Monty in ''Orr'' of Gary

As predicted, a Scot leads at halfway of the British Masters, but Monty faded as he watched his countryman Orr catch light

Martin Park
Sat, 12 Aug 2000

Monty in ''Orr'' of Gary

After shooting a 62 earlier in the day, Scotland's Gary Orr takes a one shot lead into the third round of the Victor Chandler British Masters over Zimbabwe's Mark McNulty.

Colin Montgomerie is four shots back form his compatriot after shooting "only" a 69 on day two.

McNulty backed up yesterday's 7-under 65 with another one today and amazingly finds himself out of the lead thanks to Orr's amazing 62 earlier in the day.

"I don't think I have ever shot 65, 65 on a course of this quality and been one behind". Said McNulty.

"I am very happy to be one behind, because when you have shot a couple of scores like that I am obviously very delighted".

Montgomerie started the day three clear of the field but with a poor back nine of 38, the big Scot could not finish off his excellent from nine score where he made up some ground on the other "flying" Scotsman Orr.

"62 is a very good score" said Monty. "Posted in the morning, it gave everyone a challenge. I must admit though, I thought I was up tot hat halfway around and it just faded. I came back in 38 which is four too many, that is why I am four behind! He added.

But the day belonged to Orr, whose 62 set a new course record around the Dukes Course at Woburn, pipping Peter Baker and Ian Woosnam's previous benchmark.

But the 33-year-old Orr form Helensburgh knows that it is not over yet as both Monty and McNulty and others in the pack are capable of shooting low numbers.

"You can't afford to think you are in a good position because some is capable of popping up and shooting low scores so I have got to try and keep my head down and make as many birdies as I can". Said Orr.

Orr made eight birdies and one eagle for a paltry 62. But he rode his luck, both good and bad to compile the score and played perhaps one of the shots of they year at the last hole when he was stymied behind a lone birch tree after hitting a terrible tee shot.

It could have been a bogey or worst, but Orr turned it into an amazing birdie to give him the course record and ultimately, a one shot cushion. He cut his ball around the tree for 130-yards and lipped out for a 61, which would have equalled his lowest ever round in Professional golf.

“At the last I blocked it off the tee and was blocked out,” said Orr. “I didn’t know whether to hook it or cut it. I thought I would try to chip and run it with a 3-iron around the tree. I saw it run up the green and lost sight of it, but my caddie said it was good.

“That was THE shot out of the 62. I could have easily made a bogey and that would have left a sour taste. To make birdie was amazing really. I had about 130 yards and it was a chip and run to squirt it under the branches of the trees.”

Today will be the big test for Orr as he tries to win his second European Tour event. If he can keep ahead of Montgomerie and McNulty, then the big Scot has every chance of snatching an unlikely win ahead of the pre-tournament red-hot favourite Montgomerie.