowell (NI) Full Ranking

Ian Poulter is ready to "fix the shutters" on a wild Scottish Open weekend as he offers to end his eight-year wait for a European Tour title.

The Ryder Cup talisman follows halfway through leader Lucas Herbert with two shots at the Renaissance Club after adding a 66 to his opening 67 to share third place with Lee Westwood on nine under par.

Robert Rock is one of the best, with Craig Lee the best Scot at six bottom.

"The weather forecast looks terrible," said Poulter.

"It's wind speeds of 20 mph and a few inches of rain. You can get off the course easily, but we're on the right side of the leaderboard trying to tighten the shutters. dig deep and stay strong. "

Florida-based Poulter admitted he lacks the" buzz "of playing for fans after plans to raise 650 spectators on Saturday. and Sunday were suppressed by a tightening of the Covid-19 restrictions.

"I love sports and it just doesn't feel the same right now because we can't get people together," added the 44-year-old. "We play golf without adrenaline and that is difficult."

Scottish couple Scott Jamieson and Grant Forrest compete for five under Tommy Fleetwood.

But Paul Lawrie bowed halfway through the stage of his 620th and final European Tour event, with a 79 leaving him 10 left.

"Today shows exactly why I & # 39; I do what I do & # 39; & # 39; said the 51-year-old." play when my back is terrible, so it's the right thing to do. "

First-round leader Westwood could only follow Thursday's brilliant 62 with a 71 to fall two shots behind Australia's Herbert, despite players with late-early start times benefiting from significantly easier conditions for the first two days.

Herbert – who considered quitting last year because of his game struggles – placed the low round of the day with a six-under-65 as he pursues a second European title success after winning the Dubai Desert Classic in January.

"I showed up here Wednesday and it hit everything, "said the 24-year-old.

"I didn't expect too much in the past few days, but it all works out well. The iron game has been great, which has taken the pressure off. "

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