European Tour

Andalucia Valderrama Masters 2018

October 18-21

Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain

€2,000,000

Live Leaderboard

October 18-21

Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain

€2,000,000

Live Leaderboard

Round 2 Pt2

Sergio surges ahead in Spain

October 20, 2018

Defending champion Sergio Garcia opened up a four-shot lead to take command going into the final round of the weather-shortened Andalucía Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.

Sergio surges ahead in Spain, © Getty Images

- Getty Images

“The conditions were pretty favourable; I did see a four or five under if you play well, but it was one of those days when I struck the ball really, really well. Every time I had to get up and down I did and I was very consistent throughout the whole day, which obviously makes a big difference."

“I love how this course plays; it's not a long golf course but you have to be very accurate. Unfortunately a lot of the courses we play nowadays it's just grab your driver, hit it as hard as you can and that's it. The beautiful thing about this golf course is that you have to think your way around; you pretty much play every club in your bag."

Garcia shot a bogey-free round of 64 to get to ten under par at the end of round two as he seeks his third win at this event, with first-round leader Ashley Chesters of England his nearest challenger at six under par.

A series of weather delays on the first two days prevented Garcia – who also won the 2011 edition of the Andalucía Valderrama Masters - from playing at all on Friday. After more inclement weather disrupted the early starters again on day three, it already been announced that the event would be reduced to 54 holes before he began his second round on Saturday afternoon.

“Obviously, we would have loved the tournament to go 72 holes but unfortunately we can't control the weather and it's been a little bit rough for us this week. We tried to make the best decision possible and tomorrow we have to play hard.”

Garcia made a fast start when he got out onto the course, chipping in from just off the second green to pick up his first shot of the day as he went on to fire seven birdies to match his lowest-ever score at Real Club Valderrama.

Spanish pair Alvaro Quiros and Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño and Scot Marc Warren are six shots off the lead, and two behind Chesters, at four under par. Fernández-Castaño and Warren came into the week sitting at 125th and 144th respectively in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex and require a strong finish to retain their playing privileges.

“My goal this week was to finish in the top 15," said Fernández-Castaño, " that would probably keep my playing rights for next year. I think I gave myself a very good chance of doing that, going into the last round. Even maybe a chance of winning the tournament."

“I'm a member here, but you very rarely play this course in these soft conditions. I was hoping for Valderrama playing at it's best, and by that I mean when it's firm, fast, windy. We had none of that this week."

“I've won the Italian Open and the Singapore Open, they were both 54 holes, so I do have good memories of playing 54 holes. But I have to give the European Tour staff a lot of credit this week, because I think they did a great job, especially yesterday when they stopped play before we restarted this morning.”

