Gonzalez moves ahead by 1 in Scotland

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Updated: August 23, 2013

Perthshire, Scotland (Sports Network) – Ricardo Gonzalez fired his second
straight 7-under 65 on Friday to grab a 1-stroke lead at the Johnnie Walker
Championship.

Gonzalez finished two rounds on the PGA Centenary Course at The Gleneagles
Hotel at 14-under-par 130.

“It’s a very important week for me because I have not played well at the start
of the season,” said Gonzalez. “To shoot two rounds of 65 is amazing. I had
five weeks rest to recharge my batteries.

Bernd Wiesberger, who shared the lead with Gonzalez at the end of the first
round, carded a 6-under 66 on Friday to sit in second place at 13-under.

Tommy Fleetwood also shot 65 to move into a share of third place with Mark
Foster (67) at 11-under, while Brooks Koepka (66) owns fifth at minus-10.

Two-time winner this season Brett Rumford (69) was joined by Thongchai Jaidee
(69) and Fredrik Andersson Hed (67) in sixth place at 9-under 135.

Gonzalez was the first of the co-leaders to head out onto the course and he
quickly pulled ahead with back-to-back birdies at the second and third. He
added another gain at the seventh to make the turn at 10-under.

After tripping to a bogey at the 13th, the Argentine closed his round with
five straight gains from the 14th to race to 14-under and grab the clubhouse
lead.

“The last two years have been very difficult personally,” said Gonzalez, whose
mother, father and father-in-law all passed away in the space of the last two
years. “If I win I would like to dedicate it to my mother and father, that’s
my target this week.”

Wiesberger went out with the afternoon wave and also started hot with three
birdies in a four-hole stretch from the second to reach 10-under before giving
two of those strokes back with consecutive bogeys at the seventh and eighth.

He got those back with back-to-back gains at the 10th and 11th.

Wiesberger then closed with birdies at the 14th, 17th and 18th to pull within
a shot of the lead entering the weekend.

Foster started on the 11th tee and opened his second round with three straight
pars before rolling in a birdie at the 14th.

A streak of three straight birdies from the first moved him to 10-under, and
he later countered a bogey at the fifth with gains at Nos. 6 and 9 to move
into second place.

NOTES: Gonzalez has four wins on the European Tour, but his last came at the
2009 SAS Masters … Wiesberger and Foster were both part of a five-man
playoff won by Thomas Bjorn at this event in 2011 … Koepka earned a
promotion to the European Tour earlier this year with three victories on the
European Challenge Tour … The PGA Centenary Course at The Gleneagles Hotel
will host the 2014 Ryder Cup.