Friday, June 05, 2015

Forsband and Fowler share lead in Jersey

 Seniors' Open

Anders Forsbrand and Peter Fowler are locked at the top of the leaderboard heading into the final day of the Acorn Jersey Open, after the links-loving pair carded matching second rounds of 68 at La Moye Golf Club.
In-form Australian Fowler, who finished tied second in last week’s Wales Senior Open, posted five birdies over the course where he made his debut on both The European Tour in 1983 and European Senior Tour in 2009, but he three-putted the last hole for his only bogey of the day, settling for a six under par total of 138.
That was matched by Swede Forsbrand, the winner of the 2012 Scottish Senior Open over the links of Fairmont St Andrews. He  carded one more birdie than Fowler, but bogeyed the closing hole on both nines in his four under par round of 68.
Fowler has mixed memories of his trips to La Moye, having injured his back at the venue on the eve of his maiden Senior Tour appearance six years ago, which subsequently kept him out of action for a year.
Despite that painful experience, La Moye remains a course of which the 2011 Order of Merit winner is very fond, and he is looking forward to trying to add to his three Senior Tour titles.Like Fowler, Forsbrand is an aficionado of links golf, and he is targeting an improvement on the greens in his final round, as he chases a second Senior Tour win.
“I only missed two greens, but didn’t get too much out of the round,” he said. “It’s tough out there though and hard to hit it close. Anything around par is good here, so I’m happy with the first two rounds.
“It depends on the wind but this course is a bit harder than at Fairmont, where I won, because some of the greens can be tricky. Any wind makes it hard, so you need to move the ball and it requires good golf, but I love links courses.
Forsbrand and Fowler have a two shot cushion from English pair Andrew Sherborne and Mark Davis, who signed for rounds of 68 and 71 respectively, and joint first round leader André Bossert of Switzerland, who posted a level par 72.
Jersey resident Ian Woosnam, the former World Number One and Masters Champion, lost ground with a two over par round of 74, and is now eight shots off the pace in a share of 25th position.

par 144 (2x72)
 138 A Forsbrand (Swe) 70 68, P Fowler (Aus) 70 68,
 140 A Bossert (Sui) 68 72, M Davis (Eng) 69 71, A Sherborne (Eng) 72 68,
 141 M Farry (Fra) 70 71, P Golding (Eng) 72 69, R Gibson (Can) 69 72,
 142 M Mouland (Wal) 73 69, K Tarling (Can) 70 72,
 143 J Quiros (Esp) 68 75, J Remesy (Fra) 71 72, T Thelen (USA) 75 68,
 144 P Wesselingh (Eng) 73 71, S Luna (Esp) 75 69, M Mackenzie (Eng) 75 69, M James (Eng) 72 72, D Russell (Eng) 73 71,
 145 M Harwood (Aus) 74 71, D Smyth (Irl) 73 72, G Brand Jnr (Sco) 73 72, J Harrison (Eng) 75 70, P Walton (Irl) 73 72, C Mason (Eng) 70 75,
 146 R Rafferty (Nir) 76 70, B Lane (Eng) 70 76, I Woosnam (Wal) 72 74, R Drummond (Sco) 75 71, G Manson (Aut) 74 72,
 147 D O'Sullivan (Irl) 73 74, P Way (Eng) 73 74, S Brown (Eng) 74 73, J Bruner (USA) 73 74, M Martin (Esp) 73 74, N Job (Eng) 74 73,
 148 S Tinning (Den) 74 74, P Eales (Eng) 76 72, G Rusnak (USA) 75 73, B Longmuir (Sco) 74 74,
 149 G Brand (Eng) 72 77, G Wolstenholme (Eng) 74 75, T Price (Aus) 78 71, W Grant (Eng) 77 72, J Berendt (Arg) 74 75, A Oldcorn (Sco) 76 73,
 150 D Hospital (Esp) 76 74, P Mitchell (Eng) 76 74,
 151 T Johnstone (Zim) 78 73, L Carbonetti (Arg) 75 76, C Williams (RSA) 78 73,
 153 P Linhart (Esp) 75 78, T Elliott (Aus) 76 77,
 156 P Harrison (Eng) 79 77,
 157 M Deeley (Eng) 81 76, S Torrance (Sco) 78 79,
 158 G Emerson (Eng) 80 78, N Ratcliffe (Aus) 79 79,
 166 W Stephens (Eng) 88 78,

 ** G Marks (Eng) 71 withdrew, B Cameron (Eng) 76 retired




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