Friday, August 28, 2015

Broadhurst stakes his claim at Archerfield

Paul Broadhurst survived a late scare to claim a share of the lead heading into the final round of the Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open over the Fidra course at Archerfield Links.

The 50 year old English debutant, pictured by Cal Carson Golf Agency,  was seven under par after 14 holes of his second round but then dropped four shots over his last four holes to card a three under par 69 and drop into a share of the lead with Gordon Manson on three under par 141.
On a day when a strong wind blew towards the Firth of Forth, a total of 11 players finished within two shots of the lead with 18 holes to come.
Peter Fowler shot a fine four under par 68 to move up into a share of third place with Ken Tarling and Bill Longmuir on two under par 142, while England’s Phil Golding matched Broadhurst’s 69 to tie for sixth place alongside Gordon Brand Jnr, Pedro Linhart, Carl Mason, Stephen McAllister with former Scottish Senior Open champion Santiago Luna one shot further back.

Bob Cameron, Juan Quiros, Mark Mouland, Tim Thelan and Graeme Bell also remain very much in contention having played the first 36 holes in a cumulative level par 144.

Broadhurst is making his Senior Tour debut after turning 50 little more than a week ago and he could not have asked for a better start to his second round. He had opened with a level par 72 and starting from the tenth a day later he quickly moved to seven under par with birdies at the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th, first and second before hitting reverse gear with a bogey on the sixth, a double bogey on the seventh and a bogey on the ninth. 

“I played lovely for the first 14 holes and don’t really know what happened after that,” admitted the former Ryder Cup player, who is bidding to become just the tenth player to win on his debut on the European Senior Tour.

“I didn’t do too much wrong to be honest. I hit a very good drive down six but it disappeared into the trap. I wasn’t trying to be cute but it caught the lip and the ball came back in. It was a hell of a good six in the end.

“On seven I hit a bad drive off the fairway down the right. It was tight to the trees. I tried to hit a low cut iron but it cut too quickly and hit a tree full in the middle and bounced straight back beside a cone. I had no shot then. I was lucky to get back to the fairway.

“It was almost as if everything went wrong over the last four holes but I suppose that’s golf for you. It just didn’t happen and now I’ve got to try to put that behind me and get back on track tomorrow.

“If somebody had said at the start of the week that I would be tied for the lead with a round to go I would have taken that but obviously dropping four shots over the last four holes is disappointing.  

“It was good while it lasted and now I’ve just got to find the magic again. I’ve had some low scores this year. At the Cornish Festival I shot 67-64-64 so the low one is in there. I’ve just got to try to produce it tomorrow. I don’t really know what happened to be honest. I can’t really explain it.”

St Andrews-born Manson arrived in East Lothian full of confidence after winning his first European Senior tour title at the recent Swiss Seniors Open at Bad Ragaz. He had opened with a one under par 71 and moved up to three under with a 70 that began with five birdies in his first 12 holes before dropping shots at the 14th and 15th coming home.  

“I love it in Scotland,” said the Austrian-based former club professional.” I feel at home here. It inspires me.

“The good thing about here at Archerfield is that on a good day you can see the Kingdom of Fife. That’s the special thing about playing here. The course is nice but the best bit about it is you can see the Kingdom of Fife (across the Firth of Forth).“I finished second at the ISPS Handa PGA

 Seniors Championship at Close House and in the following tournament I won in Switzerland. That was a big confidence booster. Getting into the winner’s circle is not so easy. Some guys manage it quicker than others but I’ve got there in the end and it was a great feeling to have done it.
“I suppose you could say it was the culmination of four years' hard work. This is my fifth season on the Senior Tour. You’ve just got to keep plugging away, keep working and if you’re lucky your day might come.
“I played steady today,” he added.” I was good on the greens. I’ve got the pace on the greens and I’m hitting it solid. Those two holes on the back nine cost me a couple of shots but other than that I played very well. It’s still tough out there. The wind might not be quite as strong as yesterday but it’s still a bigger factor on certain holes. It could by no means be described as easy.”
That was something the Fidra course architect DJ Russell found to his cost. He had shared the lead with Peter O’Malley and Gary Marks after opening with a two under par 70 but all three dropped well down the leaderboard after Marks carded a 76, O’Malley shot 78 and Russell stuttered to an 84.
“What a difference a day makes,” said Russell. “I dropped a shot at the first after having to rush to the first tee and that seemed to set the tone for the day.
“I didn’t putt very well and I had a couple of stupid disasters. On the 12th I hit it into a bad lie in the left-hand rough. I tried to be a bit greedy and I hit it into the long grass across the green. That cost me a seven and on the fifth I ran up an eight after hitting it left into the woods. I hit a tree and it came back to me. I had another go but that didn’t work any better. It was a good eight in the end.
“It was a horrible day and my confidence disintegrated,” he explained.” If I’ve had a problem throughout my career it is performing when I’ve been the centre of attention and this was another example of that today. It’s wonderful we’re playing the tournament here but with everything doing on it might have been a little bit too much for me mentally.”

Par 144 (2x72)
 141 P Broadhurst (Eng) 72 69, G Manson (Aut) 71 70,
 142 K Tarling (Can) 72 70, B Longmuir (Sco) 72 70, P Fowler (Aus) 74 68,
 143 S Luna (Esp) 73 70, G Brand Jnr (Sco) 72 71, S McAllister (Sco) 71 72, P Golding (Eng) 74 69, P Linhart (Esp) 71 72, C Mason (Eng) 71 72,
 144 T Thelen (USA) 71 73, B Cameron (Eng) 75 69, G Bell (Eng) 71 73, M Mouland (Wal) 71 73, J Quiros (Esp) 74 70,
 145 G Rusnak (USA) 71 74, W Grant (Eng) 73 72, C Monasterio (Arg) 73 72, J Remesy (Fra) 77 68,
 146 L Zhang (Chn) 74 72, G Marks (Eng) 70 76, M Farry (Fra) 72 74, B Lane (Eng) 77 69,
 147 P Walton (Irl) 74 73, M Martin (Esp) 76 71, A Bossert (Sui) 73 74, G Wolstenholme (Eng) 74 73,
 148 R Drummond (Sco) 72 76, A Oldcorn (Sco) 77 71, P Eales (Eng) 74 74, R Gibson (Can) 72 76, P O'Malley (Aus) 70 78,
 149 M Harwood (Aus) 79 70, J Gould (Eng) 76 73, A Murray (Eng) 76 73, A Sherborne (Eng) 77 72, D Smyth (Irl) 72 77,
 150 D O'Sullivan (Irl) 78 72, R Rafferty (Nir) 78 72,
 151 C Williams (RSA) 75 76,
 152 N Job (Eng) 77 75, P Mitchell (Eng) 78 74, S Brown (Eng) 77 75,
 153 S Tinning (Den) 81 72, P Wesselingh (Eng) 73 80, A Forsbrand (Swe) 77 76, M Davis (Eng) 76 77, N Ratcliffe (Aus) 77 76,
 154 J Harrison (Eng) 77 77, D J Russell (Eng) 70 84,
 155 T Elliott (Aus) 78 77, S Torrance (Sco) 78 77, R Sabarros (Fra) 77 78, M Mackenzie (Eng) 80 75,
 156 B Marchbank (Sco) 84 72, J Carriles (Esp) 81 75,
 157 M James (Eng) 75 82,
 158 G Brand (Eng) 82 76,
 165 M Piñero (Esp) 88 77,




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