Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open R2

Armitage and Donaldson share Cyprus lead as darkness suspends play

October 29 – November 01
Aphrodite Hills Resort, Kouklia, Paphos, Cyprus
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 3. Round 4


Cyprus Open 2020 R2 - Armitage and Donaldson share Cyprus lead as darkness suspends play
Jamie Donaldson (Getty Images)



Marcus Armitage and Jamie Donaldson share the lead at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open on 11 under par but will need to complete their second rounds on Saturday morning as play was suspended due to fading light.


The pair will return to the course at Aphrodite Hills Resort at 8:00am local time to finish their rounds. 2014 Ryder Cup star Donaldson has one hole to finish, with 33-year-old Armitage still to putt-out on the 16th green. Welshman Donaldson is five under par for his round while Armitage, of England, is six under.

In a share of third place on ten under par are Scotland’s David Drysdale, Englishman Richard McEvoy and Finland’s Sami Välimäki. Drysdale is playing in his 509th European Tour tournament and would equal Malcolm Mackenzie’s record of events before earning his first victory if he were to win this week.



“I’ve been working hard,” said Drysdale. “To be honest I had an injury when I came back. I missed four or five events. Trying to get fit and regain some form. My scores haven’t been great but I’ve been starting to see nine holes where there has been good ball striking – that’s trending a bit.

“A lot of golf to be played. 11-under is leading at the moment – a lot of golf to be played today. Might be within two or three of the lead at the end of the day. I haven’t had that many opportunities over my career. I’ll give it a crack over the weekend and see what happens.”


Välimäki, in his rookie season on the European Tour, is seeking a second win on the 2020 Race to Dubai after earning his maiden title at the Oman Open in March. McEvoy is looking for a second European Tour success to add to his 2018 Porsche European Open win.

“Yesterday was probably actually slightly better. Tee to green I was very, very strong yesterday,” said Hebert. “I missed two fairways and one green all day so I gave myself plenty of chances. The today, a couple more small mistakes, I missed a couple more greens, but the short game was good to get out of trouble when I needed to.”

Sharing sixth place on nine under par are six golfers including Frenchman Benjamin Hébert, who carded the lowest round of the day, a seven under par 64, and India’s Shubhankar Sharma, who has made his sixth consecutive cut.



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“As professional golfers this is what you strive for, you want to be in the mix going into the weekend,” said Sharma. “It’s been a while since that has happened. I felt that at the Scottish I was quite close, I was 13th after two days. My game was coming around. The Scottish wasn’t too many weeks back. I’m really happy to be in this position and I’m looking forward to the weekend.

