Cazoo Open R2

Nacho Elvira takes two shot lead into the weekend in Wales

Cazoo Open 2021 R2
July 22-25
The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales
€1,250,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

Cazoo Open 2021 R2 - Nacho Elvira takes two shot lead into the weekend in Wales
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Nacho Elvira started his round with a share of the lead at 7-under and closed with a 4-under 67 to move to 11-under and take a two shot lead on a windy Friday at the Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale.


Cazoo Open 2021 R2

Elvira, who has yet to win on the European Tour but has won four times on the Challenge Tour, has made just two cuts in his last eleven starts.

“It wasn’t a rainbow, but it was pretty good. More calm than yesterday, I’d say. I didn’t have as many birdies, but I didn’t have as many bad numbers. Overall, it was a great round – especially with the wind picking up a little bit. So I’m very happy with four under.”


Cazoo Open 2021 R2

“It’s definitely playing a lot different than last year. The fairways are firm and the greens are firming up. You have to adjust to how much the ball is releasing on the greens, that’s the most important thing. There were some tough pins today you had to stay away from. It worked out quite well.

“Anywhere close (to the leading groups) is always good. To be 100 per cent honest, I don’t really care where I end up. I’m happy with how I’m trying to turn my game around, especially my mind around. So we ‘ll see what that brings.”


Cazoo Open 2021 R2

Overnight co-leader Vincent Norrman bogeyed the par-3 7th and double bogeyed the par-4 8th but salvaged his round with five birdies on the back nine to close with a 69.

“It was tough on the front nine, a lot of wind. I hit a couple of really good shots, actually, but didn’t really do what I wanted to do. I had some wrong numbers. I made a bogey on seven and then doubled eight, which was pretty bad.

“It was hard. I know I had two shots that I hit perfectly, but they were 15 long, then the guys I played with, it spun up a bit and then came up 20 short. There was a lot of wind.

“I’m very happy with how I turned it around. I birdied 11 – almost made eagle – and had a lot of chances coming in. On the last six or seven holes I had a lot of good opportunities and I took advantage of them.

“If I can step up one more spot, I’ll be happy. I’ve never been in this situation before, so I don ‘t really know what to say, to be honest. If I play my game, I feel like I can finish it off but there’s a lot of golf to be played. We ‘re only halfway.”


Cazoo Open 2021 R2

Masahiro Kawamura played a brilliant 63, the best round of the day, firing seven birdies, an eagle at the par-5-11th and a bogey at the par-4 14th to take third place at 8-under.

“Today was perfect golf. A difficult golf course and difficult conditions – today was perfect. Last year it was more difficult, today it was windy and difficult too.

“Everything was good. Some good iron shots. Yesterday I didn’t make putts, but today I did.

“(On 11), my second shot was a three wood to three metres, and I made the putt. I’m excited and looking forward to tomorrow. It’s my best score on the European Tour. I enjoy playing on the Tour so much. I love travelling and love going to many different countries.”


Cazoo Open 2021 R2

Matt Wallace made three bogeys and four birdies then finished with an eagle at the par-5 18th to close with a 68 and lies in fourth place at 7-under.

“I needed that finish. Sloppy errors on the holes that were playing the easiest – straight downwind. Misjudged the wind on 17, so I left myself a tricky two putt and was spooked by that a bit. But fell on a nice number (on 18) with a really good drive and rolled it in nicely. I’ll take those positives into the weekend.

“It’s tricky out there. I kept saying that to myself, because I felt like I was in position to play some really good golf and give myself chances but couldn’t get it close to the hole or was in the semi-rough, which is harder to control on to the greens. There’s some good pins out there today. If the wind stays like this, it’s fair for everyone.”

