Welshman Donaldson was three strokes ahead of his Ryder Cup team
mate Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and five clear of England's Lee
Westwood, who shot a 69 after a disappointing opening 73 to make the
"I needed a couple more rounds," Westwood told the European Tour
"I was not particularly competitive yesterday, it was pretty
scratchy, but today was more solid. A few iffy shots but it was nice
to finish with two birdies in the last four holes to ensure being
here for the weekend and two more competitive rounds."
Scotland's Stephen Gallacher missed out on the weekend, however, as
a solid 70 failed to repair the damage of a dismal first-round 78
and he will have an extra two days practice before making his Ryder
Cup debut at Gleneagles.
"Yesterday was quite tough," Gallacher said after a round containing
two birdies and one bogey.
"It was tough to get going and get my head around it but today was a
lot better. I was maybe trying a wee bit too hard yesterday.
"I feel good, I'm physically and mentally good so I am really
looking forward to next week."
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Ireland's Lowry shot a sparkling 65 to lead the field by one shot
from Dutchman Joost Luiten and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, a hero of
Europe's victory over the United States in the 2012 Ryder Cup.
(Reporting by Ed Osmond, editing by Justin Palmer)
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