Friday, November 01, 2013


Andrea Pavan soared into a three-shot lead at the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final hosted by Al Badia Golf Club, thanks a six-under-par second round of 66, leaving him right on course to become the first multiple winner of the prestigious event.
The Italian entered the week as the man to catch in the race to be 
crowned European Challenge Tour Number One and, having shared 
the first round lead overnight at the splendid Al Badia Golf Club by 
InterContinental, his relentless charge to a season-ending double 
only gathered pace on day two.
Pavan started as he meant to continue, with a birdie at the first, but 
after reaching the turn in one under, it was the back nine where his 
round caught fire in the scorching Dubai heat.
A birdie at the tenth kicked things off before he picked up another shot at the par five 13th and just as the likes of Shiv Kapur, Tyrrell 
Hatton and José-Filipe Lima began to close the gap on the 24 year 
old, he slammed it shut to finish with three consecutive birdies and 
move three clear on 12 under par.
Nobody has ever won the Challenge Tour’s finale twice and, 
having claimed the title on his home course in Italy in 2011, 
Pavan is relishing the opportunity to create history and better 
his second place finish in the Rankings two years ago.
“It would be fantastic to finish off the season in style,” he said. “But 
I have two rounds to go. I know what I need to do but I can’t 
control what the other guys do, and if someone goes low on the 
weekend then hats off to them. I just have to play my best, be right 
there towards the end, and finish it off.
“There is still a lot of golf to play, and even if someone else wins 
and I finish second I’ll still be the Number One so I’m in a great 
spot and I can’t complain.
“If I keep playing like this it is just a matter of being patient and 
waiting for the birdies to come because you get a lot of 
opportunities. But you need to play smart out here because if you 
get too aggressive and miss a few shots, you get punished.”
Kapur, meanwhile, is in need of a strong finish this week if he is to 
claim one of the 15 European Tour cards on offer at the end of the 
finale and he is right on course for a return to The Race to Dubai 
next season after a six under 66 moved him to outright second on 
nine under par.
“I knew going into China and this week that I needed a good 
finish,” said the Indian, who won the 2013 Challenge Tour 
season opener in his home country. “The focus was on trying to 
win and if you try to win or contend that will take care of 
anything else.
“I don’t think the goals will change for the weekend, I want to put 
myself in a position where I can have a chance to win and that’s all I 
want to do and we’ll look at the money list at the end of that.”
Englishman Hatton and Lima of Portugal were one shot further 
back on eight under par, having both enjoyed strong finishes to their 
rounds to mount a title push.
Hatton finished with three birdies to card a five under par 67 while 
Lima posted an eagle at the par five last hole to sign for a six under 
Par 144 (2x72)

132 A Pavan (Ita) 66 66,
135 S Kapur (Ind) 69 66,
136 T Hatton (Eng) 69 67, J Lima  (Por) 70 66,
138 N Elvira  (Esp) 70 68, J Guerrier  (Fra) 69 69, O Wilson (Eng) 71 67, S Tiley (Eng) 73 65, W Besseling  (Ned) 70 68, R Davies (Wal) 69 69, J McLeary  (Sco) 68 70, J Carlsson (Swe) 68 70,
139 A McArthur  (Sco) 70 69,
140 E Dubois (Fra) 68 72, T Nørret (Den) 71 69, D Stewart (Sco) 72 68, S Manley (Wal) 73 67,
141 T Sluiter  (Ned) 70 71, J Garcia Pinto (Esp) 71 70,
142 S Kim (SKor) 73 69, A Gee  (Eng) 73 69,
143 J Elson  (Eng) 72 71, N Lemke (Swe) 70 73, B Ritthammer (Ger) 74 69, J Dantorp (Swe) 70 73, B Paolini (USA) 66 77,
144 R Kakko  (Fin) 73 71, D Gaunt (Aus) 72 72, J Fahrbring (Swe) 73 71, V Riu  (Fra) 72 72,
145 S Walker (Eng) 77 68, J Huldahl (Den) 73 72, B An (Kor) 74 71
146 L Kennedy  (Eng) 68 78, P Archer (Eng) 74 72, M Crespi  (Ita) 73 73
147 A Otaegui  (Esp) 69 78
148 D Frittelli (RSA) 72 76, R Dinwiddie  (Eng) 76 72,
149 D Huizing (Ned) 76 73,
150 L Bjerregaard  (Den) 73 77, D Im (USA) 74 76, F Calmels  (Fra) 72 78
151 A Domingo (Esp) 77 74




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