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Last Updated: Friday, 2 December 2005, 10:27 GMT
Monty makes Hong Kong challenge
Colin Montgomerie insisted he could have done better after his 66
GB&Ire unless stated
-9 R Gibson (Can)
-8 E Loar (US)
-7 M Erlandsson (Swe)
-6 A Butterfield, W-S Kang (Kor)
Selected others:
-5 C Montgomerie
-2 T Bjorn (Den)
+1 N Dougherty
+2 P Casey
Colin Montgomerie has stormed up the leaderboard at the Hong Kong Open after an impressive second-round 66.

The European number one carded four birdies in a bogey-free round to leave him five under par and four behind surprise leader Rick Gibson of Canada.

"I played very well but to shoot only four under was disappointing with the way I hit the ball," he said.

England's Paul Casey, who won the China Open last week, missed the one-over cut by just one shot despite a 68.

His round included an eagle at the 13th, as well as two birdies, but it was not enough for him to make the weekend.

Compatriot Nick Dougherty, however, claimed a birdie on the final hole to make the cut on the mark.

Former American Walker Cup player Edward Loar is in second place on eight under after a round of 64 which contained eight birdies and two bogeys.

Sweden's Martin Erlandsson added a 68 to his opening 65 to set the early target on seven under par, one ahead of England's Andrew Butterfield.

Montgomerie started his round from the 10th and birdied two of the opening 15 holes.

It does feel like the end of the year rather than the third event of the season
Colin Montgomerie

But the 42-year-old Scot picked up two more strokes on the final three holes including one at the last which he described as like "picking up a shot and a half on the field".

"I played very well tee to green and it's always nice to not to drop a shot but I missed a number of putts," he said.

"That should have been a very, very low round if I had taken the putts that I should normally take.

"At 6,722 yards this is one of the shortest courses we play all year so you can go low round here.

"It is disappointing in a lot of ways but at least it has given me the opportunity to score low tomorrow and get into contention on Saturday night."

Montgomerie also admitted that he almost followed Padraig Harrington in pulling out of the tournament after an exhausting year.

"It does feel like the end of the year rather than the third event of the season," he added.

"But if I was level par or one under I would feel a lot more tired. A 66 helps with fatigue in many ways."

Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez is on four under after a 67.

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn ended the day on two under after a costly double bogey on the par-four 17th when he three-putted from three feet.


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