Old Lady is so kind to Dougherty


Last updated at 19:05 06 October 2007

England's Nick Dougherty

shares the halfway lead at

the Alfred Dunhill Links

Championship after taking

advantage of a rare sunny

and windless day at


Fresh from his impressive

efforts in the Seve Trophy,

the 25-year-old shot a sixunder-

par 66 to move to 11

under alongside Australian

Peter O'Malley and South

African Hennie Otto.

Nick Dougherty

Now, after leading in half a

dozen tournaments this

year but failing to add to

his lone win in Singapore in

2006, Dougherty is hoping

to produce a 36-hole

grandstand finish in two

rounds at St Andrews.

He said: "The beautiful Old

Lady of golf has never

been that good to me in

the past, so I think it is time

for the tide to turn.

"The money available here

would give me a big leg-up

to making next year's

Ryder Cup team."

Dougherty, however, faces

stiff competition as some

of the leading figures in

this year's race to win the

European money list also

have eyes on the £392,000

first prize.

Ernie Els, who is only

£225,000 behind the leader

Padraig Harrington, shot a

67 to move to within one

shot of the lead, Justin

Rose fired a 69 to keep

alive his hopes, while

Harrington climbed to 12th

with a 66.

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