Saturday, August 18, 2018

Resilient Price opens two-shot cushion

in Russian Senior Open

 Venue: Moscow Country Club, Moscow
This image of Phillip Price is displayed by courtesy of Getty Images
Day Two report

Phillip Price extended his lead to two shots on Day Two of the VTB Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior) by posting a second round of  three-under-par 69 at Moscow Country Club.
The Welshman, who had a bogey-free 68 on Day One, now sits on seven- under-par 137 but he had to show his character to bounce back from an early double bogey to keep the chasing pack at bay.
Price’s countryman Stephen Dodd, David Shacklady, Ronan Rafferty and Miguel Angel Martin are sharing second place on five-under-par 139.
On a warm morning in the Russian capital, Price immediately extended his lead with an eagle on the par five second hole before the double bogey at the third dropped him back to where he started.
Two birdies and a bogey ensured he made the turn at one under par before three further gains and a single blemish on the back nine meant he signed for a 69 on Day Two at the picturesque Moscow venue.
The 51-year-old was frustrated by wasted opportunities to pick up shots on the par fives at Moscow Country Club, but was ultimately left content with a two-shot lead going into the final day.
“It was very different to yesterday,” he said. “I played really solid yesterday but today was good and bad. I think I bogeyed a couple of par fives, which was a bit of a waste, but it was up and down.
“I didn’t play anywhere near as well today but I probably hit a lot of good short irons and made a lot of birdies to compensate some of the bad play that I had.
"I eagled the second, which was great. I knocked it stiff from 240 yards and then I was in the middle of the fairway on the next and hit it in the hazard.
“That’s the trouble; if you’re missing shots then you’re going to be in the hazard off the tee or in the trees off the tee, or in some of the hazards around the green.
“I think I birdied the next couple after that and then I had a lovely back nine. I was going well around the middle part of it and then I bogeyed the par five 15th, which was a bit of a shame. I’m pretty pleased because it was an up and down day.”
Despite admitting that he would have liked a larger lead in Moscow, Price hopes finding consistency will guide him to a first win of the season tomorrow.
“I think there’s a couple of guys on five under so I’m still ahead," he said. "I’d rather be more ahead, and it’s a shame that I’m not, but I’m still ahead so I’m still in the game for tomorrow.
“I might just try and play a little better! I probably need to be a little bit more consistent and hit the ball a little bit better so I’m on the fairway and on the green so I give myself lots of chances. I need to do that rather than having to get up and down.”
Dodd looked as though he would join his fellow Welshman at the top of the leaderboard, but a double bogey at the par three 16th meant he had to settle for a share of second.
Behind the quartet in second are Paul Eales, Gary Marks and Mauricio Molina in tied sixth on four under par, while four players are a shot further back on three under.
Scores after Round Two:
par 144 (2x72)
137 P Price (Wales) 68 69
139 M Martin (Spn) 69 70, R Rafferty (NIre) 70 69, D Shacklady (Eng) 71 68, S Dodd (Wales) 70 69
140 P Eales (Eng) 71 69, M Molina (Argentina) 72 68, G Marks (Eng) 72 68
141 B McGovern (Ire) 69 72, J Coceres (Argentina) 71 70, S Luna (Spn) 71 70, S Brown (Eng) 72 69,
142 T Thelen (USA) 71 71, A Oldcorn (Sco) 70 72, M Farry (Fra) 72 70, M Mackenzie (Eng) 71 71, G Wolstenholme (Eng) 73 69 
143 P Fowler (Australia) 72 71, J Kingston (SAf) 70 73, J Lomas (Eng) 73 70, J Sallat (Fra) 72 71 
144 M Atlevi (Swe) 75 69, M Harwood (Austria) 71 73
145 G Manson (Austria) 73 72, N Job (Eng) 71 74, D Edlund (Swe) 76 69, P Streeter (Eng) 72 73, A Sherborne (Eng) 72 73, J Cheetham (Eng) 74 71, P Wesselingh (Eng) 73 72
146 P Golding (Eng) 73 73, S Richardson (Eng) 75 71
147 C Suneson (Spn) 72 75, S Tinning (Denmark) 73 74, B Longmuir (Sco) 70 77, P Wilson (Eng) 74 73
148 B Conser (USA) 76 72, G Emerson (Eng) 74 74, J Carriles (Spn) 77 71, C Williams (SAf) 73 75, J Quiros (Spn) 75 73
150 A Franco (Paraguay) 76 74, M Nichols (Eng) 78 72, M Davis (Eng) 82 68, G Joyner (Australia) 81 69, J Murphy (Eng) 76 74
151 C Monasterio (Argentina) 79 72
153 S Bennett (Eng) 77 76, R Gomez (Argentina) 83 70, M Wharton (Eng) 75 78
155 M Mouland (Wales) 78 77 
156 S McAllister (Sco) 78 78
161 J Robinson (Eng) 88 73 
162 J Evans (Sco) 81 81
174 G Fetisov (Russia) (am) 87 87



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