Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters R2

Bezuidenhout takes control at Valderrama

June 27-30
Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain
€3,000,000
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Christiaan Bezuidenhout mastered the tougher conditions during round two to take a commanding four shot lead into the weekend at the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.

Estrella Damm Andalucía R2 - Bezuidenhout takes control at Valderrama
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The fearsome Real Club Valderrama had proved scoreable in round one as Bezuidenhout registered a round of 66 but firmer greens and higher winds made it a different proposition on Friday.

“First of all I just kept it in play really nicely. That’s the key thing here, hitting fairways. I was driving it really well. On a course like this you can score well if you hit the fairways but if you don’t you can really struggle.

“I prefer the tougher conditions. It’s tough for everyone. The wind is getting quite a bit stronger, you just have to face it.

“It’s going to be tough – it’s tough without wind – so I’m just hoping to do the same, hit fairways and greens, give myself chances and see where I finish up.”

The South African signed for a round of 68 in the morning to get to eight under par, as he chases his first European Tour win following his third place finish at last week’s BMW International Open.


With conditions getting even tougher in the afternoon, tournament host Sergio Garcia, fellow home favourites Adri Arnaus and Alvaro Quiros, and Welshman Bradley Dredge emerged as the closest challengers at four under par.

“Being local, it’s always nice to play in front of my home crowd, but Valderrama is one of those few courses where you can sometimes do better if you don’t know it too well – I am starting to know every single corner for good or for bad,” said Quiros.

“This is not a long hitter’s golf course. Most of the time we are looking to place the ball off the tee and we are not allowed to hit the driver every single time – that’s not an advantage for long hitters. I don’t consider myself at disadvantage here, but really my length doesn’t help a lot.”

Quiros had carded a 68 in the morning and Garcia battled to an afternoon 72 to keep himself right in the mix to win this event for the third consecutive season. He also has a victory at this event in 2011 and ten other top tens from 14 appearances at Valderrama and he delighted the home fans on the ninth as he chipped in for a birdie to go with two other gains and four bogeys.

“Obviously it was very difficult this afternoon,” said Garcia, “the greens were very firm and it got quite windy, more than yesterday afternoon. I just didn’t make any putts, but I felt like I played really well under the conditions and the difficulty of the course.

“The way the course is playing you have to pick your spots, there are some good spots where you can be aggressive, but you also have to be a little bit careful.


Arnaus signed for a 70 and Dredge carded a 71 to make it a four way tie in second place, with only Brooks Koepka at the US PGA Championship holding a bigger 36 hole lead than Bezuidenhout so far on the 2019 Race to Dubai.

“It wasn’t playing easy, the wind picked up and in the afternoon the greens were firmer. It was kind of a grind for most of the round until I made that eagle putt on 17, which was my highlight,” said Arnaus.

“You have to pick whenever you are going to be aggressive, definitely not all the time. I was probably aggressive five times, the rest was just keep it in play, keep it in the middle of the green and try to make some putts. If some dropped that was going to be a bonus. It was just one of those days.”

