Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters R2

Catlin moves clear at Valderrama

September 03-06
Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain
€1,250,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Andalucia Masters 2020 R2 - Catlin moves clear at Valderrama
John Catlin. (Credit: European Tour)


John Catlin will take a two stroke lead into the weekend at the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters after another bruising day at Real Club Valderrama.


The American started the day in a four-way tie for the lead and is the only player to have carded two rounds in the red as the field again contended with strong winds at the notoriously tough 1997 Ryder Cup venue.

The 29-year-old, who has won four times on the Asian Tour, began his round with birdies on the first and third holes, but was one over par for the day after his third bogey of the round came at the tenth hole.



He recovered strongly with gains on the 16th and 17th, and a crucial up-and-down on the 18th to sign for a one under par round of 70 and a three under par total.

“I was hanging on in the middle of the round. I got off to a hot start again but then I started making bogeys, which you can do out here pretty easily if you miss a fairway here and a green there. I made a really good bogey on nine, that could have been a double pretty quickly. I hung in there all day and was able to hole putts there on 16, 17 and 18. I hit a great shot on 18, I just misjudged the wind a little bit. It’s nice to get two good ones in over the first two days.


“Winning is never easy. It doesn’t matter what Tour you’re on, you have to go out there, make birdies and hole putts. Being able to look myself in the mirror and know I’ve done this before and can do it again is hugely helpful. It helped me out there today, even though I haven’t won a European Tour event, I know I’m fully capable of doing that.”

Catlin is two strokes ahead of Scotsman Connor Syme, who shared the 18-hole lead, 2014 Ryder Cup player Jamie Donaldson and five-time European Tour winner Pablo Larrazábal.

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“Pretty pleased to be honest, it wasn’t easy again – the wind was probably a little less than yesterday but still equally as difficult,” said Syme. “I probably wasn’t as sharp around the greens, got a couple of bad breaks but that’s just going to happen to you to be honest. Happy with the way I grinded, and I holed a few nice putts there at the end to salvage a pretty good score again today.

“(I’m) trying to focus for as little time as possible, switch off in between shots so that when you’re over the ball you’re putting everything into working it out. Because it’s such a grind, it’s pretty hilly and it’s a tough walk as well as being a difficult golf course so trying to keep as much energy as possible for when you’re playing your shots is key, so it’s tough but I’m happy with the score.”



Wilco Nienaber moved up to fifth place after a one under par round of 70, which included two birdies and an eagle.

