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British Masters - halfway point round up

Tyrrell shines on the Tyne

Tyrrell Hatton battled through the rain this morning to head into the weekend with a three shot lead over his nearest rivals. The man from High Wycombe, who failed to make either of the cuts at this year's Masters or U.S. Open, carded six birdies as it 'hoyed it down' (according to the locals) during the early stages of his morning round, finishing up at -12.

Event host Lee Westwood has been in impressive form over the opening two days. Westwood who, having had to hire an extra field to accommodate the 18,000 spectators that attended on Thursday, has not yet dropped a shot on his way to tying second on -9. He shares that spot with fellow Englishmen Ian Poulter, Ashley Chesters and Chris Hanson and looks in good shape to mount a challenge over the weekend. 

Jamie Donaldson just squeaked over the cut line and will be teeing it up over the weekend. The Welshman shot a two under round of 68, but not before enjoying a spectacular hole in one at the par three 8th. Pablo Larrazabal capped a solid second round with a magical moment in front of the cameras

Larrazabal waits

 and grandstand on the 18th green. Putting from distance to save his par, the ball trickled tentatively up, took a look long enough for Larrazabal to approach and start counting out on his fingers the allocated 10 seconds afforded to players in the hope the ball will drop. At seven his duly obeyed - cue uproarious celebrations from the crowd.

Rory McIlroy meanwhile, has delivered another slightly underwhelming performance thus far, but remains in contention as he sits eight shots off the pace at -4. McIlroy has drawn the majority of attention over the opening stages of the tournament, with vast crowds following his progress around the course. He finds himself safely inside the cut line and will bring his monstrous drives back to Close House for the weekend.

One notable casualty from the opening two days is Spaniard Sergio Garcia. The current Masters champion shot a one under par round of 69, and will sadly tonight find himself in a taxi back to Newcastle International. We also say goodbye to Robin Tiger Williams, the tournament's youngest player. He exits his first European Tour competition on +4.

 

If the first half of what the North-East has dished up so far is anything to go by there's plenty to look forward to going into the weekend.