Gonzalez leads Johnnie Walker by one over Wiesberger after second day

Ricardo Gonzalez at the Johnnie Walker Championship
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Ricardo Gonzalez leads the Johnnie Walker Championship after a second straight 65.
By
Bernie McGuire
Associated Press

Series: European Tour

GLENEAGLES, Scotland – Ricardo Gonzalez shot a second straight 7-under 65 Friday to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Johnnie Walker Championship on the European Tour. 

The 352nd-ranked Argentine birdied three of his opening seven holes before finishing with five successive birdies to surge to 14-under 130 on the PGA Centenary Course that is hosting the Ryder Cup in 2014. 

Bernd Wiesberger of Austria, who shared the overnight lead with Gonzalez, was alone in second after carding a 66. 

The 43-year-old Gonzalez is a four-time winner on the European Tour, but his last victory came in 2009. Since then, both his parents have passed away, and the Argentine said he wants to secure another victory as a tribute to them. 

"The last two years have been very difficult personally," Gonzalez said. "So if I win, I would like to dedicate it to my mother and father, that's my target this week." 

Mark Foster, who lost in a playoff at Gleneagles in 2011, added a 67 to an opening-round 66 to sit in a tie for third place with fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood (65). 

Brooks Koepka of the United States was fifth, four shots behind, after making a second-hole eagle to go with four birdies in a round of 66. The 23-year-old Koepka is assured of full European Tour membership in 2014 after winning three times this year on the secondary Challenge Tour. 

England's Paul Waring equaled the Centenary Course record with a 63, but is only in a tie for 19th place on after a 75 on Thursday.