D+D REAL Czech Challenge - R2

Eagle finish gives McGowan the lead in Czech Republic

May 23-26
Kaskáda Golf Resort, Brno, Czech Repbulic
€3,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Ross McGowan holds a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the D+D REAL Czech Challenge after he holed a 30-foot eagle putt on his final hole.

D+D REAL Czech Challenge - Eagle finish gives McGowan the lead in Czech Republic, © Ota Mrákota/Relmost
© Ota Mrákota/Relmost

McGowan, who shared the overnight lead with Robin Roussel on five under par, signed for a consecutive round of 66 to move two strokes ahead of the Frenchman at the end of the second round at Kaskáda Golf Resort.

The two-time European Challenge Tour winner started the day with three birdies in his opening six hole and bounced back following a bogey on the 17th – his eighth hole – with a birdie on the 18th. He started his back nine with a further gain, but a frustrating run of holes saw him drop a shot on the fifth to join Roussel, who led in the clubhouse, on eight under par.

After an errand tee shot on his final hole, McGowan produced two of the shots of the day, finding the green from 210 yards from the bunker, before sinking an eagle putt to take the outright lead at the halfway stage in Brno.

“I had a horrible lie in the bunker and managed to squeeze-cut a five wood onto the green and dropped a long one from 30 foot,” he said.

“I’ve put two rounds together, so that’s the first positive I’ll take into the weekend. Usually it’s one good and one bad round, so it’s nice to put two good scores together. I didn’t play my best on the back nine but hopefully I’ll sort that out before teeing off tomorrow.

“The bogey on 17 was annoying. I had a horrible lie off the fairway, but it came out a lot better than I thought. I knocked a wedge into ten foot on the 18th to set up the birdie. Then on one, I hit a five wood into 40 foot, and it was a good two putt for birdie.”

Roussel followed up his opening round of 66 with a three under par round of 68 to sit two shots behind McGowan, as he goes in search for his maiden Challenge Tour title.

Rasmus Højgaard of Denmark, who continues to impress during his debut Challenge Tour season, carded a round of 66 to move three shots off the lead. While a group of seven players sit a further stroke behind on six under par. Four players from Czech Republic; Petr Gal, Stanislav Matus, Filip Mruzek and Michal Pospisil made the cut with Mruzek leading the home charge on two under par.

