Classy Jamie Donaldson leads in Prague

Jamie Donaldson, the leading world ranked player in this week's field, continued his commanding charge towards a third European Tour title and an automatic qualification spot for The 2014 Ryder Cup as the Welshman maintained his one-shot lead at the halfway point of the inaugural D+D REAL Czech Masters.

The 38 year old, who currently sits in eighth position in The Ryder Cup Points List, entered the second round with a single stroke advantage after a six under par opening round 66 and, having negotiated his first nine holes in one under, he soon put the pedal to the metal.

Birdies at the first (his tenth), third, fourth and sixth moved him four shots clear of the pack momentarily but he would follow that with back to back bogeys at the seventh and eighth to settle for a three under par 69 and a nine under par total, one ahead of Grégory Bourdy.

The Frenchman, who already has four European Tour titles to his name, signed for a five under par 67 to move to eight under for the tournament.

The round of the day came from Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who fired a stunning seven under par 65 to establish a new course record at the stunning Albatross Golf Resort and move into a share of third place on seven under, where he was joined by another Ryder Cup hopeful "“ Scotland's Stephen Gallacher (67) "“ and three others.

"I played nicely again and made a lot of birdies out there today," said Donaldson. "A few bogeys but if I can go out there tomorrow and play as well as I've played over the last couple of days I'll be in a strong position going into the final round.

"It's a great golf course, it's generous off the tee and you're setting yourself up for birdies on a regular basis. Hopefully it will be more of the same and go and attack at the weekend.

"We had good fun out there (with Stephen Gallacher), good chat all the way around. We both played well, he got on a good run as well as me so it was good fun out there, plenty of banter."

Frenchman Bourdy is enjoying his week to date and he too was full of praise for the golf course. "I'm very happy to be in this position, it was a great round today, really solid. I really enjoy this course and enjoy this place so that's why I'm feeling confident here.

"I like almost everything about this place. I like the design and when I arrived on Monday and played Tuesday I was surprised it was so good, especially the conditions. I think the greens are probably in the top three we have on The European Tour.

"They are quick and great conditions. The whole course is very good and the practise facilities are probably some of the best we have on tour. I feel good here and also to be in Prague, it's a lovely city, and we're staying in town so I'm enjoying every moment here."

The two Australians in the field, Nathan Holman and Wade Orsmby, both missed the cut, Holman rushing back from last week's Fiji International to play this week's event.

Leading scores after round two:

135 J Donaldson (Wal) 66 69,
136 G Bourdy (Fra) 69 67,
137 T Fleetwood (Eng) 72 65, L Slattery (Eng) 68 69, S Gallacher (Sco) 70 67, G Porteous (Eng) 70 67, J Hahn (USA) 68 69,
138 J Morrison (Eng) 70 68, O Stark (Swe) 71 67, S Kjeldsen (Den) 68 70, B Dredge (Wal) 68 70, P Hedblom (Swe) 70 68, M Bremner (RSA) 70 68,
139 D Stewart (Sco) 70 69, K Ferrie (Eng) 68 71, P Waring (Eng) 68 71, J Hansen (Den) 70 69, J Lagergren (Swe) 71 68,
140 P Whiteford (Sco) 70 70, S Walker (Eng) 69 71, R Kakko (Fin) 70 70, A Otaegui (Esp) 70 70, P Lawrie (Sco) 70 70, J Colomo (Esp) 69 71, C Lee (Sco) 69 71, T Lee (USA) 72 68, F Andersson Hed (Swe) 72 68, D Lipsky (USA) 69 71,
141 S Kim (Kor) 74 67, D Kemmer (USA) 71 70, P Archer (Eng) 69 72, H Otto (RSA) 70 71, R Bland (Eng) 71 70, S Kapur (Ind) 71 70, K Phelan (Irl) 72 69, J Knutzon (USA) 70 71, J Luiten (Ned) 70 71,
142 A Sullivan (Eng) 69 73, E Pepperell (Eng) 70 72, R Karlberg (Swe) 70 72, G Boyd (Eng) 72 70, A Pavan (Ita) 72 70, K Horne (RSA) 68 74, S Webster (Eng) 70 72, R Gonzalez (Arg) 74 68, D Frittelli (RSA) 72 70, M Nixon (Eng) 68 74, J Doherty (Sco) 73 69, T Sluiter (Ned) 69 73, F Calmels (Fra) 70 72,
143 A Saddier (Fra) 71 72, M Baldwin (Eng) 72 71, M Foster (Eng) 74 69, T Hatton (Eng) 70 73, S Manley (Wal) 71 72, D Willett (Eng) 68 75, N Elvira (Esp) 72 71, G Bhullar (Ind) 72 71, D Huizing (Ned) 69 74, P Uihlein (USA) 70 73, M Lundberg (Swe) 67 76, S Chowrasia (Ind) 68 75, D McGrane (Irl) 73 70, J Heath (Eng) 73 70,
144 E Dubois (Fra) 71 73, J Sjöholm (Swe) 74 70, A Wall (Eng) 72 72, F Aguilar (Chi) 73 71, E Grillo (Arg) 72 72, G Stal (Fra) 71 73, G Maybin (Nir) 72 72, Z Scotland (Eng) 74 70, T Lewis (Eng) 74 70, A Forsyth (Sco) 73 71, S Jamieson (Sco) 71 73, P Sjöland (Swe) 72 72, B Evans (Eng) 74 70, B Stone (RSA) 71 73, J Kingston (RSA) 76 68, C Hanson (Eng) 74 70, P Lawrie (Irl) 72 72, A Hartø (Den) 73 71, S Wakefield (Eng) 70 74, H Porteous (RSA) 74 70,

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