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Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-8
66
68
134
T2
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-4
70
68
138
T2
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-4
66
72
138
T2
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-4
68
70
138
T2
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-4
67
71
138
T6
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-3
68
71
139
T6
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-3
70
69
139
T6
George Coetzee
RSA
-3
70
69
139
T6
Victor Perez
FRA
-3
65
74
139
T6
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-3
68
71
139
T11
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-2
70
70
140
T11
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
68
72
140
T11
Espen Kofstad
NOR
-2
70
70
140
T11
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-2
69
71
140
T11
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-2
67
73
140
T11
Gavin Green
MAS
-2
66
74
140
T11
Justin Walters
RSA
-2
70
70
140
T11
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-2
68
72
140
T11
Chris Paisley
ENG
-2
69
71
140
T11
Julian Suri
USA
-2
67
73
140
T11
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-2
67
73
140
T11
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
73
67
140
T23
Samuel Del Val
ESP
-1
71
70
141
T23
Jon Rahm
ESP
-1
69
72
141
T23
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-1
71
70
141
T26
Kim Koivu
FIN
Par
72
70
142
T26
Thomas Detry
BEL
Par
74
68
142
T26
Andres Romero
ARG
Par
70
72
142
T26
Steven Brown
ENG
Par
70
72
142
T26
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
Par
69
73
142
T26
Hugo Leon
CHI
Par
73
69
142
T26
Anton Karlsson
SWE
Par
66
76
142
T26
Andy Sullivan
ENG
Par
71
71
142
T26
David Law
SCO
Par
70
72
142
T26
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
Par
75
67
142
T26
David Lipsky
USA
Par
70
72
142
T26
Oliver Wilson
ENG
Par
69
73
142
T26
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
Par
71
71
142
T26
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
Par
71
71
142
T26
David Horsey
ENG
Par
69
73
142
T41
Nino Bertasio
ITA
1
73
70
143
T41
Paul Peterson
USA
1
72
71
143
T41
Adrien Saddier
SCO
1
73
70
143
T41
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
1
73
70
143
T41
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
1
71
72
143
T41
Jason Scrivener
AUS
1
71
72
143
T41
Richard Sterne
RSA
1
72
71
143
T41
Sihwan Kim
KOR
1
66
77
143
T41
Joost Luiten
NED
1
68
75
143
T41
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
1
71
72
143
T41
Andrew Johnston
ENG
1
70
73
143
T41
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
1
72
71
143
T41
Niklas Lemke
SWE
1
68
75
143
T41
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
1
69
74
143
T55
Wade Ormsby
AUS
2
73
71
144
T55
Jorge Campillo
ESP
2
73
71
144
T55
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
2
70
74
144
T55
Stuart Manley
WAL
2
72
72
144
T55
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
2
71
73
144
T55
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
2
73
71
144
T55
Daniel Gavins
ENG
2
70
74
144
T55
Grant Forrest
SCO
2
72
72
144
T55
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
2
71
73
144
T55
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
2
75
69
144
T55
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
2
73
71
144
T55
Sean Crocker
USA
2
72
72
144
T55
Dean Burmester
RSA
2
71
73
144
T55
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
2
71
73
144
T55
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
2
70
74
144
T55
Shiv Kapur
IND
2
74
70
144
T55
Ashley Chesters
ENG
2
71
73
144
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
3
72
73
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
73
72
145
CUT
David Howell
ENG
3
70
75
145
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
3
74
71
145
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
3
68
77
145
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
3
75
70
145
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
3
70
75
145
CUT
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
3
72
73
145
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
69
76
145
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
3
74
71
145
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
3
70
75
145
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
3
70
75
145
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
3
73
72
145
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
75
70
145
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
3
71
74
145
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
3
73
72
145
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
4
73
73
146
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
4
73
73
146
CUT
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra
ESP
4
71
75
146
CUT
Javier Colomo
ESP
4
72
74
146
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
4
76
70
146
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
4
68
78
146
CUT
Johannes Veerman
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
John Catlin
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Pep Angles
ESP
4
74
72
146
CUT
Santiago Tarrio
ESP
4
70
76
146
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Darius van Driel
NED
5
73
74
147
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
5
71
76
147
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
5
75
72
147
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
5
70
77
147
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
5
70
77
147
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
5
68
79
147
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
5
74
73
147
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
5
72
75
147
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
5
74
73
147
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
5
74
73
147
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
5
77
70
147
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
5
73
74
147
CUT
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
ESP
6
75
73
148
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
6
76
72
148
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
6
71
77
148
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
6
76
72
148
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
6
71
77
148
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
6
72
76
148
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
6
73
75
148
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
6
75
73
148
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
6
73
75
148
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
6
74
74
148
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
6
70
78
148
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
7
72
77
149
CUT
Jack Senior
ENG
7
74
75
149
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
7
71
78
149
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
7
74
75
149
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
7
73
76
149
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
7
74
75
149
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
8
75
75
150
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
8
77
73
150
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
8
78
72
150
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
8
75
75
150
CUT
Max Orrin
ENG
8
77
73
150
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
8
72
78
150
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
8
70
80
150
CUT
Tom Murray
ENG
8
74
76
150
CUT
David Borda
ESP
9
71
80
151
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
9
77
74
151
CUT
Luis Gagne
CRC
9
76
75
151
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
9
75
76
151
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
9
79
72
151
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
9
71
80
151
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
9
74
77
151
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
10
72
80
152
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
10
74
78
152
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
11
75
78
153
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
11
75
78
153
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
12
74
80
154
CUT
Alejandro Del Rey
ESP
13
74
81
155
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
13
72
83
155
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
USA
13
79
76
155
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
14
79
77
156
CUT
Ivan Cantero
ESP
15
78
79
157
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
15
74
83
157
RET
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
Par
79
79