The third round will begin at 7.40am local time.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
McGOWAN, Ross
-10
66
66
132
2
ROUSSEL, Robin
-8
66
68
134
3
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-7
69
66
135
4
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
-6
70
66
136
HEISELE, Sebastian
-6
71
65
136
VIRTO, Borja
-6
70
66
136
ARIZABALETA, Alvaro
-6
67
69
136
CARLSSON, Magnus A
-6
67
69
136
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-6
68
68
136
GEARY, Josh
-6
68
68
136
11
SANTOS, Ricardo
-5
70
67
137
DEAN, Joe
-5
70
67
137
SHARVIN, Cormac
-5
72
65
137
BOOTE, David
-5
69
68
137
FERNANDEZ, Scott
-5
67
70
137
HUIZING, Daan
-5
71
66
137
17
KNAPPE, Alexander
-4
70
68
138
BRUN, Julien
-4
68
70
138
HILL, Calum
-4
70
68
138
STALTER, Joël
-4
67
71
138
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
-4
69
69
138
WRISDALE, Jordan
-4
70
68
138
23
BLAND, Richard
-3
70
69
139
NEMECZ, Lukas
-3
72
67
139
RENOLDS, Lindsay
-3
70
69
139
SAXTON, Reinier
-3
70
69
139
MERONK, Adrian
-3
70
69
139
28
EVANS, Ryan
-2
69
71
140
HANSON, Chris
-2
71
69
140
PIGEM, Carlos
-2
72
68
140
POKE, Benjamin
-2
69
71
140
AHOKAS, Antti
-2
71
69
140
VAN DRIEL, Darius
-2
68
72
140
MRUZEK, Filip
-2
70
70
140
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-2
71
69
140
ERIKSSON, Martin
-2
72
68
140
37
MCCARTHY, Nick
-1
72
69
141
PORTEOUS, Garrick
-1
72
69
141
MATUS, Stanislav
-1
71
70
141
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
-1
71
70
141
BOURDY, Grégory
-1
70
71
141
TILEY, Steven
-1
72
69
141
COUPLAND, Dave
-1
71
70
141
WIDEGREN, Pontus
-1
72
69
141
JORDAN, Matthew
-1
73
68
141
OLSEN, Aksel
-1
72
69
141
DAVIDSON, Jack
-1
72
69
141
FERGUSON, Ewen
-1
71
70
141
KÖLBING, Jonas
-1
71
70
141
STAL, Gary
-1
73
68
141
WIEGELE, Martin
-1
71
70
141
BRAEUNIG, Christian
-1
72
69
141
GAL, Petr
-1
70
71
141
ANGLES, Pep
-1
68
73
141
LINDELL, Oliver
-1
69
72
141
56
BALTL, Timon
Par
70
72
142
BESSELING, Wil
Par
72
70
142
DAWSON, Robin
Par
72
70
142
STOW, Ben
Par
71
71
142
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
Par
69
73
142
FOOS, Dominic
Par
71
71
142
ROZNER, Antoine
Par
73
69
142
KAKKO, Roope
Par
70
72
142
LEITMANNSTETTER, Aaron
Par
68
74
142
POSPISIL, Michal
Par
74
68
142
RIU, Victor
Par
71
71
142
LLOYD, Chris
Par
76
66
142
NILEHN, Fredrik
Par
69
73
142
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
Par
68
74
142
PERRIER, Damien
Par
70
72
142
MEJOW, Philipp
Par
72
70
142
72
NEIL, Bradley
1
74
69
143
FENASSE, Mathieu
1
73
70
143
SYME, Connor
1
70
73
143
BERNA MANZANARES, Daniel
1
71
72
143
ECCLES, Ben
1
72
71
143
HOWIE, Craig
1
75
68
143
LINARD, Thomas
1
72
71
143
FRITSCH, Florian
1
74
69
143
TARRIO BEN, Santiago
1
71
72
143
IM, Daniel
1
73
70
143
MADDY, Paul
1
73
70
143
EASTON, Bryce
1
72
71
143
KOEPKA, Chase
1
74
69
143
85
OVESEN, Martin
2
74
70
144
COUSSAUD, Ugo
2
74
70
144
GREGORY, Scott
2
76
68
144
DAYDOU, Alexandre
2
72
72
144
HENRY, Scott
2
73
71
144
FORD, Matt
2
74
70
144
MCBRIDE, Paul
2
73
71
144
GLENNEMO, Jacob
2
71
73
144
HAVRET, Grégory
2
73
71
144
LIMA, José-Filipe
2
72
72
144
BALDWIN, Matthew
2
72
72
144
STUREHED, Henric
2
72
72
144
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
2
71
73
144
ZAPLETAL (AM), Matyas
2
75
69
144
MCDONALD, Jack
2
74
70
144
100
ROBB, Chris
3
75
70
145
DE LA RIVA, Eduardo
3
73
72
145
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
3
76
69
145
VALASEK, Peter
3
75
70
145
GILLBERG, Oliver
3
75
70
145
ALBERTUS, Max
3
71
74
145
RUSCH, Benjamin
3
78
67
145
SUCHAN, Daniel
3
71
74
145
ARMITAGE, Marcus
3
70
75
145
109
PIAGET, Sandro
4
72
74
146
STARK, Oscar
4
70
76
146
BERARDO, Clément
4
70
76
146
JOANNES, Hugues
4
73
73
146
TREE, Toby
4
70
76
146
STEWART, Duncan
4
74
72
146
YOUNG, Mark
4
75
71
146
SANTOS SILVA, Tomas
4
75
71
146
KEYSER, Mathiam
4
73
73
146
CEA, Michele
4
73
73
146
SARACINO, Andrea
4
74
72
146
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
4
74
72
146
121
ABBOTT, Jamie
5
75
72
147
MIVIS, Christopher
5
78
69
147
123
ITEN, Marco
6
75
73
148
ROBINSON, Liam
6
72
76
148
BERGMAN, Oscar
6
75
73
148
126
BENAK (AM), David
7
72
77
149
LAPORTA, Francesco
7
76
73
149
CAFOUREK, Jan
7
79
70
149
MACH (AM), Pavol
7
76
73
149
FOO, Gregory
7
76
73
149
GEYGER, Nico
7
78
71
149
O’ROURKE, Conor
7
76
73
149
GROS, Sébastien
7
69
80
149
THOMSON, Jonathan
7
77
72
149
135
HELLIGKILDE, Marcus
8
75
75
150
GRADECKI, Mateusz
8
74
76
150
ENOCH, Rhys
8
75
75
150
SPOONER, Billy
8
78
72
150
JAKUBCIK (AM), Filip
8
73
77
150
140
ROSS, Craig
9
76
75
151
FISHER JNR, Trevor
9
77
74
151
KORINEK, Ales
9
77
74
151
SHIM, Jaewoo
9
77
74
151
144
SIWY (AM), David
10
80
72
152
LENGDEN, Oscar
10
79
73
152
TINTERA, Lukas
10
76
76
152
ONG, Marc
10
79
73
152
148
KOSTELKA (AM), Vojtech
11
79
74
153
BRIXI (AM), Gordan
11
76
77
153
COHEN-BOYER, Louis
11
81
72
153
ERKENBECK, James
11
74
79
153
152
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
12
79
75
154
MOHR, Marcus
12
79
75
154
SHEPHERD, Jake
12
79
75
154
155
QUIROS, Manuel
14
81
75
156
CHOI (AM), Junmin
14
81
75
156