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Lawrie's 67 can't cut it in Sweden

GOLF: Ireland's Peter Lawrie missed the cut by a stroke at the Nordea Masters, despite a second round of 67.

Scotland's Peter Whiteford put himself firmly in contention with a dazzling display before European golf's man of the moment Matteo Manassero stole his thunder.

World number 268 Whiteford, from Kirkcaldy, followed a steady opening 71 with a nine-under-par second round of 63 that briefly put him two shots clear of the field at Stockholm's Bro Hof Slott course.

But the afternoon starters found a riposte to his morning heroics, and 20-year-old Italian Manassero surged to the front of the field with a 65, after yesterday's 66, that put him on 13 under par.

Finland's Mikka Ilonen matched Whiteford's 63, and that nudged him one ahead of Whiteford into outright second place, two off Manassero's sizzling pace.

Low scoring was the order of the day, with the temperature warm and the sun out.

TIGER IN THE WILDERNESS

GOLF: Tiger Woods left himself with a mountain to climb in his bid for a sixth victory at the Memorial Tournament but said he was "not too disappointed" after carding a two-over-par 74 in yesterday's second round.

The American world number one, the defending champion here at Muirfield Village Golf Club, struggled with his putting on slick greens in tough, windy conditions to finish at one-over-par 145, a distant 10 shots behind early leader Bill Haas (67).

"Tough conditions out there and I didn't exactly play my best either," Woods told reporters after bogeying his final hole, the par-four ninth, before trudging up the hill toward the imposing clubhouse.


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