Spaniard Alejandro Cañizares, who is attached to Real Club Valderrama, the Italian pair of Lorenzo Gagli and Guido Migliozzi, and Denmark’s Søren Kjeldsen, who won the 2008 Volvo Masters at this golf course, share sixth on one over par.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
John Catlin
-3
69
70
139
T2
Jamie Donaldson
-1
72
69
141
T2
Pablo Larrazabal
-1
71
70
141
T2
Connor Syme
-1
69
72
141
5
Wilco Nienaber
E
72
70
142
T6
Alejandro Cañizares
1
73
70
143
T6
Lorenzo Gagli
1
74
69
143
T6
Søren Kjeldsen
1
71
72
143
T6
Guido Migliozzi
1
69
74
143
T10
Martin Kaymer
2
72
72
144
T10
Ross McGowan
2
72
72
144
T10
Jake McLeod
2
71
73
144
T13
Thomas Detry
3
73
72
145
T13
Alvaro Quiros
3
72
73
145
T13
Antoine Rozner
3
76
69
145
T13
Jeff Winther
3
77
68
145
T17
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
4
75
71
146
T17
Justin Harding
4
71
75
146
T17
Masahiro Kawamura
4
73
73
146
T17
Damien Perrier
4
76
70
146
T17
Robin Roussel
4
75
71
146
T17
Max Schmitt
4
71
75
146
T17
Johannes Veerman
4
73
73
146
T17
Sami Välimäki
4
77
69
146
T17
Bernd Wiesberger
4
75
71
146
T26
Pep Angles
5
70
77
147
T26
Wil Besseling
5
75
72
147
T26
Alexander Björk
5
74
73
147
T26
Steven Brown
5
73
74
147
T26
Jorge Campillo
5
69
78
147
T26
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
5
77
70
147
T26
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
5
76
71
147
T26
David Horsey
5
74
73
147
T26
Maximilian Kieffer
5
73
74
147
T26
Pedro Oriol
5
75
72
147
T26
Ben Stow
5
74
73
147
T37
Thomas Bjørn
6
72
76
148
T37
Jonathan Caldwell
6
73
75
148
T37
Dave Coupland
6
72
76
148
T37
Ben Evans
6
75
73
148
T37
Julien Guerrier
6
74
74
148
T37
Joachim B. Hansen
6
74
74
148
T37
Gregory Havret
6
75
73
148
T37
Raphael Jacquelin
6
75
73
148
T37
Jbe Kruger
6
74
74
148
T37
Joost Luiten
6
79
69
148
T37
Adrian Otaegui
6
77
71
148
T37
Carlos Pigem
6
75
73
148
T37
Ricardo Santos
6
78
70
148
T37
Romain Wattel
6
74
74
148
T37
Ashun Wu
6
77
71
148
T52
Bryce Easton
7
76
73
149
T52
Ewen Ferguson
7
73
76
149
T52
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
7
75
74
149
T52
Joakim Lagergren
7
77
72
149
T52
Francesco Laporta
7
76
73
149
T52
Robert MacIntyre
7
80
69
149
T52
Edoardo Molinari
7
76
73
149
T52
Thorbjørn Olesen
7
72
77
149
T52
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
7
76
73
149
T52
Matthew Southgate
7
76
73
149
T52
Toby Tree
7
72
77
149
T52
Lee Westwood
7
76
73
149
T64
Richard Bland
8
78
72
150
T64
Grant Forrest
8
78
72
150
T64
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
8
75
75
150
T64
Craig Howie
8
75
75
150
T64
Rasmus Højgaard
8
71
79
150
T64
Matthew Jordan
8
81
69
150
T64
Rikard Karlberg
8
76
74
150
T64
Romain Langasque
8
77
73
150
T64
Alexander Levy
8
75
75
150
T64
Wade Ormsby
8
74
76
150
T64
Victor Perez
8
76
74
150
T64
Adrien Saddier
8
73
77
150
T64
Marcel Schneider
8
76
74
150
T64
Paul Waring
8
73
77
150
T78
Eduardo De la Riva
9
75
76
151
T78
Pedro Figueiredo
9
74
77
151
T78
Ricardo Gouveia
9
74
77
151
T78
Oscar Lengden
9
75
76
151
T78
Renato Paratore
9
77
74
151
T78
Jason Scrivener
9
79
72
151
T78
Cormac Sharvin
9
75
76
151
T78
Sebastian Soderberg
9
73
78
151
T78
Andy Sullivan
9
73
78
151
T78
Darius van Driel
9
76
75
151
T88
Benjamin Hebert
10
74
78
152
T88
Sihwan Kim
10
76
76
152
T88
Kalle Samooja
10
73
79
152
T88
Joel Sjoholm
10
76
76
152
T88
Joël Stalter
10
76
76
152
T93
Maverick Antcliff
11
80
73
153
T93
José María Olazábal
11
74
79
153
T93
Andrea Pavan
11
73
80
153
T93
Brandon Stone
11
74
79
153
T97
Rhys Enoch
12
79
75
154
T97
Calum Hill
12
77
77
154
T97
Alvaro Mueller-Baumgart
12
77
77
154
T97
Matthieu Pavon
12
74
80
154
T97
Tapio Pulkkanen
12
75
79
154
T97
Scott Vincent
12
75
79
154
T97
Justin Walters
12
77
77
154
T104
Nino Bertasio
14
79
77
156
T104
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
14
80
76
156
T104
Marcus Kinhult
14
80
76
156
T104
Garrick Porteous
14
79
77
156
T104
Lorenzo Scalise
14
78
78
156
T109
Gavin Moynihan
15
79
78
157
T109
Zach Murray
15
77
80
157
T109
Eduard Rousaud
15
83
74
157
T109
Shubhankar Sharma
15
81
76
157
T113
Marcus Armitage
16
79
79
158
T113
Alejandro Del Rey (a)
16
80
78
158
T113
Tom Gandy
16
78
80
158
T113
Peter Hanson
16
81
77
158
T117
Kristoffer Broberg
17
81
78
159
T117
Samuel Del Val
17
79
80
159
T119
Adrian Meronk
18
78
82
160
T119
Borja Virto
18
76
84
160
T121
Anton Karlsson
19
85
76
161
T121
Andres Romero
19
82
79
161
T121
Lars van Meijel
19
85
76
161
T124
David Howell
20
78
84
162
T124
Niklas Lemke
20
85
77
162
126
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
21
86
77
163
127
Michael Campbell
25
82
85
167
WD
Zander Lombard
E
WD
Jordan Smith
11
66
66
WD
Haotong Li
5
16
16
WD
Kristoffer Reitan
7
46
46
WD
Sean Crocker
7
42
42