Richie Ramsay leads at the European Masters in Switzerland

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Richie Ramsay leads the Omega European Masters in Switzerland by one shot at the halfway stage.

Scotland's Ramsay had shared the lead with Edoardo Molinari after the opening day when they both carded an eight-under par 62 but the Italian only managed a level-par 70 during day two. The Scot took advantage by shooting a four-under par to leave him on 12-under for the tournament.


Ramsay managed five birdies and a solitary bogey on Friday as he bids to win the tournament for the second time in three years. He admitted that he found the course slightly harder than it was on the first day but was satisfied with his day.

"It was a little bit tougher today," Ramsay told Sky Sports.

"I thought some of the pins were trickier on the back side and a little bit of rain made the temperature go up and down which makes clubbing difficult.

"But I stayed steady, had a good attitude again and picked up a few shots coming in which was nice, so all in all a good day's work."

Good form

Ramsey is enjoying a good run of form which saw him finish joint fourth in the Italian Open last week and he will go into the weekend in a relaxed mood.

"I have to go with the attitude that I am up there at the top so why not enjoy it? There's nothing to lose," he said.

If I do that I will have a really good attitude and just go out there, try to enjoy it and pick off a few birdies."

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Jamie Donaldson, who will be making his Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagle this month, is still in contention for back-to-back victories as he is just one shot adrift of Ramsay after 36 holes.

The Welshman won the Czech Masters in his last appearance and shot a second round six-under par.

Seven birdies

His round of 64 was the joint best of the day and consisted of an impressive seven birdies. He almost produced a magnificent eagle on the final hole when his approach shot finished inches away from the cup.

Although he felt he could have scored even better during his second round, Donaldson was pleased with his round and where it leaves him in the tournament.

"I played well again today, especially on the front nine," stated the Welshman.

"I probably could've gone one or two shots lower today, but as golfers we always say that. We're never happy. Overall, I've got to be very happy with the way I played and the position I'm in.

"There are birdies to be had, but you have to play really aggressively and then you run the risk of getting yourself into trouble. It's a very fair course, but it's also a real test in places so you have to stay patient and not go too gung ho."

England's Graeme Storm and Brooks Koepka of the United States are tied in third on 10-under par with American David Lipsky in joint fifth with Irish duo Shane Lowry and Gareth Maybin a shot further back.

Frenchman Victor Dubuisson will also be making his Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagles and is four shots off the pace. His second round score of 67 included a double bogey on his third hole, the 12th.

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Ryder Cup pressure

Dubuisson revealed his excitement and being included in the European squad but admits that thoughts of the Ryder Cup may have affected his round.

"I'm very, very excited to be part of this amazing team," Dubuisson said. "It's been very hard to qualify this year. I had to have two top 10s in the last two majors to be safe (ninth in the Open and seventh in the US PGA).

"I have a good relationship with all the players so I will just have to manage the pressure because it's my first Ryder Cup and I know it's not easy to play your game. Sometimes you want to play a little more safe and then you lose your natural game."

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