Friday, September 27, 2019


Jordan's stunning 64 round Old Course St Andrews included eagle 2, 5 birdies in a row

Round two report
Matthew Jordan carded a stunning 64, which included a hole-out eagle two followed by five successive birdies, at St Andrews Old Course to take the halfway lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The promising Englishman has been plying his trade primarily on the European Challenge Tour this year, where he has already claimed a maiden professional victory and currently sits second in the Road to Mallorca Rankings, but he continues to impress in his dalliances with the European Tour.
The 23-year-old led the opening round of the Betfred British Masters in May, eventually finishing in a share of 15th place at Hillside Golf Club, and he is out in front once again on British soil after a round which caught fire when he holed out with his approach at the par four third hole.
Five birdies in a row from the fourth led to a front nine 29 and stirred hope of a potential chase for the magic number of 59. But eight pars and a birdie on the way home were still enough to earn the Liverpudlian a 14 under total and a one-stroke advantage over his friend, Challenge Tour Number One and leading Scot Calum Hill, as well as Jordan’s compatriot Matthew Southgate and Swede Joakim Lagergren.
World Number Four Justin Rose was among the six players in a tie for fifth position on 12 under, alongside two home stars in Russell Knox and Richie Ramsey as well as New Zealand’s Ryan Fox, Englishman Jordan Smith and Victor Perez of France.
Player quotes:
Matthew Jordan: “After that start, I wanted to keep momentum, because I knew I would have chances. Just try and go as low as possible because the scoring is so good. You can't make a few birdies and think, oh, I've done my job.

“I was just free-wheeling it really. I wasn't thinking too much which is probably a good thing. A 59 did cross my mind once. I had my friends here and they were quick to tell me that they wanted the same on the back nine.

“I've done quite well recently. I had one more invite so I just asked my managers, and tried to sort it out because I really wanted to play it and I absolutely love this place. Just trying to make the most of it.”

Joakim Lagergren: “Can't complain with a 62 at Kingsbarns. Delighted. Pretty much everything clicked, I would say. Hitting it straight off the tee and iron shots were solid. Holed a few putts there, as well. Just good overall.

I just love the format, playing three different courses. Two rounds at St. Andrews, I think it's a great setup. It’s a lot of fun out there. Just a relaxed feeling to it.”

Calum Hill: “It’s always nice to be at home and play in front of family and friends that can come out and watch, and it's even better that I played well and they can enjoy themselves because of that as well.

“It’s slightly different this week because everyone is playing a different course at a different time. It's just about playing as well as you can, and going as low as you can over these first two days and then after three rounds, I think you can look at your position a bit better and judge what you need to do for the final day.”
Justin Rose: “It was an unbelievable front nine. Obviously a great round. Kept me in the tournament and got me in the tournament. Eleven birdies, never going to be disappointed with that.

