Hero Open R2

Sam Horsfield soars into contention in Birmingham

July 30 – August 02
Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham, England
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Hero Open 2020 R2 - Sam Horsfield soars into contention
England’s Sam Horsfield holds a share of the halfway lead at the Hero Open (Mike Egerton/PA)


For the second Friday in succession England’s Sam Horsfield surged into contention for a maiden European Tour title at the Hero Open.


Horsfield fired an eagle and seven birdies in a second round of 63 at the Forest of Arden to join Spain’s Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez in a share of the lead on 13 under par.

Horsfield finished 10th in last week’s British Masters following a 61 in the third round, which was unusually played on a Friday due to the tournament starting on Wednesday.



Garcia Rodriguez had earlier birdied the last two holes to add a 69 to his opening course-record 62 as the 31-year-old looks to mark his rookie season on the European Tour with a victory.

Horsfield said: “Holing a wedge from 110 yards on four (for an eagle) was an obvious highlight and I just got on a bit of a roll and ended up with a nine under round.


“I’m just having fun, it’s nice to be playing tournament golf again, it’s been a while for everyone and I’m just thankful of that, to get some tournaments going. I’ve been looking forward to it for a while and I’m just enjoying it.

“It’s different out here, not the same as what we’re used to but it’s just the world that we’re living in at the moment and you’ve just got to make the most of.

“We have a great opportunity to come out here and play tournament golf and I’m thankful that the European Tour and everyone involved have been able to make that happen.”



Garcia Rodriguez, who secured his card from the Challenge Tour in 2019, said: “Today the wind was tough, it was a lot windier and the pin positions were a little more complicated than yesterday. But today I played very solid from the tee which was the key to only two bogeys.

“The key yesterday was the putter, today it was difficult with the irons to get it pin high because it was so windy, but I’m so happy with my round today.

“It was very important to birdie the last two holes. It was in my mind to hit a good drive on 17, it wasn’t perfect but a good line. I had an eagle in my mind with an eight iron in my hand, but it was a little right so it was a good birdie.



Hero Open 2020 R2 - Sam Horsfield soars into contention
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez was joined at the top of the leaderboard by Sam Horsfield (Mike Egerton/PA)


“On 18 I played a seven iron and it was a perfect putt. I need to do the same now, go to the players’ lounge, eat some food and hit the gym, then come out tomorrow for the same.”

