Foster's 6-under 66 ties him for lead at windy British Masters

Updated: September 21, 2007, 3:45 PM ET
Associated Press

SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Mark Foster shot a 6-under 66 in a strong, swirling wind Friday to share the lead with Robert-Jan Derksen after two rounds of the British Masters.

Both players were at 7-under 137, leading a group of five players by one stroke. Derksen shot a 68.

Foster started at the 10th and chipped in for birdie at the 11th. He eagled the 538-yard third hole -- his 12th of the day -- by hitting a 5-wood to 15 feet. He also birdied the difficult 438-yard eighth into the wind with a 5-wood to 12 feet.

Foster earned his only Tour victory at the 2003 Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

Derksen played through some rain and finished before a short suspension.

Martin Erlandsson had an eagle and seven birdies in his tournament-leading 63 on Thursday, but he could only manage one birdie Friday in the tough conditions for a 75.

That was good enough for a share of third place with Lee Westwood (70), Ian Poulter (71), Sam Walker (67) and Soren Kjeldsen (72).

Colin Montgomerie shot 70, three shots behind the leaders.

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