DS Automobiles Italian Open R2

Min Woo Lee takes 36-hole lead

Italian Open 2021 R2
September 02-05
Marco Simone GC, Rome, Italy
€3,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

Italian Open 2021 R2 - Min Woo Lee takes 36-hole lead
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Australian Min Woo Lee fired a second round 68 to take a two shot lead into the weekend at the DS Automobiles Italian Open in Rome.


Italian Open 2021 R2

“Very solid again. Didn’t make too many mistakes, made a couple of bad swings but the ball, it was going really far, and I didn’t really change the way I played, I just hit everything so long. Very solid, hit a couple nice putts coming down the stretch and happy to be in the lead with two rounds to go.”

He started the day tied alongside Swede Henrik Stenson and Finn Kalle Samooja and produced four birdies and a single bogey at the par-4 6th to take his first 36 hole lead on the European Tour.


Italian Open 2021 R2

Another Finn, Mikko Korhonen (66), is tied for second place at 8-under alongside Spaniard Adri Arnaus (68), England’s Tommy Fleetwood (68) and Johannes Veerman (67) of the USA.

“So far, I’m at the top of the leaderboard but whether it is a couple better or not, it’s hard to get any better than top so I will see where I finish up at the end of the day and then we have the weekend’s golf to get on with,” said Fleetwood.


Italian Open 2021 R2

“This year, especially the second half of the year, I feel like I have got off to a good start in quite a few events and then never really kept it going, so today was good. I didn’t particularly feel like, I had spells where I hit it really good and then I had spells where it wasn’t very good, so I guess that is the game but all in all, very happy to turn up after a couple weeks off and to have a great couple days, and now a weekend with it all to play for.

“I enjoyed it. Like I said yesterday, I was shocked how good the scoring was because I felt, I mean I had only played it in wind, but I felt like it was a really tough test every time I played it. Today, where they put the pins out, I felt like again it wasn’t that easy to score. I had an amazing day on the greens, I putted great, and that was sort of where I made my score. But you can definitely see in a couple years’ time where the grandstands will be and the atmosphere on some of the holes.


Italian Open 2021 R2

Stenson shot two bogeys and two birdies on the front nine to make the turn in 35, made back-to-back birdies at the 11th and 12th but unfortunately double bogeyed the 17th to close with a 71. He moved down into sixth place alongside local favourite Edoardo Molinari (70), Dane Nicolai Højgaard (69), France’s Alexander Levy (66) and South Africa’s Daniel van Tonder (65).

Samooja had a disastrous front nine producing three birdies accompanied by three bogeys and two double bogeys to make the turn in 40. He made another bogey at the 11th followed by an eagle at the par-5 12th and a birdie at the 13th before parring the final five holes for a 74, moving down into a tie for 18th at 4-under.

