Drysdale’s hoping for calm at Carnoustie

DUNBAR’S David Drysdale reckons he’s due some luck with the weather in the Dunhill Links Championship.

Drysdale got off to a decent start in the £3.2 million event with a three-under-par 69 to sit in a tie for 22nd at the end of the opening day. Kingsbarns was the venue for his second round today, with Carnoustie beckoning for him tomorrow.

“I’ve never made the cut in this before,” he said. “I always seem to get the draw the day when it’s blowing a gale at Carnoustie, when the score average is about 77 or something.

“So I’m hoping it’s pretty calm there on Saturday.”

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Drysdale, who was three-under after five and then parred in from there, is on course to retain his European Tour card for another season but isn’t interested in where he’s sitting in the Race to Dubai. “I don’t look at it any more,” he said. “After finishing 116th in 2005, I’ve had my lot of Order of Merits.

“I’m thinking the top 60 and Dubai World Championship instead of just keeping my card, there’s plenty of events left to get up there.”

Also in action at St Andrews, Stephen Gallacher reached the turn in four-under. But three successive 6s from the 11th saw the 2004 winner sign for a 74.