“Experience plays a big role. This is my third year on Tour and I’ve been in this situation many times before – that will definitely help. But, on this course, anyone can shoot a low number. If there’s no wind and it’s calm, I think there’s a ten under out there. These players are really good. You just have to stay on your toes, keep firing away and see what happens on Sunday.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
Thru
R1
R2
Total
T1
Jamie Donaldson
-11
17
65
65
T1
Marcus Armitage
-11
15
66
66
T3
David Drysdale
-10
F
65
67
132
T3
Richard McEvoy
-10
F
66
66
132
T3
Sami Välimäki
-10
F
65
67
132
T6
Thomas Detry
-9
F
66
67
133
T6
Benjamin Hebert
-9
F
69
64
133
T6
Shubhankar Sharma
-9
F
67
66
133
T6
Callum Shinkwin
-9
F
67
66
133
T6
Jordan Smith
-9
F
67
66
133
T6
Johannes Veerman
-9
F
64
69
133
T12
Wil Besseling
-8
F
67
67
134
T12
Garrick Higgo
-8
F
68
66
134
T12
Matthias Schwab
-8
F
67
67
134
T12
Andy Sullivan
-8
F
65
69
134
T12
Mitch Waite
-8
F
64
70
134
T17
Aaron Cockerill
-7
F
69
66
135
T17
Lorenzo Gagli
-7
F
66
69
135
T17
David Horsey
-7
F
66
69
135
T17
Robert MacIntyre
-7
F
68
67
135
T17
Wilco Nienaber
-7
F
68
67
135
T17
Julian Suri
-7
F
70
65
135
T17
Clement Sordet
-7
15
66
66
T24
Alejandro Cañizares
-6
F
70
66
136
T24
Louis De Jager
-6
F
68
68
136
T24
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-6
F
66
70
136
T24
Sebastian Heisele
-6
F
68
68
136
T24
Matthew Jordan
-6
F
69
67
136
T24
Masahiro Kawamura
-6
F
69
67
136
T24
Maximilian Kieffer
-6
F
69
67
136
T24
Adrien Saddier
-6
F
67
69
136
T24
Kalle Samooja
-6
F
70
66
136
T24
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-6
F
69
67
136
T24
Jason Scrivener
-6
F
70
66
136
T24
Cormac Sharvin
-6
F
69
67
136
T24
Joël Stalter
-6
F
65
71
136
T24
Scott Vincent
-6
F
68
68
136
T24
Dale Whitnell
-6
F
68
68
136
T24
Jeff Winther
-6
F
68
68
136
T40
Jorge Campillo
-5
F
69
68
137
T40
Dave Coupland
-5
F
69
68
137
T40
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-5
F
69
68
137
T40
James Morrison
-5
F
68
69
137
T40
Haydn Porteous
-5
F
69
68
137
T40
Antoine Rozner
-5
F
71
66
137
T40
Matthew Southgate
-5
F
68
69
137
T40
Paul Waring
-5
F
68
69
137
T48
Alexander Björk
-4
F
69
69
138
T48
Yikeun Chang
-4
F
73
65
138
T48
Pedro Figueiredo
-4
F
66
72
138
T48
Grant Forrest
-4
F
69
69
138
T48
Gregory Havret
-4
F
69
69
138
T48
Calum Hill
-4
F
69
69
138
T48
Mikko Korhonen
-4
F
68
70
138
T48
Joost Luiten
-4
F
70
68
138
T48
Thorbjørn Olesen
-4
F
69
69
138
T48
Alvaro Quiros
-4
F
68
70
138
T48
Ricardo Santos
-4
F
69
69
138
T48
Joel Sjoholm
-4
F
69
69
138
T48
Sebastian Soderberg
-4
F
69
69
138
T48
Maverick Antcliff
-4
17
69
69
T62
Laurie Canter
-3
F
67
72
139
T62
Nicolas Colsaerts
-3
F
69
70
139
T62
Joakim Lagergren
-3
F
72
67
139
T62
Romain Langasque
-3
F
70
69
139
T62
Matthieu Pavon
-3
F
71
68
139
T62
Carlos Pigem
-3
F
69
70
139
T62
Ashun Wu
-3
F
68
71
139
T69
Richard Bland
-2
F
70
70
140
T69
Steven Brown
-2
F
69
71
140
T69
Bryce Easton
-2
F
71
69
140
T69
Will Enefer
-2
F
66
74
140
T69
Oliver Farr
-2
F
66
74
140
T69
Jack Harrison
-2
F
68
72
140
T69
Sam Horsfield
-2
F
72
68
140
T69
Niklas Lemke
-2
F
73
67
140
T69
Alexander Levy
-2
F
68
72
140
T69
Adrian Meronk
-2
F
75
65
140
T69
Damien Perrier
-2
F
68
72
140
T69
Ben Stow
-2
F
70
70
140
T69
Oliver Wilson
-2
F
67
73
140
T69
Tapio Pulkkanen
-2
15
69
69
T83
Jonathan Caldwell
-1
F
69
72
141
T83
S.S.p. Chawrasia
-1
F
71
70
141
T83
Pablo Larrazabal
-1
F
71
70
141
T83
Toby Tree
-1
F
72
69
141
T87
Ewen Ferguson
E
F
70
72
142
T87
Garrick Porteous
E
F
70
72
142
T87
Richie Ramsay
E
F
73
69
142
T87
Kristoffer Reitan
E
F
72
70
142
T87
Robin Roussel
E
F
69
73
142
T92
Michael Campbell
1
F
70
73
143
T92
Sean Crocker
1
F
75
68
143
T92
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
1
F
69
74
143
T92
Gavin Kyle Green
1
F
75
68
143
T92
David Howell
1
F
71
72
143
T92
Bernd Ritthammer
1
F
70
73
143
T98
Ross Fisher
2
F
74
70
144
T98
Jack Senior
2
F
67
77
144
T100
Rikard Karlberg
3
F
78
67
145
T100
Connor Syme
3
F
73
72
145
T100
Lars van Meijel
3
F
76
69
145
103
Marcus Kinhult
4
F
73
73
146
T104
Haotong Li
6
F
75
73
148
T104
Chris Paisley
6
F
71
77
148