Ireland's Shane Lowry and Englishman Lee Westwood are one shot further back on three under par, with French pair Grégory Bourdy and Raphael Jacquelin amongst a group of eight players at two under par.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-10
68
64
132
2
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-6
66
70
136
T3
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-4
68
70
138
T3
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-4
70
68
138
T3
Marc Warren
SCO
-4
69
69
138
T6
Lee Westwood
ENG
-3
71
68
139
T6
Shane Lowry
IRL
-3
69
70
139
T8
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-2
67
73
140
T8
Jason Norris
AUS
-2
69
71
140
T8
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-2
69
71
140
T8
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
-2
71
69
140
T8
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
69
71
140
T8
Oliver Farr
WAL
-2
68
72
140
T8
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-2
71
69
140
T8
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-2
70
70
140
T16
David Drysdale
SCO
-1
72
69
141
T16
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
68
73
141
T16
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-1
69
72
141
T16
Ryan Evans
ENG
-1
72
69
141
T16
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
72
69
141
T21
Adrien Saddier
SCO
Par
71
71
142
T21
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
Par
71
71
142
T21
Paul Peterson
USA
Par
70
72
142
T21
Steven Brown
ENG
Par
70
72
142
T25
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
1
71
72
143
T25
Andrew Johnston
ENG
1
73
70
143
T25
David Horsey
ENG
1
73
70
143
T25
David Lipsky
USA
1
73
70
143
T25
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
1
70
73
143
T25
Lasse Jensen
DNK
1
71
72
143
T25
Laurie Canter
ENG
1
71
72
143
T25
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
1
71
72
143
T25
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
1
72
71
143
T25
Nino Bertasio
ITA
1
70
73
143
T25
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
1
72
71
143
T25
Richard Bland
ENG
1
70
73
143
T25
Richard McEvoy
ENG
1
72
71
143
T25
Richie Ramsay
SCO
1
69
74
143
T39
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
2
72
72
144
T39
Christopher Mivis
BEL
2
72
72
144
T39
Darren Fichardt
RSA
2
69
75
144
T39
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
2
73
71
144
T39
Nacho Elvira
ESP
2
69
75
144
T39
Joost Luiten
NED
2
73
71
144
T39
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
2
72
72
144
T39
Paul Waring
ENG
2
72
72
144
T39
Robert Rock
ENG
2
71
73
144
T39
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
2
73
71
144
T49
Anders Hansen
DEN
3
73
72
145
T49
Bradley Dredge
WAL
3
74
71
145
T49
Bradley Neil
SCO
3
73
72
145
T49
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
3
77
68
145
T49
Connor Syme
SCO
3
73
72
145
T49
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
3
72
73
145
T49
Frederik Dreier
DEN
3
74
71
145
T49
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
3
72
73
145
T49
Julien Guerrier
FRA
3
75
70
145
T49
Matthew Southgate
ENG
3
71
74
145
T49
Pep Angles
ESP
3
71
74
145
T49
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
3
75
70
145
T49
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
3
75
70
145
T49
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
3
74
71
145
T63
Andrew Dodt
AUS
4
75
71
146
T63
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
4
71
75
146
T63
Chase Koepka
USA
4
72
74
146
T63
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
76
70
146
T63
Gary Stal
FRA
4
73
73
146
T63
Gavin Green
MAS
4
76
70
146
T63
Jeff Winther
SWE
4
74
72
146
T63
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
4
74
72
146
T63
Marcus Fraser
AUS
4
71
75
146
T63
Padraig Harrington
IRL
4
72
74
146
T63
Robert Karlsson
SWE
4
71
75
146
T63
Samuel Del Val
ESP
4
72
74
146
T63
Scott Hend
AUS
4
73
73
146
T63
Thomas Aiken
RSA
4
74
72
146
T63
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
5
72
75
147
CUT
Angel Hidalgo
ESP
5
73
74
147
CUT
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
5
75
72
147
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
5
72
75
147
CUT
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
5
72
75
147
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
5
73
74
147
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
5
75
72
147
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
5
71
76
147
CUT
Josh Geary
NZL
5
75
72
147
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
5
72
75
147
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
5
73
74
147
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
5
72
75
147
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
5
74
73
147
CUT
Max Albertus
NED
5
72
75
147
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
5
71
76
147
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
5
75
72
147
CUT
Pontus Widegren
SWE
5
69
78
147
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
5
75
72
147
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
5
73
74
147
CUT
Alexander Knappe
GER
6
74
74
148
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
6
74
74
148
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
6
76
72
148
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
6
70
78
148
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
GER
6
71
77
148
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
7
75
74
149
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
7
73
76
149
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
7
77
72
149
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
8
75
75
150
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
8
76
74
150
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
8
79
71
150
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
9
74
77
151
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
9
73
78
151
CUT
Santiago Tarrio
ESP
9
79
72
151
CUT
Florian Fritsch
GER
10
75
77
152
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
10
73
79
152
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
10
78
74
152
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
10
80
72
152
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
11
76
77
153
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
11
73
80
153
CUT
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
11
73
80
153
CUT
Daniel Brooks
ENG
12
76
78
154
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
12
74
80
154
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
12
79
75
154
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
12
75
79
154
