Donald well placed in Scotland

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Updated: July 14, 2012

World No 1 Luke Donald put himself back into winning contention after shooting a flawless second round 68 on Friday to be just three shots back in the defence of his Scottish Open title.

Donald birdied his second and third holes and then, after 13 straight pars, birdied his closing two holes to move to nine-under par, trailing Italy’s Francesco Molinari (70) and Sweden’s Alex Noren (66) who head the event on 12-under.

Donald has burst back into winning form in his first event since missing the halfway cut with a shock 11-over in last month’s US Open.

Sharing sixth place on nine under par with Donald is 2009 Scottish Open winner, Martin Kaymer of Germany.

Kaymer birdied five of his opening seven holes in an eventual round of 68.

The German, who was ranked No 1 in the world in April last year, also has turned around recent poor form, including missing the cut in the US Open and finishing in the tail of the field in last week’s French Open.

Phil Mickelson posted the equal lowest round of the day, an eight under par 64, to move to seven under par and also return to form after missing the cut in both the US Open and last week’s Greenbrier Classic.

The triple Major winning pair of Padraig Harrington (69) and Ernie Els (70) finished a respective six under par and four under par.