Friday, July 27, 2018


Drysdale in the mix at Porsche European Open 

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American Bryson DeChambeau retained his lead at the Porsche European Open but will have a host of star names breathing down his neck at the weekend with green jacket holder Patrick Reed and fellow former Masters winner Charl Schwartzel, as well European Ryder Cup hopefuls Alexander Levy and Paul Casey, all in contention.
DeChambeau, the World No 23 from California, holds a one-stroke advantage for the second day running but could have moved two shots clear but missed and eagle putt at the last, settling for a sixth birdie of the day, a four under 68 and a ten under total.
Englishman Richard McEvoy, who won wire-to-wire on the Challenge Tour just last week at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge, carded the joint lowest round of the week – a seven under 65 – to move into a share of second place with Austrian prospect Matthias Schwab.
Reed signed for a six under 66 to move into the mix at Green Eagle Golf Courses, while Levy – playing alongside European Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn – was a shot further back on eight under after a 68.
Casey, another hopeful for Le Golf National in September, is four shots off the pace heading into the weekend after a second round 69, while 2011 Masters Champion Schwartzel carded the same score for a five under total.
Scot David Drysdale is joint fourth, two off the pace, after scores of 69 and 67.
Player quotes
Bryson DeChambeau
“I'm absolutely satisfied. The wind made playing pretty tough out there and I was fortunate enough to hit it in the right spots, miss it in the right spots, get a couple of lucky breaks and take advantage of them when I needed to.
“I also made some mistakes out there too but hopefully we can clean those up tomorrow and shoot a good one as well. If I can strike the ball just a little bit better here and there then I'll play a little bit better and be really deep under par.
“I think the main thing I've got to focus on is executing the right shots and making good decisions with the wind.
“It wasn't my best form but I got it around, shot four under and I stay in the hunt. Just a little frustrating off the tee today, I thought I'd worked something out yesterday and it worked a little bit but I've got to go back to the range and work a little harder.
“I left a couple out there but also made a couple of key ones so it averaged out.”
Richard McEvoy
“It was great to finish with an eagle. I’m flying on a bit of a cloud at the moment after winning on the Challenge Tour last week and it’s been a great first few days here so I’m very pleased.
I’ve heard that because I had the best score today, I get the chance to drive a Porsche 911 GTS for tonight and tomorrow morning, which is nice.
“My all-round game was just good, same as last week really. I’m driving the ball very well, my iron play is getting better and better and I’m rolling the balls well on the greens, even though we didn’t get the best of the greens this afternoon. Even though we didn’t get the best of the greens in the afternoons I still putted beautifully.
“When I miss greens my short game has been tidy so it’s just solid at the moment, which is great. I didn’t have a plan last week, just play golf, and it will be much the same this week. I’m really enjoying my golf at the moment which is the main thing and hopefully I can keep that up and see where I end up at the end of the week.”
Matthias Schwab
“I was hitting it well and putted well too, made a few good putts and got up and down where I missed the greens so it’s been a good round.
“I’m not going to change anything from the way I’ve been approaching everything with my routines and all that stuff. I’m really looking forward to the weekend. It’s a really good position to be in and I’m sure it will be a great weekend for me.”
Patrick Reed
“It was a lot better compared to yesterday. I hit half the greens yesterday and today I only missed three greens, and when you do that and you feel like you’re hitting the ball a lot better, you’re able to attack more. That was the bgi key today. I felt like I could go into attack mode and attack some flags and my putter’s working. When my putter gets going I’m able to make birdies.
“I just went back last night and talked to my coach on the phone and he said, don’t overthink it, just get some rest. I’ve been in a pretty good pattern with the swing and he said go get some rest, get to the golf course and get your normal drills going and I felt like I did that.”

