Mighty Monty closes on Nobilo

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Colin Montgomerie was brimming with confidence yesterday after carding the day's best score of 65 and believes he is on target to win the Hamburg Open and then mount a serious challenge for the US Open.

The Scotsman, six shots behind overnight leader Frank Nobilo at the start of play after a first-round 71, closed the gap to two and said: "I'm right back in contention and that's what it's all about."

Nobilo maintained a one-stroke lead with a round of 69 for a 10-under- par total of 134, South African Retief Goosen was on 135 after a 67. Then came Montgomerie and eight other players, including holder Bernhard Langer, of Germany, on eight under.

But it was the 32-year-old Scot who played the finest golf on a day of sunshine combined with blustery winds. He had seven birdies and no bogeys in his round and said: "I was really disappointed with my first-round 71 and I stayed in my room all last night, idly flicking through the channels on the television set.

"But today I birdied five of my first six holes and that really set me alight. Unfortunately I missed four putts of less than eight feet in the next few holes and only two late birdies gave me a 65. So it could have been a much better score, although a round like this gives you real confidence. My big target is the US Open in two weeks time."

DEUTSCHE BANK OPEN (Hamburg) Second-round scores (GB or Irl unless stated: 134 F Nobilo (NZ) 65 69. 135 R Goosen (SA) 68 67. 136 G Orr 70 66; M Martin (Sp) 68 68; M Mackenzie 67 69; C Montgomerie 71 65; R Allenby (Aus) 66 70; S Ames (Trin) 68 68; S McAllister 70 66; B Langer (Ger) 66 70; R Boxall 66 70. 137 J Spence 68 69; M Harwood (Aus) 68 69; A Forsbrand (Swe) 69 68; D Clarke 70 67. 138 O Rojahn (Nor) 66 72; J Pinero (Sp) 69 69; M Campbell (NZ) 69 69; W Riley (Aus) 67 71; O Karlsson (Swe) 69 69; J Coceres (Arg) 67 71; M Davis 70 68; D Chopra (Swe) 67 71. 139 G Clark 69 70; G Evans 69 70; T Gogele (Ger) 71 68; P McGinley 68 71; T Bjorn (Den) 70 69; P Baker 68 71; P Broadhurst 69 70; A Cejka (Ger) 71 68; S Tinning (Den) 70 69; G Turner (NZ) 68 71; P Mitchell 69 70. 140 M Welch 69 71; C Hall 68 72; C Suneson (Sp) 73 67; C Rocca (It) 72 68; E Giraud (Fr) 67 73; P Haugsrud (Nor) 71 69; S Ballesteros (Sp) 70 70; E Romero (Arg) 71 69; M-A Jimenez (Sp) 68 72; I Woosnam 72 68; D Robertson 72 68; F Roca (Sp) 68 72; F Valera (Sp) 68 72. 141 T Price (Aus) 68 73; R Claydon 71 70; C Cevaer (Fr) 72 69; M McNulty (Zimb) 70 71; J Payne 70 71; G Chalmers (Aus) 68 73; R McFarlane 69 72; D Hospital (Sp) 70 71; L Westwood 66 75. 142 S Field 71 71; G Emerson 73 69; M Roe 68 74; P Nyman (Swe) 66 76; J Sandelin (Swe) 66 76; P Moloney (Aus) 72 70; S Brown 70 72; M Tunnicliff 72 70; D Williams 72 70; G Brand jnr 72 70; M Mouland 69 73; A Hunter 71 71; R Willison 72 70; N Fasth (Swe) 67 75; R Drummond 70 72; M Jonzon (Swe) 67 75; M Hallberg (Swe) 71 71; S Gallacher 69 73.

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