Tuesday, February 02, 2016

 Swede Atlevi leading way at Senior Tour Q 

School on Algarve

Magnus P Atlevi is halfway along the road to redemption as he leads the European Senior Tour Qualifying School Final Stage after two rounds at Pestana Golf Resort’s Vale da Pinta course on the Algarve.
The Swede, whose double bogey at the final hole cost him a Senior Tour card 12 months ago, fired a bogey-free five under par round of 67 to open up a three shot advantage on the rest of the field at eight under par.
Atlevi – the youngest player in history to earn a card at European Tour Qualifying School as a 17 year old in 1982 – credited mental preparation for his performance in Portugal so far.
“I’m very happy with my round, no complaints,” said the 50 year old. “I played well but I’m only halfway though, there’s a lot of golf left – it’s a good start, I now just need to keep momentum and stay cool.
“I felt pretty confident in my game coming here this week. I’ve been solid for the last couple of years but there’s no guarantees, but I’ve been feeling good so far.
“A great advantage for me has been knowing the course well already. Ever since December, when I decided to come here, I’ve been playing the course in my head, mentally practising for the week.
“The course is in better shape than last year, the greens are smoother so it’s easier to make more putts and that’s an advantage. It’s not a long course so you have to be a bit tactical – you don’t have to play driver, for example. It can be an advantage, but you can really mess up from the tee as well.
“The green areas are tricky, quite sloped, but I’ve been having a good feel with the putter this week so I just need to keep it going for two more days now.”
Atlevi’s nearest rival is England’s Gary Marks who sits on five under par after two rounds in the 60s, tied for second place with Australian Graham Banister, but the 52 year old is aware the job is only half done at this stage.
“Five is that critical number this week so it’s good to be lying second at this halfway point,” he said. “There’s still a lot of work to do yet and I’m not taking anything for granted.
“You can’t control the final number and you can’t control anyone else – I know it’s a cliché, but you just try to hit one good shot at a time. If you can get to the final 18 holes with four or five shots in hand, then you can play strategy.
“My game is looking quite nice at the moment, but there’s always a ‘we’ll see’ until you get to the finishing line on Thursday.”
First-round leader, American Chris Hunsucker, recovered from making five bogeys in his outward nine to shoot 72 and sit in fourth spot on four under par.
The top five will earn Senior Tour cards on Thursday, with a play-off for the fifth and final card if necessary, while a cut after tomorrow’s third round will reduce the field, with anyone not within eight shots of fifth place missing out.


par 142 (2x71)
 134 M Atlevi (Swe) 68 66
 137 G Banister (Aus) 69 68, G Marks (Eng) 69 68
 138 C Hunsucker (USA) 66 72
 139 B Conser (USA) 69 70, C Dennis (USA) 68 71, Y Nilsson (Swe) 70 69
 140 B Cameron (Eng) 69 71, M Wiggett (Eng) 70 70, N Sweet (Eng) 72 68, J Carter (USA) 72 68
 141 B McGovern (Irl) 67 74, S McNally (Eng) 71 70, M Haddock (am) (Eng) 72 69
 142 K Hutton (Sco) 71 71, K Tarling (Can) 71 71, C Swart (RSA) 70 72, J Murphy (Eng) 69 73, A Fernandez (Chi) 71 71, D Westermark (Swe) 69 73, A Sherborne (Eng) 69 73
 143 J Buendia (Esp) 72 71, R Sabarros (Fra) 74 69, G Ryall (Eng) 72 71, M Bianco (Ita) 73 70, S Bennett (Eng) 72 71, W Grant (Eng) 72 71
 145 J Harrison (Eng) 71 74, P Scott (Eng) 72 73
 146 F Lamare (Fra) 72 74, B Smith (am) (Eng) 72 74
 147 J Sallat (Fra) 75 72, G Wolstenholme (Eng) 73 74, J Sanchez (Mex) 73 74, F Grosset-Grange (Fra) 76 71, J Carriles (Esp) 75 72, A Murray (Eng) 72 75,
 149 J Romero (Esp) 73 76, J Lovell (Eng) 73 76, K Smith (Can) 75 74, S McAllister (Sco) 76 73, M Krantz (Swe) 73 76, P Jackson (am) (Eng) 74 75
 150 M Wharton (Eng) 73 77, G Joyner (Aus) 77 73, R Tlhabanyane (RSA) 76 74,
 151 M Deboub (Alg) 74 77, T Lawrence (Eng) 75 76
 152 E Kocs (USA) 77 75, J Klubb (Swe) 75 77
 153 P Scarrett (am) (Eng) 80 73
 155 D Edlund (Swe) 76 79, K Tenmark (Swe) 79 76, S Henderson (am) (Sco) 75 80
 156 N Mitchell (Eng) 76 80, G Davies (Wal) 76 80, E Costa (Por) 76 80
 157 D Ray (Eng) 80 77
 159 B Loome (Eng) 85 74
 163 N Gassiebayle (am) (Arg) 81 82

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