Canary Islands Championship R2

Arnaus takes the lead on emotional day for Spanish golf

Canary Islands 2021 R2
May 06-09
Golf Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Spain
€1,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

Canary Islands Championship 2021 R2 - Arnaus takes the lead on emotional day for Spanish golf
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Adri Arnaus continued his brilliant run of scoring at Golf Costa Adeje with a second consecutive 64 to take the halfway lead at the 2021 Canary Islands Championship, on an emotional day for Spanish golf.


Canary Islands 2021 R2

“I’ve been playing pretty smart. After six days of playing this golf course, you know which spots are better than others.”

“I like courses that make you think. I get myself into good positions and I enjoy that a lot. Even though the par fives seem reachable you still have to think. All that makes me go out there and try to play my best and it seems like I’m doing pretty well.”


Canary Islands 2021 R2

The 26 year old went 66-66 over the weekend on the same layout at last week’s Tenerife Open and he birdied six of the last seven holes on Friday to take a one shot lead on 14 under par, as the European Tour – and the golfing world – marked the 10th anniversary of the passing of the legendary Seve Ballesteros.

“I think I can speak for most of the Spanish players, we have all become dreamers trying to follow what Seve did,” said Arnaus. “Whenever we were young, playing around the chipping area trying to become the magician that he was. I have to say that it’s pretty special that the European Tour put that board behind the first tee because it reminds us of what he meant to our sport and to all the Spaniards. He was the icon for us.”


Canary Islands 2021 R2

Arnaus had three runner up finishes in his maiden European Tour season in 2019 – including one in Spain at the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation – while he also had a top five at the Mutuactivos Open de España.

A top ten last week represented his best finish so far on the 2021 Race to Dubai and Arnaus is once again flying on home soil as he looks for a first European Tour victory.


Canary Islands 2021 R2

South African Garrick Higgo, who secured his second European Tour title on neighbouring Gran Canaria two weeks ago is at 13 under par after an eagle on the last.

“It’s the first time I’ve hit the 18th fairway and I’ve played this course about ten times now, so that was nice,” said Higgo. “The approach was just as good, putt was good. It broke a lot; I feel like these greens are breaking more and more as they are getting faster. It was nice to roll it in. It’s nice that the greens are getting quicker. I like to dial putts in. The greens have held up nicely.”

“I’m just doing some maintenance stuff. Just checking that everything is in the right spot. I’m not changing anything at all.”


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Canary Islands 2021 R2

Scottish trio Calum Hill, Richie Ramsay and Connor Syme – who also eagled the last –are then at 12 under par alongside Italian Francesco Laporta.

“I didn’t start well, had a couple of bad shots,” said Laporta. “I made a good putt on 15 for par (started from the 10th) and said to myself ‘just start to play some golf like yesterday’. Made birdie on 16 and then went four under on my back nine. It was different conditions from yesterday, less wind. The course is just fantastic.”

“It would be good to shoot a 59 on Saturday or Sunday! I haven’t been in contention many times so I will just enjoy the next two days. Tomorrow I hope to play as well as yesterday.”


