Prague, Czech Republic (SportsNetwork.com) - With the potential to lock up a Ryder Cup spot, Jamie Donaldson maintained his lead after Friday's second round at the Czech Masters.
Despite bogeys on his final two holes, Donaldson carded a 3-under 69 to end two rounds at 9-under-par 135. He currently owns the next-to-last spot on the world points list for the European Ryder Cup team.
However, a win this week, would lock up his spot on the team, which would be his first Ryder Cup appearance.
Gregory Bourdy is alone in second place at minus-8 after carding a 5-under 67 in round two.
Stephen Gallacher, who is 11th on the world points list and 13th on the European points list, also shot 67 in the second round. He shares third place at 7-under-par 137 with Tommy Fleetwood (65), Garrick Porteous (67), Lee Slattery (69) and John Hahn (69).
Bradley Dredge, last week's runner-up, posted a 2-under 70 to end 36 holes at minus-6. He was joined in eighth by Peter Hedblom (68), Oscar Stark (67), Soren Kjeldsen (70), James Morrison (68) and Merrick Bremner (68).
Donaldson played the back nine first on Friday and opened with a pair of pars. He birdied the 12th for the second day in a row before stumbling to a bogey at No. 13 on the Albatross Golf Resort.
The Welshman parred three straight from the 14th before making his second birdie in two days at the 17th. A par at 18 put Donaldson at 7-under at the turn.
Donaldson caught fire early on the front nine. After a birdie on the first, he converted an 8-foot birdie try at the third. He made it two in a row as his birdie effort from off the green at the fourth found the bottom of the cup.
The two-time European Tour winner dropped his approach inside five feet at the sixth. He made that birdie effort as well to climb to 11-under. However, Donaldson bogeyed seven and eight to slide to minus-9, and that's where he ended after a par on No. 9.
"We had good fun out there, 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," Donaldson said of Gallacher, one of his playing partners. "I played nicely again and made a lot of birdies out there today, but a few bogeys so 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."
Bourdy, who was two groups behind Donaldson, flew out of the gate with three consecutive birdies from the 10th to jump to 6-under. He parred four in a row from the 13th before a birdie on the 17th.
Around the turn, Bourdy birdied one and two, but followed with bogeys at the third and fourth, which dropped him back to minus-7.
Bourdy got one of those strokes back with a birdie on the par-4 sixth. He closed his round with three straight pars to end one back.
"I'm very happy to be in this position, it was a great round today, really solid," said Bourdy. "I really enjoy this course and enjoy this place so that's why I'm feeling confident here."
NOTES: Donaldson needs 30,000 euros to clinch his spot on the Ryder Cup team. That would mean anything within the top eight on the final leaderboard would be enough for him to earn that spot ... The cut line fell at even-par 144 with 84 players moving on to the weekend ... Among those that missed the cut were Bernd Wiesberger, Simon Dyson, Anders Hansen and Nicolas Colsaerts.
08/22 14:24:52 ET