Golf - Guthrie extends BMW lead in Shanghai

American Luke Guthrie extended his lead to four shots at the halfway stage of the BMW Masters as former world number ones Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood struggled to make an impact in cool and windy conditions in Shanghai on Friday

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Luke Guthrie of the U.S. lines a putt on the eighth hole during the BMW Masters 2013 golf tournament

The 23-year-old American offset five birdies with four bogeys in his one-under-par round of 71 at the Lake Malaren Golf Club for an eight-under total at the 77-player no-cut European Tour event.

 “Anything in the reds today was a good score. The winds were back up and it was a little cooler, I forgot my sweater and I was a little cold out there today,” Guthrie, who led by three shots after the first round, told the European Tour.

 “I played solid again and made a few more bogeys which was disappointing, kind of hit a few poor shots but hung in there and posted something in the red.

 “Its only halfway, there is so much more golf to go. Will have to see what the weather does, I think it is meant to get a little better.” England’s Simon Dyson had a disappointing double-bogey six on the last to sign for another 70 and fall into a six-way tie for second alongside fellow Britons Craig Lee (70), Paul Casey (70), Scott Jamieson (68), Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee (70) and Ricardo Gonzalez (67) of Argentina.

 Lee’s round was boosted by an eagle two on the 16th when he holed out from the middle of the fairway.

 The Scot had collected his putter from his bag before the roar from the gallery told him it was not needed as the ball bounced past the hole and rolled back down the slope and into the cup.

 “Just when I was starting to get a bit frustrated about not moving forward, then bang. I hole a four iron straight into the wind from 188 yards,” Lee said.

 “Always helps the scorecard, especially from a birdie on the hole before, so it was great.” Gonzalez, who celebrated his 44th birthday on Thursday, produced the best round of the day and it could have been one better if not for his only bogey of the day on the last.

 John Daly is another one of the over 40s club trying to claim victory at the $7 million event, the first of four in the European Tour’s Finals Series to determine the order of merit winner.

 The big hitting American fell back into a tie for ninth with Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (71) at two-under after two bogeys and a double in his final five holes resulted in a 74.

 That was still one better than McIlroy (72) and Westwood (71), who are tied for 12th at one-under for the championship.

 Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson was further back on two over after a 74, two shots adrift of his nearest challenger in the money list race, Graeme McDowell (74) of Northern Ireland.

Scores from the European Tour BMW Masters at the par-72 course on Friday in Shanghai

136 Luke Guthrie (U.S.) 65 71

140 Ricardo Gonzalez (Argentina) 73 67

Scott Jamieson (Britain) 72 68

Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) 70 70

Paul Casey (Britain) 70 70

Craig Lee (Britain) 70 70

Simon Dyson (Britain) 70 70

141 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 73 68

142 Brett Rumford (Australia) 73 69

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain) 71 71

John Daly (U.S.) 68 74

143 Ian Poulter (Britain) 74 69

Marcus Fraser (Australia) 73 70

Lee Westwood (Britain) 72 71

Francesco Molinari (Italy) 72 71

Rory McIlroy (Britain) 71 72

Gregory Bourdy (France) 70 73

Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 70 73

144 Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 75 69

Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 72 72

David Horsey (Britain) 72 72

Maximilian Kieffer (Germany) 72 72

Graeme McDowell (Britain) 70 74

Peter Uihlein (U.S.) 69 75

145 Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark) 75 70

Ross Fisher (Britain) 75 70

Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 73 72

146 Martin Kaymer (Germany) 75 71

Richard Sterne (South Africa) 74 72

Danny Willett (Britain) 74 72

Garth Mulroy (South Africa) 74 72

Matthew Griffin (Australia) 74 72

Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 72 74

147 Peter Hanson (Sweden) 79 68

Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) 76 71

Luke Donald (Britain) 75 72

Eduardo De La Riva (Spain) 75 72

Paul Lawrie (Britain) 74 73

148 Branden Grace (South Africa) 79 69

Paul McGinley (Ireland) 77 71

Stephen Gallacher (Britain) 77 71

Raphael Jacquelin (France) 76 72

Hu Mu (China) 75 73

149 Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 79 70

Shane Lowry (Ireland) 78 71

Felipe Aguilar (Chile) 77 72

Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) 74 75

Darren Fichardt (South Africa) 74 75

Wu Ashun (China) 73 76

Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 72 77

150 Mikko Ilonen (Finland) 80 70

Thomas Aiken (South Africa) 80 70

Li Haotong (China) 78 72

David Howell (Britain) 76 74

Liang Wenchong (China) 75 75

Alejandro Canizares (Spain) 75 75

Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) 74 76

Alexander Noren (Sweden) 74 76

Marc Warren (Britain) 73 77

Julien Quesne (France) 73 77

Huang Wenyi (China) 71 79

151 Su Dong (China) 76 75

Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 74 77

152 Marcel Siem (Germany) 81 71

Steve Webster (Britain) 79 73

Zhang Lianwei (China) 78 74

George Coetzee (South Africa) 78 74

153 Victor Dubuisson (France) 78 75

Simon Khan (Britain) 77 76

Ricardo Santos (Portugal) 77 76

Zhang Xinjun (China) 76 77

154 Li Xinyang (China) 77 77

155 Liu Yanwei (China) 78 77

156 He Shaocai (China) 83 73

Huang Mingjie (China) 81 75

162 Chris Wood (Britain) 79 83

163 Li Xuencheng (China) 85 78

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