SECOND-ROUND SCORES:
Par 144 (2x72)
134 B Dechambeau (USA) 66 68
135 R McEvoy (Eng) 70 65, M Schwab (Austria) 68 67
136 P Reed (USA) 70 66, R Wattel (Fra) 67 69, D Drysdale (Sco) 69 67
137 B Dredge (Wales) 68 69, A Levy (Fra) 69 68
138 R Paratore (Ita) 72 66, P Casey (Eng) 69 69, J Wang (SKor) 73 65, P Mejow (Ger) 69 69,
139 O Fisher (Eng) 68 71, H Tanihara (Jpn) 69 70, C Blomstrand (Swe) 72 67, C Schwartzel (SAf) 70 69, S Hend (Australia) 68 71
140 J Morrison (Eng) 70 70, M Kieffer (Ger) 69 71, L Jensen (Den) 68 72, S Heisele (Ger) 71 69, C Mivis (Belgium) 71 69, S Fernandez (Spn) 72 68, C Syme (Sco) 68 72, F Aguilar (Chile) 72 68
141 P Hanson (Swe) 70 71, H Sturehed (Swe) 70 71, M Siem (Ger) 71 70, C Shinkwin (Eng) 71 70, S Brown (Eng) 68 73, N Geyger (Chile) 72 69, S Jamieson (Sco) 70 71, S Horsfield (Eng) 70 71, J Lima (Portugal) 70 71, M Lundberg (Swe) 71 70, S Kjeldsen (Den) 69 72, A John (am) (Ger) 68 73
142 J Winther (Den) 70 72, K Koivu (Finland) 72 70, M Pavon (Fra) 72 70, M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 67 75, L Johnston (Sco) 72 70, S Gros (Fra) 72 70, D Kataoka (Jpn) 71 71, L Herbert (Australia) 75 67, A Dodt (Australia) 68 74, Ó Serna (Mexico) 73 69, D Horsey (Eng) 69 73, B Hafthorsson (Iceland) 72 70
143 J Thomson (Eng) 78 65, T Pulkkanen (Finland) 71 72, J Smith (Eng) 71 72, M Calderon (Chile) 71 72, A Saddier (Fra) 72 71, L Bjerregaard (Denmark) 75 68, R Sterne (SAf) 72 71, C Sordet (Fra) 71 72, J Stalter (Fra) 67 76, J Kolbing (Ger) 73 70, K Johannessen (Norway) 71 72 
144 R Ramsay (Sco) 75 69, N Cullen (Australia) 73 71, B Staben (Ger) 67 77, D Lipsky (USA) 69 75, M Warren (Sco) 73 71, R Cho (SKor) 72 72, N Elvira (Spn) 72 72, M Nixon (Eng) 73 71, J Choi (SKor) 69 75, O Wilson (Eng) 73 71, A Otaegui (Spn) 70 74, J Kruger (SAf) 73 71, T Detry (Belgium) 72 72, L Cianchetti (Ita) 72 72, T Aiken (SAf) 73 71, O Farr (Wales) 70 74, J Guerrier (Fra) 72 72, J Walters (SAf) 72 72, N Højgaard (am) (Den) 69 75
MISSED THE CUT
145 H Arkenau (Ger) 70 75, S Webster (Eng) 70 75, M Kim (SKor) 74 71, T Bjørn (Den) 73 72, A Cañizares (Spn) 72 73, R Evans (Eng) 71 74, M Baldwin (Eng) 71 74, L Canter (Eng) 70 75, D Brooks (Eng) 72 73, R Jacquelin (Fra) 72 73, R McGowan (Eng) 71 74, R Gouveia (Portugal) 73 72
146 A Turner (Eng) 74 72, F Fritsch (Ger) 71 75, T Lewis (Eng) 73 73, E Johansen (Norway) 77 69, L Galliano (Switz) 75 71, A Knappe (Ger) 73 73, D Meyerrose (Ger) 74 72, N Colsaerts (Belgium) 72 74, N Bertasio (Ita) 74 72
147 Z Lombard (SAf) 71 76, C Hanson (Eng) 72 75, C Bezuidenhout (SAf) 71 76, C Pigem (Spn) 72 75, R Bland (Eng) 73 74, E Molinari (Ita) 73 74, G Moynihan (Ire) 77 70, B Evans (Eng) 75 72, G Porteous (Eng) 71 76, M Manassero (Ita) 74 73, P Peterson (USA) 75 72, P Angles (Spn) 73 74, A Chesters (Eng) 73 74, S Gallacher (Sco) 70 77, G Havret (Fra) 73 74
148 M Schmitt (Ger) 71 77, A Sandhu (India) 74 74, J Munro (Australia) 72 76, H Endycott (Australia) 71 77, H Porteous (SAf) 74 74, V Perez (Fra) 74 74, V Hovland (am) (Norway) 68 80
149 P Widegren (Swe) 72 77, P Perez (USA) 74 75, P Oriol (Spn) 76 73, M Kramer (Ger) 74 75, L Gagli (Ita) 75 74, B Fritsch (Canada) 75 74, J Donaldson (Wales) 76 73, R Højgaard (am) (Den) 76 73
150 Y Miyazato (Jpn) 75 75, S Khan (Eng) 74 76, G Bourdy (Fra) 74 76, A Halvorsen (Nor) 73 77, C Koepka (USA) 74 76, T Fisher jun (SAf) 74 76, G Hall (USA) 74 76, M Tullo (Chile) 72 78, H Long (am) (Ger) 78 72
151 G Schultes (Ger) 72 79, F Becker (Ger) 76 75, J Janewattananond (Thailand) 74 77, M Ilonen (Finland) 80 71, E Park (SKor) 73 78, N Adank (Ger) 77 74, M Lafeber (Netherlands) 73 78 
153 K McClatchie (SAf) 79 74
154 M Perry (NZ) 72 82, R McGee (Ire) 79 75, H Ellis (Eng) 74 80
155 P Howard (Eng) 74 81, A Rai (Eng) 80 75 
158 A Fitzpatrick (am) (Eng) 78 80 
161 M Grönberg (Swe) 82 79
** M Schneider (Ger) 80 WD, C Lloyd (Eng) 81 WD,

                                                                    
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