Celtic Classic R2

Sam Horsfield well placed to claim title after wild second round

August 13-16
The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 3. Round 4


Celtic Classic R2 - Sam Horsfield well placed to claim title after wild second round
Sam Horsfield at Celtic Manor Resort. (David Davies/PA Wire)


England’s Sam Horsfield is in pole position to claim his second European Tour title in the space of three weeks after a roller-coaster finish to day two of the Celtic Classic.


Horsfield, who won the Hero Open at Hanbury Manor a fortnight ago, holed a bunker shot for a birdie on the 16th, ran up a triple bogey on the 17th and then eagled the last at Celtic Manor in a second round of 64.

At 11 under par, the Florida-based 23-year-old holds a one-shot lead over Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, with Andrew Johnston, Callum Shinkwin and Thomas Detry another stroke adrift on nine under.



Speaking about his five-wood approach to the 18th, Horsfield said: “It’s funny, we had the exact same number into 17 at Forest of Arden when I won so I hit the exact same shot and made the putt for eagle.

“The 17th was not great but I bounced back after that triple to get myself into a good position for tomorrow. I’ve been in contention, I know what the feelings are like and I’m really looking forward to it.”


Overnight leader Pieters, who is playing his first event for five months due to the coronavirus pandemic and the birth of his first child in July, added a 68 to his opening 64 despite finding the water with his approach to the 18th.

Johnston recovered from a nightmare start to his second round to add a 66 to his opening 67 thanks to a blistering finish at the 2010 Ryder Cup venue.

The 31-year-old ran up a triple-bogey seven on the first and dropped another shot on the fifth, but then birdied three of the next four holes and covered the back nine in just 29 shots with an eagle and four more birdies.



“Yesterday (Thursday) evening I wasn’t happy the way I was hitting the ball, spent an hour and a half on the range and just said to myself, ‘I’ve tried everything let’s just play and see what happens,'” Johnston said.

“If I play good, great, if I don’t so be it. I know I’m doing the right things, it’s just a matter of patience that just freed me up and let me play.

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“It’s still not quite right. Sometimes you can not play your best and score really well but I don’t want to rest on that, I want to improve on the weekend with my ball-striking.”

Shinkwin, who collapsed to a closing 81 in the English Championship on Sunday, carded seven birdies and one bogey in a 65 and said: “I’m very happy to be fair.

