Alfred Dunhill Links Championship R2

Jordan jumps clear at Dunhill Links

September 26-29
St Andrews Old Course, Kingsbarns Golf Links & Carnoustie Golf Links
$5,000,000
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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.

Alfred Dunhill Links R2 - Jordan jumps clear at Dunhill Links
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“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.”

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.

“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.”


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.

“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,” said Hill.

“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.”

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.

“It was an unbelievable front nine,” said Rose. “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.”


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Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-14
66
64
130
T2
Calum Hill
SCO
-13
66
65
131
T2
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-13
69
62
131
T2
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-13
65
66
131
T5
Victor Perez
FRA
-12
64
68
132
T5
Jordan Smith
ENG
-12
64
68
132
T5
Justin Rose
ENG
-12
68
64
132
T5
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-12
65
67
132
T5
Ryan Fox
NZL
-12
64
68
132
T5
Russell Knox
SCO
-12
66
66
132
T11
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-11
65
68
133
T11
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-11
68
65
133
T11
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-11
65
68
133
T11
Paul Waring
ENG
-11
65
68
133
T11
Tony Finau
USA
-11
67
66
133
T11
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-11
68
65
133
T17
Justin Walters
RSA
-10
63
71
134
T17
Aaron Rai
ENG
-10
68
66
134
T17
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-10
66
68
134
T17
Lee Slattery
ENG
-10
68
66
134
T21
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-9
71
64
135
T21
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-9
70
65
135
T21
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-9
67
68
135
T21
Alexander Noren
SWE
-9
69
66
135
T21
Renato Paratore
ITA
-9
69
66
135
T21
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-9
68
67
135
T21
David Horsey
ENG
-9
68
67
135
T21
Wil Besseling
NED
-9
68
67
135
T21
Zander Lombard
RSA
-9
67
68
135
T21
Johannes Veerman
USA
-9
72
63
135
T21
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-9
69
66
135
T21
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-9
66
69
135
T33
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-8
70
66
136
T33
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-8
69
67
136
T33
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-8
70
66
136
T33
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-8
70
66
136
T33
Joost Luiten
NED
-8
69
67
136
T33
Neil Schietekat
RSA
-8
69
67
136
T33
Luke Donald
ENG
-8
68
68
136
T33
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-8
66
70
136
T33
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-8
68
68
136
T42
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-7
73
64
137
T42
David Lipsky
USA
-7
73
64
137
T42
Brandon Wu
USA
-7
71
66
137
T42
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-7
66
71
137
T42
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-7
69
68
137
T42
John Catlin
USA
-7
72
65
137
T42
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-7
69
68
137
T42
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-7
69
68
137
T42
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-7
71
66
137
T42
Robert Rock
ENG
-7
66
71
137
T42
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-7
70
67
137
T42
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-7
67
70
137
T42
Romain Wattel
FRA
-7
70
67
137
T42
Steven Brown
ENG
-7
69
68
137
T42
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-7
70
67
137
T42
Berry Henson
USA
-7
68
69
137
T42
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-7
68
69
137
T42
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-7
69
68
137
T60
George Coetzee
RSA
-6
66
72
138
T60
Harry Hall
ENG
-6
70
68
138
T60
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-6
68
70
138
T60
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-6
69
69
138
T60
Danny Willett
ENG
-6
72
66
138
T60
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-6
69
69
138
T60
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-6
69
69
138
T60
Bryce Easton
RSA
-6
72
66
138
T60
Liam Johnston
SCO
-6
69
69
138
T60
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-6
70
68
138
T60
Chris Paisley
ENG
-6
68
70
138
T60
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-6
68
70
138
T60
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-6
64
74
138
T60
Lee Westwood
ENG
-6
69
69
138
T60
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-6
71
