Friday, September 01, 2017

Slattery will get you everywhere at Czech

Masters until rain cuts short Round 2

Lee Slattery produced a brilliant second-round 65 in wet and cold conditions to set the clubhouse target before play was suspended for the day at the D+D REAL Czech Masters.
The Englishman - a two-time European Tour winner - sits 107th on the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex but found his form in spectacular style in Prague at the Albatross Golf Resort, as he went on to record eight birdies and a single bogey to get to seven under, four shots clear of Zander Lombard who was his nearest challenger in the clubhouse.
Slattery made gains on the tenth, 11th, a hat-trick from the 13th and another birdie on the 16th to match Eddie Pepperell's back nine 30 from Thursday. His approach to eight feet on the second handed the 39 year old the lead on his own, with his 65 the best completed round of the day by some four shots.
The rain had been falling heavily throughout the morning and by early afternoon the course became unplayable, with play suspended at 2.20pm local time with the final four groups having all 18 holes to complete.
South African Dylan Frittelli was one under after four holes to sit a shot off the lead, one clear of England's Chris Hanson and Swede Pontus Widegren, both of whom had completed a single hole.
Chile's Felipe Aguilar, Frenchman Grégory Bourdy and English duo James Morrison and Callum Shinkwin were all four under par in the early stages of their second rounds.
South African Lombard had five birdies and four bogeys in his 71, with countryman Jaco Ahlers, 2014 champion Jamie Donaldson, German Bernd Ritthammer and Austrian Martin Wiegele all on the front nine also at three under.
Englishmen Pepperell and Matthew Fitzpatrick, last week's winner Julian Suri, 2015 champion Thomas Pieters and Italian Matteo Manassero were then all in the clubhouse at two under.
The second round will restart at 7.30am local time on Saturday with the third round not starting before 12.45pm from a two tee start, U-draw.





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