I'm taking credit for the 28. J.T. (Justin Timberlake) was over the back of the par five third green in three, putted up near my coin and gave me a perfect read and I made an eagle putt.”
Round two scores:
130 M Jordan (Eng) 66 64
131 J Lagergren (Swe) 69 62, C Hill (Sco) 66 65, M Southgate (Eng) 65 66
132 J Smith (Eng) 64 68, R Fox (NZ) 64 68, R Knox (Sco) 66 66, R Ramsay (Sco) 65 67, J Rose (Eng) 68 64, V Perez (Fra) 64 68
133 A Pavan (Ita) 68 65, T Finau (USA) 67 66, T Pulkkanen (Fin) 65 68, K Reitan (Nor) 65 68, P Waring (Eng) 65 68, M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 68 65,
134 L Slattery (Eng) 68 66, T Hatton (Eng) 66 68, J Walters (SAf) 63 71, A Rai (Eng) 68 66
135 J Veerman (USA) 72 63, R Paratore (Ita) 69 66, D Horsey (Eng) 68 67, S Jamieson (Sco) 69 66, A Noren (Swe) 69 66, W Besseling (Ned) 68 67, L Bjerregaard (Denmark) 67 68, V Dubuisson (Fra) 68 67, Z Lombard (SAf) 67 68, T Fleetwood (Eng) 66 69, S Soderberg (Swe) 71 64, J Wang (S Korea) 70 65 
136 L Donald (Eng) 68 68, D Papadatos (Australia) 68 68, M Kinhult (Swe) 66 70, J Luiten (Netherlands) 69 67, N Schietekat (SAf) 69 67, E Pepperell (Eng) 70 66, R McIlroy (N Ireland) 70 66, M Fitzpatrick (Eng) 69 67, K Aphibarnrat (Thai) 70 66 
137 B Henson (USA) 68 69, R Rock (Eng) 66 71, R Karlberg (Swe) 69 68, D Lipsky (USA) 73 64, P Harrington (Ireland) 69 68, B Wu (USA) 71 66, G Bhullar (Ind) 69 68, R MacIntyre (Sco) 71 66, J Catlin (USA) 72 65, L Herbert (Australia) 69 68, B Hebert (Fra) 73 64, R Wattel (Fra) 70 67, O Fisher (Eng) 68 69, R Gouveia (Portugal) 70 67, N Elvira (Spn) 70 67, S Brown (Eng) 69 68, F Zanotti (Paraguay) 66 71, R Karlsson (Swe) 67 70
138 R Cabrera Bello (Spn) 69 69, B Stone (SAf) 69 69, A Levy (Fra) 68 70, E Walker (Sco) 68 70, H Hall (Eng) 70 68, P Larrazábal (Spn) 68 70, C Paisley (Eng) 68 70, D Willett (Eng) 72 66, M Wallace (Eng) 70 68, B Easton (SAf) 72 66, A Arnaus (Spn) 68 70, M Lee (Australia) 70 68, A Otaegui (Spn) 64 74, L Johnston (Sco) 69 69, J Guerrier (Fra) 69 69, R Jacquelin (Fra) 69 69, S Sharma (Ind) 71 67, L Westwood (Eng) 69 69, G Coetzee (SAf) 66 72
139 S Kim (USA) 74 65, M Fraser (Ausstralia) 66 73, L De Jager (SAf) 70 69, A Romero (Arg) 71 68, S Lowry (Irl) 73 66, S Horsfield (Eng) 72 67, H Li (China) 71 68, W Ormsby (Australia) 71 68, R Langasque (Fra) 71 68, O Wilson (Eng) 72 67, A Haindl (SAf) 68 71, T Immelman (SAf) 68 71, J Rahm (Spn) 71 68, M Pavon (Fra) 68 71, N Bertasio (Ita) 66 73,
140 J Singh Brar (Eng) 68 72, W Nienaber (SAf) 75 65, T Pilkadaris (Australia) 71 69, D Law (Sco) 68 72, R Fisher (Eng) 72 68, A Quiros (Spn) 70 70, J Felton (Australia) 71 69, T Lewis (Eng) 70 70, J Dantorp (Swe) 73 67, M Kaymer (Ger) 69 71, C Shinkwin (Eng) 72 68, J Scrivener (Australia) 71 69, H Porteous (SAf) 70 70, M Schwab (Austria) 70 70, G Migliozzi (Ita) 69 71, J Donaldson (Wales) 70 70
141 T Lawrence (SAf) 75 66, S Gallacher (Sco) 70 71, C O'Reilly (Australia) 68 73, D Hillier (NZ) 71 70, T Detry (Belgium) 72 69, H Tanihara (Jpn) 69 72, D Burmester (SAf) 73 68, Y Miyazato (Jpn) 71 70, D Howell (Eng) 71 70, C Bezuidenhout (SAf) 67 74, J Morrison (Eng) 70 71 
142 T Aiken (SAf) 73 69, J Suri (USA) 68 74, G Forrest (Sco) 72 70, E Els (SAf) 70 72, E Molinari (Ita) 72 70, G Green (Malaysia) 69 73, G McDowell (N Ireland) 72 70, D Nisbet (Australia) 71 71, H Leon (China) 72 70, J Ahlers (SAf) 65 77, A Sullivan (Eng) 70 72, S Crocker (USA) 71 71
143 J Harding (SAf) 75 68, T Jaidee (Thai) 73 70, B Wiesberger (Austria) 72 71, J Ritchie (SAf) 75 68, G Fernandez-Castaño (Spn) 68 75, P Eriksson (Swe) 76 67, S Kjeldsen (Denmark) 74 69, N Højgaard (Denmark) 74 69, R McEvoy (Eng) 69 74, H Endycott (Australia) 69 74, B Dredge (Wales) 72 71, K Samooja (Finland) 71 72, J McLeod (Australia) 74 69, T Sloman (Eng) 74 69, K Davidse (SAf) 75 68, S Hawkes (Australia) 74 69, J Hansen (Denmark) 70 73, R Sterne (SAf) 70 73,
144 B Grace (RSA) 72 72, T Bjørn (Denmark) 73 71, A Johnston (Eng) 70 74, D Points (USA) 69 75, N Colsaerts (Belgium) 69 75, D Drysdale (Sco) 75 69
145 P Dunne (Ireland) 70 75, J Burnage (Eng) 75 70, C Wood (Eng) 73 72, J Kruyswijk (SAf) 72 73, J Roos (SAf) 70 75 
147 M Campbell (NZ) 75 72  
148 M Palmer (SAf) 75 73, D Fichardt (SAf) 73 75, E Van Rooyen (SAf) 77 71
150 A Chesters (Eng) 76 74, M Kawamura (Jpn) 72 78
** A Björk (Swe) 75 RT,








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