Ireland’s Peter Lawrie survived a run-in with an errant marshal to move into contention for his first European Tour title in the Deutsche Bank Championship in Hamburg.
Lawrie carded a seven-under-par 65 in the delayed second round at Gut Kaden, firing eight birdies and just one bogey in the event.
It gave the former rookie of the year an eight under par total of 136, two shots behind leader Niclas Fasth of Sweden. Fasth came home in 31 for a 66 to finish 10 under, one ahead of Wales’ Bradley Dredge.
Lawrie’s only dropped shot of the day came on the 10th when a female marshal walked in front of him as he prepared to hit his tee shot on the 420-yard par four.
“I stood up to hit it and heard this rustle in the tent beside me and stepped back, and she came out of the tent and walked right in front of the ball and around to the back of the tee,” explained Lawrie, who became the first Irishman to win rookie of the year honours in 2003.
“I said: ’What are you doing?’ I had the ball teed up and was about to go and she walked right in front of me, all the time holding her sign saying ’Quiet please’.”
Asked if the woman realised she had done something wrong, Lawrie added: “I probably made her aware of it after I hit my tee shot into a bad lie. If she could have lip-read I think she would have understood!”
Lawrie recovered to record four of his eight birdies in the next seven holes as he continued his bid to play as much golf as possible before his wife Philippa gives birth to their first child in September.
The 31-year-old Dubliner has played 22 events in 2005 so far, including a run of nine in 10 weeks from April to June.
“When the baby arrives I’ll take a good bit of time off, as much as we both need,” Lawrie added. “I’ll probably leave after a week but you never know.”
Dredge had set the early clubhouse target after a second-round 69 to lie nine under, a remarkable recovery after losing a ball with his very first shot.
The 32-year-old ran up a double-bogey six but recovered from that terrible start to card seven birdies and an eagle in a six-under-par 66 on Friday.
“I’m very surprised to be in this position, it’s strange how things can turn around,” said Dredge, winner of the Madeira Island Open in 2003.