STEPHEN GALLACHER blamed poor putting for leaving him trailing playing partner Thomas Bjorn by 11 shots heading into the final two rounds of the BMW PGA Championship.
Great Dane Bjorn was unable to maintain his first-day fireworks at Wentworth, taking ten shots more second time out than his course-record 62 in the opening round.
It was still good enough to keep him at the head of affairs, though, as joint-leader at the halfway stage after Irishman Shane Lowry, his nearest challenger at the start of the day, birdied the last two holes. The pair held a four-shot cushion over the chasing pack in the European Tour’s flagship event – played in heavy rain – with Gallacher’s second-round 75 leaving him with a mountain to climb to force his way into the weekend picture.
“I am hoping to putt a bit better over the weekend as I’m struggling on the greens just now,” said the Lothians star.
“I can’t get the ball in the hole. These greens are slow but that’s not an excuse as I should be hitting them a bit harder.
“I’ve missed about six or seven putts inside six foot over the two days and you can’t give that away on a course like this and in a tournament like this. I prefer fast greens but good luck getting them fast in Britain. They were like treacle out there.”
Lothians-based Richie Ramsay also made it on two-under, though he lost ground on the leaders by dropping two shots over the closing four holes. But Jamie McLeary is heading home to Bonnyrigg after his debut ended prematurely on five-over despite a spirited 71 that included an eagle-3 at the fourth.