Challenge Tour Grand Final R2

Top 15 hold firm as Laporta leads in Mallorca

November 07-10
Club de Golf Alcanada, Port d’Alcúdia, Mallorca, Spain
€420,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Francesco Laporta leads the Challenge Tour Grand Final at the halfway stage and is in pole position to be crowned Road to Mallorca Number One after a second round of two under par 69 at Club de Golf Alcanada.

Challenge Tour Final R2 - Laporta leads in Mallorca
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“It was a bit more windy today. We had the wind for the entire 18 holes, whereas yesterday it came down for around five or six holes. It wasn’t easy today – the greens were a bit slower than yesterday and less firm. There were some tough pin positions and the other guys played solid, so it was a good game today.

“Everyone enjoyed the round and we had a good fight. Hopefully we’ll have another good fight tomorrow.

“I’m going to practice a bit this afternoon, then I’m going to go and play PlayStation!”

The Italian’s round moved him to five under par, one stroke clear of Spain’s Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez and two ahead of Frenchman Robin Sciot-Siegrist.


“Anything can happen, literally,” said Sciot-Siegrist. “I know I’m far off in the Rankings and that I need to finish top two or better, but I came here this week knowing that I needed to finish top two and I started to play well a couple weeks ago and then seeing this course, I like this course.

“There are just a lot of things that tell you that something can happen, but it’s the top players on the Challenge Tour playing this week and you know it’s going to be tough but we’ll see.

“There’s a lot of wind and the course is very tricky. I struggle on easy courses because target golf is not really something that I do very well. This is just the kind of course that makes you frustrated, you need to think a little bit about your shots, and then the wind comes in, it’s like a British Amateur.”

After 36 holes in Mallorca, current projections show the top 15 would be unchanged if the tournament were to end as it is with Darius van Driel clinging onto the last card, but several players have given themselves a shot of glory with two rounds remaining.

Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson is the man best-placed to break into the graduation spots after his second consecutive level par round of 71 has him in a tie for seventh place heading into the weekend and 16th on the Road to Mallorca Rankings, just 4,854 behind van Driel.

Sebastian Heisele and Matthew Jordan, who have both likely secured their European Tour playing privileges for next year, share fourth place on two under par, while England’s Ross McGowan posted a bogey-free 66 to move into sixth position with a further escalation of the leaderboard in his sights tomorrow.

“The greens were slower today,” said McGowan. “The wind was probably a bit stronger yesterday and the greens were quicker. I think I had four three-putts and really struggled on them. Today, I putted a lot better.


“The wind was still up pretty early doors today. I had to hit three-wood into the first after a good drive, whereas yesterday we had pretty calm conditions during the first few holes. The wind was going in a different direction today and it made a few holes on the back nine a little bit easier. I think 13 and 14, which were really tough yesterday, were easier today because we could hit irons in there and it was much more favourable.

“I need two more of the same over the weekend and I’ll take that right now. I think I’ve just got to carry on what I was doing today. I had much more focus today and with the greens, I was seeing the speed a lot better today.”


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
LAPORTA, Francesco
-5
68
69
2
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
-4
69
69
3
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-3
71
68
4
HEISELE, Sebastian
-2
71
69
JORDAN, Matthew
-2
70
70
6
McGOWAN, Ross
-1
75
66
7
ENOCH, Rhys
PAR
69
73
FERGUSON, Ewen
PAR
71
71
9
SJÖHOLM, Joel
1
72
71
WHITNELL, Dale
1
70
73
9
SENIOR, Jack
1
70
73
BESSELING, Wil
1
72
71
MERONK, Adrian
1
72
71
POKE, Benjamin
1
73
70
TILEY, Steven
1
75
68
16
FARR, Oliver
2
72
72
SIMONSEN, Martin
2
70
74
LENGDEN, Oscar
2
73
71
HUIZING, Daan
2
73
71
SHARVIN, Cormac
2
73
71
SYME, Connor
2
73
71
EASTON, Bryce
2
74
70
FENASSE, Mathieu
2
74
70
HILL, Calum
2
73
71
25
GEARY, Josh
3
74
71
25
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
3
73
72
CANTER, Laurie
3
80
65
STOW, Ben
3
74
71
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
3
74
71
30
BALDWIN, Matthew
4
73
73
BLAND, Richard
4
74
72
VAN DRIEL, Darius
4
74
72
ROZNER, Antoine
4
74
72
PIGEM, Carlos
4
75
71
35
HAVRET, Grégory
5
75
72
PERRIER, Damien
5
75
72
37
SANTOS, Ricardo
6
75
73
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
6
74
74
39
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
7
74
75
SCALISE, Lorenzo
7
77
72
41
LIMA, José-Filipe
8
75
75
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
8
78
72
ROUSSEL, Robin
8
76
74
44
COUSSAUD, Ugo
10
76
76
45
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
13
77
78