67
138
T60
Alexander Levy
FRA
-6
68
70
138
T60
Matt Wallace
ENG
-6
70
68
138
T60
Euan Walker
SCO
-6
68
70
138
T60
Brandon Stone
RSA
-6
69
69
138
T79
Alex Haindl
RSA
-5
68
71
139
T79
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-5
68
71
139
T79
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-5
71
68
139
T79
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-5
72
67
139
T79
Haotong Li
CHN
-5
71
68
139
T79
Louis De Jager
RSA
-5
70
69
139
T79
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-5
74
65
139
T79
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-5
68
71
139
T79
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-5
66
73
139
T79
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-5
72
67
139
T79
Shane Lowry
IRL
-5
73
66
139
T79
Andres Romero
ARG
-5
71
68
139
T79
Romain Langasque
FRA
-5
71
68
139
T79
Jon Rahm
ESP
-5
71
68
139
T79
Marcus Fraser
AUS
-5
66
73
139
T94
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-4
70
70
140
T94
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-4
70
70
140
T94
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-4
68
72
140
T94
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-4
73
67
140
T94
Jarryd Felton
AUS
-4
71
69
140
T94
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-4
70
70
140
T94
Martin Kaymer
GER
-4
69
71
140
T94
Ross Fisher
ENG
-4
72
68
140
T94
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-4
71
69
140
T94
David Law
SCO
-4
68
72
140
T94
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-4
69
71
140
T94
Tom Lewis
ENG
-4
70
70
140
T94
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-4
70
70
140
T94
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
-4
75
65
140
T94
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-4
72
68
140
T94
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-4
71
69
140
T110
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-3
67
74
141
T110
James Morrison
ENG
-3
70
71
141
T110
Callan O’Reilly
AUS
-3
68
73
141
T110
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-3
71
70
141
T110
Daniel Hillier
NZL
-3
71
70
141
T110
David Howell
ENG
-3
71
70
141
T110
Thomas Detry
BEL
-3
72
69
141
T110
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-3
70
71
141
T110
Thriston Lawrence
RSA
-3
75
66
141
T110
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-3
69
72
141
T110
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
73
68
141
T121
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-2
70
72
142
T121
Hugo Leon
CHI
-2
72
70
142
T121
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
-2
65
77
142
T121
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
72
70
142
T121
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
-2
71
71
142
T121
Gavin Green
MAS
-2
69
73
142
T121
Julian Suri
USA
-2
68
74
142
T121
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-2
72
70
142
T121
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-2
73
69
142
T121
Ernie Els
RSA
-2
70
72
142
T121
Grant Forrest
SCO
-2
72
70
142
T121
Sean Crocker
USA
-2
71
71
142
T133
Simon Hawkes
AUS
-1
74
69
143
T133
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-1
72
71
143
T133
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
68
75
143
T133
Keenan Davidse
RSA
-1
75
68
143
T133
Harrison Endycott
AUS
-1
69
74
143
T133
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-1
73
70
143
T133
Jake McLeod
AUS
-1
74
69
143
T133
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-1
70
73
143
T133
Thomas Sloman
ENG
-1
74
69
143
T133
JC Ritchie
RSA
-1
75
68
143
T133
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-1
71
72
143
T133
Justin Harding
RSA
-1
75
68
143
T133
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
-1
74
69
143
T133
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-1
74
69
143
T133
Philip Eriksson
SWE
-1
76
67
143
T133
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-1
72
71
143
T133
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-1
69
74
143
T133
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
70
73
143
T151
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
73
71
144
T151
David Drysdale
SCO
Par
75
69
144
T151
Andrew Johnston
ENG
Par
70
74
144
T151
Branden Grace
RSA
Par
72
72
144
T151
D. A. Points
USA
Par
69
75
144
T151
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
Par
69
75
144
T157
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
70
75
145
T157
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
1
72
73
145
T157
Chris Wood
ENG
1
73
72
145
T157
Jake Burnage
ENG
1
75
70
145
T157
Jake Roos
RSA
1
70
75
145
162
Michael Campbell
NZL
3
75
72
147
T163
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
4
77
71
148
T163
Michael Palmer
RSA
4
75
73
148
T163
Darren Fichardt
RSA
4
73
75
148
T166
Ashley Chesters
ENG
6
76
74
150
T166
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
6
72
78
150
RET
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
Par
75
75