Cazoo Open 2021 R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-11
64
67
131
2
Vincent Norrman (a)
-9
64
69
133
3
Masahiro Kawamura
-8
71
63
134
4
Matt Wallace
-7
67
68
135
T5
Chase Hanna
-6
67
69
136
T5
Mikko Korhonen
-6
66
70
136
T5
Jacques Kruyswijk
-6
68
68
136
8
Justin Harding
-5
68
69
137
T9
David Drysdale
-3
68
71
139
T9
Calum Hill
-3
69
70
139
T9
Sam Horsfield
-3
67
72
139
T9
Brad Kennedy
-3
70
69
139
T9
Sihwan Kim
-3
69
70
139
T9
Wade Ormsby
-3
67
72
139
T9
Romain Wattel
-3
71
68
139
T16
Alejandro Cañizares
-2
71
69
140
T16
Nicolas Colsaerts
-2
67
73
140
T16
Søren Kjeldsen
-2
69
71
140
T16
Callum Shinkwin
-2
68
72
140
T16
Jordan Wrisdale
-2
67
73
140
T21
Wil Besseling
-1
70
71
141
T21
Kristoffer Broberg
-1
71
70
141
T21
John Catlin
-1
68
73
141
T21
Nicolai Højgaard
-1
71
70
141
T21
Hugo León
-1
72
69
141
T21
Richard Mansell
-1
68
73
141
T21
Benjamin Poke
-1
72
69
141
T21
Aaron Rai
-1
68
73
141
T21
Shubhankar Sharma
-1
70
71
141
T21
Lee Slattery
-1
70
71
141
T21
Jordan Smith
-1
69
72
141
T21
Toby Tree
-1
70
71
141
T33
Ashley Chesters *
E
73
69
142
T33
Ben Evans
E
70
72
142
T33
Oliver Farr *
E
73
69
142
T33
Pedro Figueiredo *
E
73
69
142
T33
Oliver Fisher *
E
73
69
142
T33
Jean Baptiste Gonnet *
E
67
75
142
T33
Deyen Lawson *
E
72
70
142
T33
Richard McEvoy
E
74
68
142
T33
James Morrison *
E
66
76
142
T33
Tapio Pulkkanen *
E
69
73
142
T33
Connor Syme *
E
72
70
142
T44
Maverick Antcliff *
+1
69
74
143
T44
Steven Brown *
+1
69
74
143
T44
Bradley Dredge *
+1
72
71
143
T44
Bryce Easton *
+1
68
75
143
T44
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño *
+1
73
70
143
T44
Julien Guerrier *
+1
72
71
143
T44
Scott Hend *
+1
71
72
143
T44
Niall Kearney *
+1
71
72
143
T44
David Law *
+1
70
73
143
T44
Bryden Macpherson *
+1
67
76
143
T44
Richie Ramsay *
+1
70
73
143
T44
Ricardo Santos *
+1
71
72
143
T44
Matthias Schmid (a) *
+1
73
70
143
T44
Marc Warren *
+1
73
70
143
T44
Chris Wood *
+1
71
72
143
T59
Laurie Canter *
+2
76
68
144
T59
Archie Davies (a) *
+2
69
75
144
T59
David Dixon *
+2
74
70
144
T59
Alex Fitzpatrick (a) *
+2
70
74
144
T59
David Howell *
+2
72
72
144
T59
Alexander Levy *
+2
72
72
144
T59
Robert Rock *
+2
67
77
144
T59
Clement Sordet *
+2
73
71
144
T59
Suradit Yongcharoenchai *
+2
74
70
144
T68
Dave Coupland
+3
72
73
145
T68
Josh Geary
+3
71
74
145
T68
Berry Henson
+3
71
74
145
T68
David Horsey
+3
73
72
145
T68
Raphael Jacquelin
+3
68
77
145
T68
Niklas Lemke
+3
75
70
145
T68
Adrian Otaegui
+3
71
74
145
T68
Max Schmitt
+3
72
73
145
T68
Elvis Smylie
+3
74
71
145
T68
Julian Suri
+3
76
69
145
T68
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
+3
72
73
145
T79
Matthew Baldwin
+4
73
73
146
T79
Jack Davidson
+4
74
72
146
T79
Matt Ford
+4
76
70
146
T79
Matthieu Pavon
+4
74
72
146
T79
Nicholas Poppleton
+4
74
72
146
T84
Rhys Enoch
+5
77
70
147
T84
Lorenzo Gagli
+5
70
77
147
T84
Ross McGowan
+5
71
76
147
T84
Gavin Moynihan
+5
73
74
147
T84
Kristoffer Reitan
+5
75
72
147
T84
Adrien Saddier
+5
71
76
147
T84
Matthew Southgate
+5
74
73
147
T84
Daniel Young (a)
+5
70
77
147
T84
Aron Zemmer
+5
72
75
147
T93
Matthew Jordan
+6
78
70
148
T93
Chan Kim
+6
73
75
148
T93
John Murphy (a)
+6
75
73
148
T93
Paul Peterson
+6
72
76
148
T93
Alvaro Quiros
+6
76
72
148
T93
Jack Senior
+6
73
75
148
T93
James Sugrue (a)
+6
73
75
148
T93
Sean Towndrow
+6
78
70
148
T101
Ross Fisher
+7
75
74
149
T101
Tom Gandy
+7
73
76
149
T101
Liam Johnston
+7
75
74
149
T101
Janne Kaske
+7
76
73
149
T101
Zander Lombard
+7
72
77
149
T101
Carlos Pigem
+7
78
71
149
T101
Bernd Ritthammer
+7
72
77
149
T101
Ajeetesh Sandhu
+7
73
76
149
T101
Cormac Sharvin
+7
75
74
149
T101
Dale Whitnell
+7
72
77
149
T101
Daniel van Tonder
+7
74
75
149
T112
Nino Bertasio
+8
75
75
150
T112
Gaganjeet Bhullar
+8
74
76
150
T112
Grégory Bourdy
+8
77
73
150
T112
Paul Dunne
+8
73
77
150
T112
Damien Perrier
+8
76
74
150
T112
Graeme Storm
+8
73
77
150
T112
Euan Walker (a)
+8
79
71
150
T119
Eric Bae (a)
+9
78
73
151
T119
Haydn Porteous
+9
73
78
151
T119
Lars van Meijel
+9
74
77
151
T122
Sebastian Heisele
+10
72
80
152
T122
Tyler Koivisto
+10
68
84
152
T122
Marcel Schneider
+10
78
74
152
125
Justin Walters
+11
74
79
153
126
Gregory Havret
+12
81
73
154
T127
Andrea Pavan
+13
78
77
155
T127
Oliver Wilson
+13
79
76
155
129
Joe Long (a)
+14
77
79
156
130
James Ashfield
+16
75
83
158
131
Haotong Li
+17
84
75
159
132
Tim Dykes
+18
83
77
160
133
Matt Roberts
+21
82
81
163