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
14
80
76
156
DSQ
David Howell
ENG
Par
78
-
78
RET
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
-
-
0
RET
Richard Sterne
RSA
Par
72
-
72
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R2
Total
1
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-10
64
132
2
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-6
70
136
T3
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-4
70
138
T3
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-4
68
138
T3
Marc Warren
SCO
-4
69
138
T6
Lee Westwood
ENG
-3
68
139
T6
Shane Lowry
IRL
-3
70
139
T8
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-2
73
140
T8
Jason Norris
AUS
-2
71
140
T8
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-2
71
140
T8
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
-2
69
140
T8
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
71
140
T8
Oliver Farr
WAL
-2
72
140
T8
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-2
69
140
T8
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-2
70
140
T16
David Drysdale
SCO
-1
69
141
T16
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
73
141
T16
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-1
72
141
T16
Ryan Evans
ENG
-1
69
141
T16
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
69
141
T21
Adrien Saddier
SCO
Par
71
142
T21
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
Par
71
142
T21
Paul Peterson
USA
Par
72
142
T21
Steven Brown
ENG
Par
72
142
T25
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
1
72
143
T25
Andrew Johnston
ENG
1
70
143
T25
David Horsey
ENG
1
70
143
T25
David Lipsky
USA
1
70
143
T25
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
1
73
143
T25
Lasse Jensen
DNK
1
72
143
T25
Laurie Canter
ENG
1
72
143
T25
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
1
72
143
T25
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
1
71
143
T25
Nino Bertasio
ITA
1
73
143
T25
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
1
71
143
T25
Richard Bland
ENG
1
73
143
T25
Richard McEvoy
ENG
1
71
143
T25
Richie Ramsay
SCO
1
74
143
T39
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
2
72
144
T39
Christopher Mivis
BEL
2
72
144
T39
Darren Fichardt
RSA
2
75
144
T39
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
2
71
144
T39
Nacho Elvira
ESP
2
75
144
T39
Joost Luiten
NED
2
71
144
T39
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
2
72
144
T39
Paul Waring
ENG
2
72
144
T39
Robert Rock
ENG
2
73
144
T39
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
2
71
144
T49
Anders Hansen
DEN
3
72
145
T49
Bradley Dredge
WAL
3
71
145
T49
Bradley Neil
SCO
3
72
145
T49
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
3
68
145
T49
Connor Syme
SCO
3
72
145
T49
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
3
73
145
T49
Frederik Dreier
DEN
3
71
145
T49
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
3
73
145
T49
Julien Guerrier
FRA
3
70
145
T49
Matthew Southgate
ENG
3
74
145
T49
Pep Angles
ESP
3
74
145
T49
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
3
70
145
T49
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
3
70
145
T49
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
3
71
145
T63
Andrew Dodt
AUS
4
71
146
T63
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
4
75
146
T63
Chase Koepka
USA
4
74
146
T63
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
70
146
T63
Gary Stal
FRA
4
73
146
T63
Gavin Green
MAS
4
70
146
T63
Jeff Winther
SWE
4
72
146
T63
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
4
72
146
T63
Marcus Fraser
AUS
4
75
146
T63
Padraig Harrington
IRL
4
74
146
T63
Robert Karlsson
SWE
4
75
146
T63
Samuel Del Val
ESP
4
74
146
T63
Scott Hend
AUS
4
73
146
T63
Thomas Aiken
RSA
4
72
146
T63
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
4
71
146
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
5
75
147
CUT
Angel Hidalgo
ESP
5
74
147
CUT
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
5
72
147
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
5
75
147
CUT
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
5
75
147
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
5
74
147
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
5
72
147
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
5
76
147
CUT
Josh Geary
NZL
5
72
147
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
5
75
147
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
5
74
147
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
5
75
147
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
5
73
147
CUT
Max Albertus
NED
5
75
147
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
5
76
147
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
5
72
147
CUT
Pontus Widegren
SWE
5
78
147
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
5
72
147
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
5
74
147
CUT
Alexander Knappe
GER
6
74
148
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
6
74
148
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
6
72
148
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
6
72
148
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
6
78
148
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
GER
6
77
148
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
7
74
149
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
7
76
149
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
7
72
149
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
8
75
150
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
8
74
150
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
8
71
150
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
9
77
151
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
9
78
151
CUT
Santiago Tarrio
ESP
9
72
151
CUT
Florian Fritsch
GER
10
77
152
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
10
79
152
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
10
74
152
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
10
72
152
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
11
77
153
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
11
80
153
CUT
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
11
80
153
CUT
Daniel Brooks
ENG
12
78
154
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
12
80
154
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
12
75
154
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
12
79
154
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
14
76
156
DSQ
David Howell
ENG
Par
-
78
RET
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
-
0
RET
Richard Sterne
RSA
Par
-
72