“I had a bit of a bad round last week on the Sunday and my game just went wrong. I had a couple of days off to recover and on Wednesday I was just working hard on my game. I did everything that I needed to do correctly, everything went right and I didn’t really make any poor swings either.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Sam Horsfield
-11
67
64
131
2
Thomas Pieters
-10
64
68
132
T3
Thomas Detry
-9
67
66
133
T3
Andrew Johnston
-9
67
66
133
T3
Callum Shinkwin
-9
68
65
133
T6
Jonathan Caldwell
-8
68
66
134
T6
Sean Crocker
-8
68
66
134
T6
Matthew Jordan
-8
68
66
134
T6
Jake McLeod
-8
65
69
134
T10
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-7
66
69
135
T10
Rhys Enoch
-7
69
66
135
T10
Sebastian Soderberg
-7
66
69
135
T10
Connor Syme
-7
68
67
135
T14
Wil Besseling
-6
67
69
136
T14
John Catlin
-6
68
68
136
T14
Sihwan Kim
-6
66
70
136
T14
Guido Migliozzi
-6
66
70
136
T14
Adrian Otaegui
-6
69
67
136
T14
Jordan Smith
-6
68
68
136
T20
Lorenzo Gagli
-5
67
70
137
T20
Adrian Meronk
-5
66
71
137
T20
James Morrison
-5
67
70
137
T20
Wilco Nienaber
-5
70
67
137
T20
Aaron Rai
-5
67
70
137
T20
Matthew Southgate
-5
67
70
137
T26
Calum Hill
-4
70
68
138
T26
Francesco Laporta
-4
69
69
138
T26
Oscar Lengden
-4
69
69
138
T26
Edoardo Molinari
-4
66
72
138
T26
Jason Scrivener
-4
69
69
138
T26
Cormac Sharvin
-4
71
67
138
T26
Joel Sjoholm
-4
68
70
138
T26
Scott Vincent
-4
69
69
138
T26
Marc Warren
-4
66
72
138
T35
Maverick Antcliff
-3
68
71
139
T35
Steven Brown
-3
67
72
139
T35
Dean Burmester
-3
71
68
139
T35
Aaron Cockerill
-3
70
69
139
T35
Louis De Jager
-3
71
68
139
T35
Gavin Kyle Green
-3
70
69
139
T35
Sebastian Heisele
-3
69
70
139
T35
David Horsey
-3
68
71
139
T35
Maximilian Kieffer
-3
69
70
139
T35
Damien Perrier
-3
70
69
139
T35
Jack Senior
-3
69
70
139
T35
Martin Simonsen
-3
68
71
139
T35
Sami Välimäki
-3
71
68
139
T35
Justin Walters
-3
70
69
139
T35
Dale Whitnell
-3
72
67
139
T50
Nino Bertasio
-2
71
69
140
T50
Ashley Chesters
-2
72
68
140
T50
Nicolas Colsaerts
-2
67
73
140
T50
Jamie Donaldson
-2
70
70
140
T50
Oliver Farr
-2
73
67
140
T50
Ross Fisher
-2
72
68
140
T50
Grant Forrest
-2
72
68
140
T50
Ryan Fox
-2
69
71
140
T50
Justin Harding
-2
69
71
140
T50
Scott Hend
-2
75
65
140
T50
Søren Kjeldsen
-2
70
70
140
T50
Ross McGowan
-2
70
70
140
T50
Ben Stow
-2
68
72
140
T50
Toby Tree
-2
65
75
140
T50
Min Woo Lee
-2
69
71
140
56
Romain Wattel
E
T65
Adri Arnaus
-1
73
68
141
T65
Alexander Björk
-1
71
70
141
T65
Rikard Karlberg
-1
73
68
141
T65
Jacques Kruyswijk
-1
70
71
141
T65
Pablo Larrazabal
-1
70
71
141
T65
Thorbjørn Olesen
-1
71
70
141
T65
Carlos Pigem
-1
70
71
141
T65
Bernd Ritthammer
-1
71
70
141
T65
Shubhankar Sharma
-1
71
70
141
T65
Andy Sullivan
-1
70
71
141
T65
Julian Suri
-1
72
69
141
T76
Michael Campbell
E
71
71
142
T76
Dave Coupland
E
67
75
142
T76
Jens Fahrbring
E
70
72
142
T76
Joost Luiten
E
72
70
142
T76
Richie Ramsay
E
69
73
142
T76
Lee Slattery
E
71
71
142
T82
Eduardo De la Riva
1
72
71
143
T82
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
1
71
72
143
T82
Chris Paisley
1
72
71
143
T82
Renato Paratore
1
74
69
143
T82
Robin Roussel
1
70
73
143
T82
Antoine Rozner
1
72
71
143
T82
Clement Sordet
1
72
71
143
T89
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
2
69
75
144
T89
Bryce Easton
2
70
74
144
T89
Oliver Fisher
2
70
74
144
T89
Anton Karlsson
2
69
75
144
T89
Kurt Kitayama
2
70
74
144
T89
Jbe Kruger
2
70
74
144
T89
Garrick Porteous
2
75
69
144
T89
Kristoffer Reitan
2
71
73
144
T89
Lorenzo Scalise
2
71
73
144
T89
Brandon Stone
2
71
73
144
T89
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
2
70
74
144
T100
Stephen Dodd
3
75
70
145
T100
Nicolai Højgaard
3
70
75
145
T100
Niklas Lemke
3
74
71
145
T100
Gavin Moynihan
3
74
71
145
T104
Lucas Bjerregaard
4
78
68
146
T104
Scott Jamieson
4
71
75
146
T104
Liam Johnston
4
77
69
146
T104
Zander Lombard
4
69
77
146
T104
Benjamin Poke
4
74
72
146
T104
JC Ritchie
4
75
71
146
T104
Oliver Wilson
4
77
69
146
T111
Marcus Armitage
5
75
72
147
T111
Jorge Campillo
5
72
75
147
T111
Alejandro Cañizares
5
78
69
147
T111
Masahiro Kawamura
5
70
77
147
T111
Alvaro Quiros
5
70
77
147
T116
Matthew Baldwin
6
73
75
148
T116
Richard Bland
6
75
73
148
T116
Laurie Canter
6
74
74
148
T116
Ben Evans
6
76
72
148
T116
Stephen Gallacher
6
73
75
148
T116
Haydn Porteous
6
73
75
148
T122
Paul McGinley
7
75
74
149
T122
Johannes Veerman
7
72
77
149
T124
Steven Tiley
8
75
75
150
T124
Darius van Driel
8
75
75
150
T126
David Howell
9
80
71
151
T126
Marcel Schneider
9
72
79
151
T126
Lars van Meijel
9
75
76
151
129
Andrew Palmer
10
75
77
152
130
Andrea Pavan
19
79
82
161
131
Zach Murray
24
79
87
166
WD
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
6
75
75