Dougherty endures nightmare start

Nick Dougherty’s hopes of turning his consistent form into an overdue second European Tour title suffered an early blow in the second round of the Scandinavian Masters today.

Nick Dougherty’s hopes of turning his consistent form into an overdue second European Tour title suffered an early blow in the second round of the Scandinavian Masters today.

Dougherty has had plenty of chances this season to add to his Caltex Masters victory in Singapore in 2005, leading a number of tournaments at various stages - including after the first round of the US Open.

However, the 25-year-old from Liverpool has had to settle for a string of top-10 finishes – he was seventh at Oakmont – and looked to have blown his chances of victory once more at Arlandastad this morning.

Four off the lead after an opening 68, Dougherty began his second round on the 10th and immediately opened with a bogey five to drop back to one over.

Worse was to quickly follow, a double bogey on the 12th followed by a bogey on the 13th leaving the protégé of six-time major winner Nick Faldo suddenly more worried about making the cut than winning the €1.6m event.

Those fears were eased in spectacular fashion with an eagle on the par-five 15th, but at level par the former Walker Cup star was still six shots behind overnight leader Scott Strange of Australia.

Strange was among the afternoon starters today as he looked to build on a superb 64 yesterday which gave him a one-shot lead over Birmingham’s Sam Walker and Swedish amateur Fredrik Qvicker.

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