Coltart in line to end long wait

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Andrew Coltart moved into contention for his first European Tour win in three years in the Great North Open yesterday. The Scot hit his second 68 to join Bradley Dredge of Wales at the top of the leaderboard on eight-under par 136 midway through the second round.

Paul Casey of England was a stroke behind after a 66, his best round since turning professional in November last year, with Belgium's Nicolas Vanhootegem and England's Jamie Spence another stroke back on six under. Sweden's Olle Karlsson was three shots off the lead on five under after equalling the course record with a 65 after an opening 74.

Coltart won the Qatar Masters in 1998 and made his Ryder Cup debut two years ago but has not quite lived up to the promise he showed earlier in his career.

Lee Westwood hit a double bogey on the third, virtually ending his faint hopes of mounting a spectacular effort to make the cut and retain his title.

GREAT NORTH OPEN (Slaley Hall) Early leading second-round scores: 136 B Dredge 69 67, A Coltart 68 68; 137 P Casey 71 66; 138 N Vanhootegem (Bel) 72 66, J Spence 68 70; 139 O Karlsson (Swe) 74 65; 140 S Dyson 72 68, D Lee 66 74, L Parsons (Aus) 71 69, J Rose 70 70, S Gardiner (Aus) 69 71; 141 J Wade (Aus) 74 67, S Webster 73 68, G Havret (Fr) 73 68, S Hansen (Den) 71 70.