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Last Updated: Friday, 1 June 2007, 19:37 GMT 20:37 UK
Dane surprises Wales Open rivals
Mads Vibe-Hastrup is one shot clear after the second round in Newport
Mads Vibe-Hastrup is one shot clear after the second round in Newport
GB & Ire unless stated
-8 M Vibe-Hastrup (Den)
-7 A Forsyth, S O'Hara, B Rumford (Aus)
-6 G Orr, G Havret (Fra), P Broadhurst, D Frost (Rsa), M Ilonen (Fin), M Kaymer (Ger), B Dredge, M Campbell (NZ), N Dougherty, R Gonzalez (Arg)

Mads Vibe-Hastrup was the surprise leader after the Welsh Open second round at Celtic Manor on Friday.

But favourite Retief Goosen and defending champion Robert Karlsson both went crashing out at the halfway point.

Vibe-Hastrup, 149th on this season's Order of Merit, achieved a career-best 63 thanks in part to a spectacular eagle on the long 16th.

On eight-under the Dane is one in front of Scots Alastair Forsyth and Steven O'Hara, plus Australian Brett Rumford.

A 10-strong group on seven-under includes Welshman Bradley Dredge, plus England's Paul Broadhurst and Nick Dougherty and another Scot, Garry Orr.

Dredge is trying to become the first home winner of the Welsh Open title.

I got my game back together and got half of it right, but the other half is terrible

Colin Montgomerie

Vibe-Hastrup said fellow Dane Anders Hansen's victory in last week's BMW PGA Championship had helped inspire his second-round performance.

"It was fantastic that he went on and won," said Vibe-Hastrup, 28.

"His season has been so-so and then he goes and wins the biggest tournament on the Tour. It just shows that it can be done."

The contrast with Goosen was marked, two weeks before he tries for a third US Open victory in seven years.

Goosen, the only member of the world's top 25 taking part in the event, slumped to a second-round 73 on the par 69 lay-out.

It completes a miserable two weeks for the South African before he heads across the Atlantic for the second major of the year.

He also made an early exit from the BMW PGA Championship last Friday.

"It's disappointing, that's for sure," said Goosen. "I'm working on a few things, but they're not coming together yet.

"I'll hang around for a couple of days and do some practice, then I'm playing in Memphis next week, so I hope I can find something there. I struggled on the greens here - they were extremely slow."


Playing partner Karlsson, another who is Oakmont-bound, had a 69, but a two-over total, three better than Goosen, was still not good enough on the same course where he set European Tour records for 36 and 54 holes last June by opening 61-63-65.

Their departures left Colin Montgomerie as the highest-ranked player still standing in the tournament.

But he was still unhappy despite a 64 that was the Scotsman's lowest round for exactly a year.

The eight-time European number one moved up into the top 25 from 81st at the start of the day, yet he was positively disgusted not to be closer to the lead.

"I got my game back together and got half of it right, but the other half is terrible," said Montgomerie, despite improving from one over par to four under.

"My putting is the weakest part of anyone's game out here. That could have been anything."

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