The leading pair have a three-shot lead over Belgium’s Thomas Detry, with Alexander Bjork and Antoine Rozner a stroke further back.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, who celebrated his record 707th European Tour appearance with an opening 64, added a second round of 72 to lie five shots off the pace.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-13
62
69
131
3
Thomas Detry
-10
67
67
134
T1
Sam Horsfield
-13
68
63
131
T4
Alexander Björk
-9
68
67
135
T4
Antoine Rozner
-9
68
67
135
T6
Oliver Farr
-8
65
71
136
T6
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-8
64
72
136
T6
Mikko Korhonen
-8
67
69
136
T6
Alexander Levy
-8
67
69
136
T6
Matthieu Pavon
-8
69
67
136
T11
Wil Besseling
-7
67
70
137
T11
Grant Forrest
-7
69
68
137
T11
Rasmus Højgaard
-7
66
71
137
T11
Richie Ramsay
-7
69
68
137
T11
Kalle Samooja
-7
68
69
137
T11
Cormac Sharvin
-7
70
67
137
T11
Callum Shinkwin
-7
68
69
137
T18
Richard Bland
-6
70
68
138
T18
Ashley Chesters
-6
66
72
138
T18
Sihwan Kim
-6
67
71
138
T18
Chris Paisley
-6
70
68
138
T18
Carlos Pigem
-6
69
69
138
T18
Jason Scrivener
-6
69
69
138
T18
Joel Sjoholm
-6
70
68
138
T18
Joël Stalter
-6
67
71
138
T26
Laurie Canter
-5
67
72
139
T26
Julien Guerrier
-5
68
71
139
T26
Joachim B. Hansen
-5
68
71
139
T26
Benjamin Hebert
-5
69
70
139
T26
Rikard Karlberg
-5
68
71
139
T26
Pablo Larrazabal
-5
64
75
139
T26
Aaron Rai
-5
71
68
139
T26
Ricardo Santos
-5
70
69
139
T26
Steven Tiley
-5
72
67
139
T35
Marcus Armitage
-4
72
68
140
T35
Dave Coupland
-4
68
72
140
T35
Louis De Jager
-4
74
66
140
T35
Jamie Donaldson
-4
72
68
140
T35
Rhys Enoch
-4
68
72
140
T35
Maximilian Kieffer
-4
71
69
140
T35
Renato Paratore
-4
70
70
140
T35
Robert Rock
-4
71
69
140
T35
Marcel Schneider
-4
73
67
140
T35
Andy Sullivan
-4
70
70
140
T35
Darius van Driel
-4
69
71
140
T46
John Catlin
-3
71
70
141
T46
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-3
73
68
141
T46
Ross Fisher
-3
70
71
141
T46
Søren Kjeldsen
-3
70
71
141
T46
Romain Langasque
-3
69
72
141
T46
Richard McEvoy
-3
69
72
141
T46
Tapio Pulkkanen
-3
70
71
141
T46
Lee Slattery
-3
70
71
141
T46
Clement Sordet
-3
69
72
141
T46
Matthew Southgate
-3
67
74
141
T46
Johannes Veerman
-3
75
66
141
T46
Dale Whitnell
-3
69
72
141
T46
Ben Stow
-3
70
70
T59
Maverick Antcliff
-2
72
70
142
T59
Thomas Bjørn
-2
71
71
142
T59
Steven Brown
-2
71
71
142
T59
Michael Campbell
-2
71
71
142
T59
Sean Crocker
-2
67
75
142
T59
Ben Evans
-2
72
70
142
T59
Ryan Fox
-2
70
72
142
T59
David Horsey
-2
71
71
142
T59
Scott Jamieson
-2
71
71
142
T59
Niklas Lemke
-2
70
72
142
T59
Benjamin Poke
-2
72
70
142
T59
Garrick Porteous
-2
70
72
142
T59
Connor Syme
-2
67
75
142
T72
Matthew Baldwin
-1
73
70
143
T72
David Drysdale
-1
73
70
143
T72
Guido Migliozzi
-1
74
69
143
T72
Jack Senior
-1
71
72
143
T72
Scott Vincent
-1
71
72
143
T72
Justin Walters
-1
66
77
143
T72
Lars van Meijel
-1
71
72
143
T79
Alejandro Cañizares
E
75
69
144
T79
Nicolas Colsaerts
E
73
71
144
T79
Paul Dunne
E
74
70
144
T79
Masahiro Kawamura
E
75
69
144
T79
Ross McGowan
E
71
73
144
T79
Gavin Moynihan
E
73
71
144
T79
Robin Roussel
E
67
77
144
T79
Lorenzo Scalise
E
70
74
144
T79
Max Schmitt
E
72
72
144
T79
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
E
76
68
144
T79
Shubhankar Sharma
E
73
71
144
T90
Oliver Fisher
1
72
73
145
T90
Justin Harding
1
70
75
145
T90
Paul Hendriksen
1
70
75
145
T90
David Howell
1
73
72
145
T90
Joost Luiten
1
71
74
145
T90
Adrian Otaegui
1
70
75
145
T90
Alvaro Quiros
1
74
71
145
T90
Julian Suri
1
72
73
145
T98
Dean Burmester
2
75
71
146
T98
Aaron Cockerill
2
74
72
146
T98
Ewen Ferguson
2
68
78
146
T98
Daan Huizing
2
73
73
146
T98
Jake McLeod
2
74
72
146
T98
Marco Penge
2
69
77
146
T98
Haydn Porteous
2
73
73
146
T98
Adrien Saddier
2
74
72
146
T98
Min Woo Lee
2
73
73
146
T107
Jonathan Caldwell
3
71
76
147
T107
Bryce Easton
3
75
72
147
T107
Pedro Figueiredo
3
73
74
147
T107
Nicolai Højgaard
3
80
67
147
T107
Adrian Meronk
3
75
72
147
T107
Marc Warren
3
74
73
147
T107
Oliver Wilson
3
71
76
147
T114
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
4
73
75
148
T114
Liam Johnston
4
75
73
148
T114
David Law
4
76
72
148
T114
Thorbjørn Olesen
4
70
78
148
T114
Jordan Smith
4
70
78
148
T119
Matthew Jordan
5
74
75
149
T119
James Morrison
5
77
72
149
T121
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
6
77
73
150
T121
Edoardo Molinari
6
79
71
150
T121
Jeff Winther
6
76
74
150
124
Calum Hill
7
72
79
151
T125
Scott Hend
8
73
79
152
T125
Brandon Stone
8
73
79
152
T125
Graeme Storm
8
79
73
152
128
Zander Lombard
12
73
83
156
129
Andrea Pavan
14
76
82
158
WD
Toby Tree
2
74
74
WD
Eddie Pepperell
4
76
76
WD
Joakim Lagergren
E
77
77