Author of a magnificent 63 (-8) at the opening on Thursday, Matthieu Pavon had to settle for a 70 (-1) in this second round of the Italian Open. The French however retains control at -9 (133) ahead of his compatriot Julien Guerrier and the Spaniard Adrian Otaegui (-7). Favorite for victory, Victor Perez is in fifth place at -5 (137). Twelve of the seventeen Habs entered on the route which will host the 44th Ryder Cup at the end of September pass the cut. Defending champion, Scotsman Robert MacIntyre withdrew after eighteen holes, suffering from back pain…
It wasn’t so much fun Matthew Pavon this Friday on the delicate route of the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club from Rome. The French, on a cloud Thursday with his inaugural 63 (-8), had to settle for a card of 70 (-1).
Despite a super solid start with three birdies on holes 11, 12 and 13, Pavon, starting from the 10th, followed up with two bogeys on the 14th and 17th before skidding again on the return to the 8th. Fortunately, his last birdie on the par 5 of the 9 allows him to return a card under par and retain tournament control at midday.
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” After yesterday, it was hard to come back inhe explained at the end of this 2nd round at the microphone of the DP World Tour. I started my game well, there were very good things at the start. I slipped a few birdies to put myself immediately under par. It gave me a lot of confidence. Afterwards, I made a few small mistakes. The course is difficult. It’s not easy to make good chip-putts around the greens. I dropped a couple of points but I’m very happy to have finished under par today. I find that the flags were a little harder than yesterday, less accessible. The greens have firmed up. We haven’t had rain since Wednesday. We are close to 30 degrees today, I think the greens are going to be firmer and firmer, faster and faster… That will be the challenge for this weekend. »
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At -9 (133), the Frenchman, still looking for a first success on the European Tour, has a two-point lead over his compatriot Julian Warrior69 (-2), and the Spaniard Adrian Otaegui67(-4). 63rd player in the world, the Pole Adrian Meronk68 (-3), is only fourth at -6 (136).
Victor Perez, in ambush before the weekend
In the hard on the go with a hard 36 (+1), Victor Perez got back on track remarkably on the return with notably four birdies and above all a superb eagle on the par 5 of 18. Third last year here on the course which will host the 44th Ryder Cup in history at the end of September, the Tarbais occupies fifth place at -5 (137) tied with the Finn Tapio Pulkanen and the Swedish Alexander Bjork.
Also in ambush Clement Sordetin good momentum after finishing 7th in the Korea Championship last week in Incheon. The pupil of Benoit Ducoulombier appears in 14th position at -3 (139), six lengths behind the tricolor leader. Twelve French pass the cut set at +2.
Dubuisson… gives up!
stay at the dock Gary Stall (+4), Gregory Havret (+8), Adrian Saddier (+10), just like Joel Stalter And Victor Dubuisson. The first did not start this second round while the second withdrew after eight holes. The Cannois made his big comeback on the DP World Tour after… three months of rest!
Note that the Scottish Robert MacIntyretitle holder, did not show up at 8:20 this morning on tee n°10. Author of a 73 (+2) on Thursday, the Briton, claiming to join the European Ryder Cup team in the fall here in Rome, withdrew due to back pain. ” Disgusted to forfeit this morning… Fortunately, nothing too seriousMacIntyre commented via social media. Make way for a week of rest before the PGA Championship… »
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