Canary Islands 2021 R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Adri Arnaus
-14
64
64
128
2
Garrick Higgo
-13
66
63
129
T3
Calum Hill *
-12
65
65
130
T3
Francesco Laporta *
-12
62
68
130
T3
Richie Ramsay *
-12
65
65
130
T3
Connor Syme
-12
66
64
130
T7
Dean Burmester *
-11
68
63
131
T7
Aaron Cockerill *
-11
65
66
131
T7
Andrew Johnston *
-11
68
63
131
T7
Richard Mansell (a) *
-11
65
66
131
T11
Oliver Fisher *
-10
66
66
132
T11
Niall Kearney
-10
68
64
132
T11
Robin Sciot-Siegrist *
-10
66
66
132
T14
Louis De Jager *
-9
65
68
133
T14
Rhys Enoch
-9
65
68
133
T14
Tom Gandy
-9
70
63
133
T14
Justin Harding
-9
65
68
133
T14
Scott Hend *
-9
67
66
133
T14
Zander Lombard
-9
66
67
133
T14
Garrick Porteous
-9
66
67
133
T14
Kalle Samooja *
-9
65
68
133
T14
Joel Stalter
-9
64
69
133
T14
Sami Valimaki
-9
69
64
133
T24
Maverick Antcliff *
-8
70
64
134
T24
Scott Fernandez *
-8
63
71
134
T24
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia *
-8
64
70
134
T24
Nicolai Højgaard
-8
67
67
134
T24
Paul Peterson
-8
69
65
134
T24
Bernd Ritthammer *
-8
70
64
134
T24
Eduard Rousaud (a)
-8
67
67
134
T24
Sebastian Soderberg *
-8
69
65
134
T24
Matthew Southgate *
-8
68
66
134
T24
Dale Whitnell *
-8
68
66
134
T34
Richard Bland *
-7
69
66
135
T34
Jorge Campillo *
-7
66
69
135
T34
Alejandro Del Rey (a)
-7
69
66
135
T34
Grant Forrest
-7
67
68
135
T34
Sihwan Kim
-7
71
64
135
T34
Adrian Otaegui
-7
71
64
135
T34
Matthieu Pavon *
-7
66
69
135
T34
Eddie Pepperell
-7
66
69
135
T34
Ricardo Santos *
-7
67
68
135
T34
Jack Senior
-7
67
68
135
T34
Julian Suri *
-7
66
69
135
T34
Fabrizio Zanotti *
-7
70
65
135
T46
Pep Angles
-6
65
71
136
T46
Gaganjeet Bhullar *
-6
69
67
136
T46
SSP Chawrasia
-6
68
68
136
T46
Dave Coupland *
-6
68
68
136
T46
Eduardo De la Riva
-6
68
68
136
T46
Paul Dunne
-6
65
71
136
T46
Pedro Figueiredo *
-6
70
66
136
T46
Masahiro Kawamura
-6
70
66
136
T46
Edoardo Molinari *
-6
70
66
136
T46
Ajeetesh Sandhu
-6
71
65
136
T46
Max Schmitt *
-6
67
69
136
T46
Johannes Veerman
-6
70
66
136
T46
Justin Walters *
-6
72
64
136
T46
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
-6
67
69
136
T60
Laurie Canter
-5
70
67
137
T60
Sebastian Heisele *
-5
68
69
137
T60
Janne Kaske *
-5
69
68
137
T60
Tapio Pulkkanen *
-5
66
71
137
T60
Alvaro Quiros
-5
67
70
137
T65
Nino Bertasio *
-4
68
70
138
T65
Luis Claverie *
-4
67
71
138
T65
Victor Dubuisson *
-4
69
69
138
T65
Julien Guerrier *
-4
69
69
138
T65
Matthew Jordan
-4
68
70
138
T65
Romain Langasque
-4
69
69
138
T65
Ondrej Lieser (a)
-4
70
68
138
T65
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-4
72
66
138
T65
Carlos Pigem
-4
72
66
138
T65
Thomas Plumb
-4
68
70
138
T65
Shubhankar Sharma
-4
67
71
138
T65
Oliver Wilson *
-4
73
65
138
T65
Lars van Meijel
-4
68
70
138
T78
Kristoffer Broberg
-3
74
65
139
T78
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-3
72
67
139
T78
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez *
-3
68
71
139
T78
Gavin Kyle Green
-3
70
69
139
T78
Berry Henson *
-3
70
69
139
T78
Adrian Meronk
-3
73
66
139
T78
Haydn Porteous *
-3
69
70
139
T78
Cormac Sharvin
-3
69
70
139
T78
Alejandro Tosti
-3
68
71
139
T78
Toby Tree
-3
69
70
139
T78
Borja Virto
-3
69
70
139
T78
Paul Waring *
-3
72
67
139
T90
Sam Broadhurst (a)
-2
74
66
140
T90
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-2
71
69
140
T90
Raphael Jacquelin *
-2
72
68
140
T90
Shiv Kapur
-2
69
71
140
T90
Clement Sordet
-2
68
72
140
T90
Darius van Driel
-2
69
71
140
T96
David Borda
-1
69
72
141
T96
Jonathan Caldwell *
-1
70
71
141
T96
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez *
-1
73
68
141
T96
Matt Ford
-1
71
70
141
T96
Alexander Levy *
-1
70
71
141
T96
Richard McEvoy
-1
71
70
141
T96
Guido Migliozzi *
-1
73
68
141
T96
Benjamin Poke
-1
73
68
141
T96
Steven Tiley *
-1
70
71
141
T105
Yi Keun Chang *
E
73
69
142
T105
David Horsey *
E
72
70
142
T105
David Howell *
E
70
72
142
T105
Pedro Oriol *
E
74
68
142
T105
Chris Paisley
E
73
69
142
T110
Jake McLeod *
1
74
69
143
T110
Andrea Pavan *
1
71
72
143
T110
Robin Roussel
1
72
71
143
T110
Marcel Schneider
1
71
72
143
T110
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen *
1
71
72
143
T110
Ashun Wu *
1
70
73
143
T116
Sean Crocker *
2
71
73
144
T116
Tyler Koivisto *
2
69
75
144
T116
Tom McKibbin
2
69
75
144
T116
Jacobo Pastor *
2
70
74
144
T116
Carl Suneson
2
73
71
144
T121
Grégory Bourdy *
4
73
73
146
T121
Alejandro Cañizares
4
72
74
146
T121
Harry Ellis
4
75
71
146
T124
Austin Bautista
5
70
77
147
T124
Samuel Del Val *
5
72
75
147
T124
Mario Galiano Aguilar *
5
69
78
147
127
Joakim Lagergren
7
75
74
149
128
Alvaro Hernandez Cabezuela
8
74
76
150
129
Oscar Sanchez *
9
74
77
151
130
Scott Gregory *
11
71
82
153
WD
Renato Paratore
2
73
73
* Player started on the back nine