Italian Open 2021 R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Min Woo Lee
-10
64
68
132
T2
Adri Arnaus
-8
66
68
134
T2
Tommy Fleetwood
-8
66
68
134
T2
Mikko Korhonen
-8
68
66
134
T2
Johannes Veerman
-8
67
67
134
T6
Nicolai Højgaard
-7
66
69
135
T6
Alexander Levy
-7
69
66
135
T6
Edoardo Molinari
-7
65
70
135
T6
Henrik Stenson
-7
64
71
135
T6
Daniel van Tonder
-7
70
65
135
T11
Francesco Laporta
-6
66
70
136
T11
Eddie Pepperell
-6
65
71
136
T13
Oliver Farr
-5
69
68
137
T13
Scott Jamieson
-5
70
67
137
T13
Masahiro Kawamura
-5
67
70
137
T13
Joost Luiten
-5
71
66
137
T13
Victor Perez
-5
70
67
137
T18
Maverick Antcliff
-4
69
69
138
T18
Steven Brown
-4
67
71
138
T18
Victor Dubuisson
-4
70
68
138
T18
Ross Fisher
-4
67
71
138
T18
Gavin Kyle Green
-4
69
69
138
T18
Matthew Jordan
-4
71
67
138
T18
Francesco Molinari
-4
69
69
138
T18
Kalle Samooja
-4
64
74
138
T26
Wil Besseling
-3
73
66
139
T26
Richard Bland
-3
70
69
139
T26
Jonathan Caldwell
-3
71
68
139
T26
Dave Coupland
-3
70
69
139
T26
Sean Crocker
-3
72
67
139
T26
Scott Hend
-3
65
74
139
T26
Maximilian Kieffer
-3
69
70
139
T26
Adrian Meronk
-3
70
69
139
T26
Thomas Pieters
-3
70
69
139
T26
Dale Whitnell
-3
69
70
139
T26
Bernd Wiesberger
-3
69
70
139
T37
Ashley Chesters
-2
70
70
140
T37
George Coetzee
-2
72
68
140
T37
Calum Hill
-2
75
65
140
T37
David Horsey
-2
69
71
140
T37
Joakim Lagergren
-2
71
69
140
T37
Pablo Larrazabal
-2
70
70
140
T37
Antoine Rozner
-2
71
69
140
T37
Callum Shinkwin
-2
69
71
140
T37
Matthew Southgate
-2
70
70
140
T46
Dean Burmester
-1
70
71
141
T46
Darren Fichardt
-1
72
69
141
T46
Benjamin Hebert
-1
67
74
141
T46
Guido Migliozzi
-1
72
69
141
T46
Robin Roussel
-1
68
73
141
T46
Shubhankar Sharma
-1
75
66
141
T46
Marcel Siem
-1
72
69
141
T46
Julian Suri
-1
68
73
141
T46
Sami Valimaki
-1
70
71
141
T46
Fabrizio Zanotti
-1
72
69
141
T56
John Catlin
E
72
70
142
T56
Grant Forrest
E
72
70
142
T56
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
E
71
71
142
T56
Julien Guerrier
E
69
73
142
T56
Sam Horsfield
E
69
73
142
T56
Rasmus Højgaard
E
72
70
142
T56
Adrian Otaegui
E
71
71
142
T56
Tapio Pulkkanen
E
72
70
142
T56
Julien Quesne
E
70
72
142
T56
Adrien Saddier
E
67
75
142
T56
Paul Waring
E
70
72
142
CUT
Marcus Armitage
+1
70
73
143
CUT
Alexander Björk
+1
73
70
143
CUT
Jorge Campillo
+1
69
74
143
CUT
David Drysdale
+1
71
72
143
CUT
Garrick Higgo
+1
70
73
143
CUT
Romain Langasque
+1
72
71
143
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
+1
69
74
143
CUT
Wade Ormsby
+1
72
71
143
CUT
Andrea Romano (a)
+1
72
71
143
CUT
Joel Sjoholm
+1
75
68
143
CUT
Justin Walters
+1
72
71
143
CUT
Oliver Wilson
+1
73
70
143
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
+2
72
72
144
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
+2
71
73
144
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
+2
73
71
144
CUT
Daniel Gavins
+2
71
73
144
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
+2
72
72
144
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
+2
73
71
144
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
+2
69
75
144
CUT
Thorbjørn Olesen
+2
72
72
144
CUT
Brandon Stone
+2
68
76
144
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
+3
73
72
145
CUT
Filippo Celli (a)
+3
70
75
145
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
+3
77
68
145
CUT
Matt Fitzpatrick
+3
72
73
145
CUT
Gregory Havret
+3
74
71
145
CUT
Andrew Johnston
+3
72
73
145
CUT
Martin Kaymer
+3
75
70
145
CUT
Søren Kjeldsen
+3
73
72
145
CUT
Ross McGowan
+3
75
70
145
CUT
Darius van Driel
+3
73
72
145
CUT
Luke Donald
+4
74
72
146
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
+4
69
77
146
CUT
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
+4
72
74
146
CUT
Justin Harding
+4
73
73
146
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
+4
71
75
146
CUT
Richie Ramsay
+4
75
71
146
CUT
Sebastian Soderberg
+4
73
73
146
CUT
Matt Wallace
+4
73
73
146
CUT
Jeff Winther
+4
76
70
146
CUT
Chris Wood
+4
72
74
146
CUT
Laurie Canter
+5
72
75
147
CUT
Thomas Detry
+5
72
75
147
CUT
Oliver Fisher
+5
75
72
147
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
+5
71
76
147
CUT
Sihwan Kim
+5
76
71
147
CUT
David Law
+5
75
72
147
CUT
Renato Paratore
+5
71
76
147
CUT
Andy Sullivan
+5
70
77
147
CUT
Aaron Cockerill
+6
76
72
148
CUT
Chris Paisley
+6
75
73
148
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
+6
72
76
148
CUT
Ricardo Santos
+6
76
72
148
CUT
Jordan Smith
+6
73
75
148
CUT
Jacopo Vecchi Fossa (a)
+6
70
78
148
CUT
Nino Bertasio
+7
75
74
149
CUT
Pietro Bovari (a)
+7
74
75
149
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
+7
76
73
149
CUT
Zander Lombard
+7
73
76
149
CUT
Stefano Mazzoli (a)
+7
77
72
149
CUT
Richard McEvoy
+7
75
74
149
CUT
Robert Rock
+7
76
73
149
CUT
Graeme Storm
+7
77
72
149
CUT
Davide Buchi
+8
75
75
150
CUT
Ryan Fox
+8
76
74
150
CUT
Miguel Angel Jiménez
+8
77
73
150
CUT
Haydn Porteous
+8
70
80
150
CUT
Garrick Porteous
+8
72
78
150
CUT
Jack Senior
+8
77
73
150
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
+8
78
72
150
CUT
Joel Stalter
+8
71
79
150
CUT
Aron Zemmer
+8
78
72
150
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
+9
75
76
151
CUT
Kyong-Jun Moon
+9
74
77
151
CUT
Lorenzo Scalise
+9
76
75
151
CUT
Gregorio De Leo
+10
76
76
152
CUT
Enrico Di Nitto
+10
77
75
152
CUT
James Morrison
+11
77
76
153
CUT
Federico Maccario
+12
79
75
154
CUT
Giovanni Manzoni (a)
+12
75
79
154
CUT
Connor Syme
+12
77
77
154
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
+14
81
75
156
CUT
Luca Cianchetti (a)
+15
77
80
157
CUT
Marc Warren
+16
86
72
158
CUT
Andrea Pavan
+18
80
80
160
CUT
Tommaso Perrino
+19
81
80
161
WD
David Howell
+6
76
44
120
WD
Thomas Aiken
+11
77
45
122
WD
Tae Hee Lee
+7
71
43
114
WD
Jazz Janewattananond
+7
75
33
108