European Challenge Tour

Hopps Open de Provence 2018

September 20-24

Golf International de Pont Royal, Mallemort, France

€200,000

September 20-24

Golf International de Pont Royal, Mallemort, France

€200,000

Round 2

Sensational 60 accelerates Ford into pole in France

September , 2018

Matt Ford shot an amazing 12 under par round of 60 to lead by five shots at the Hopps Open de Provence at the halfway stage.

Sensational 60 accelerates Ford into pole in France, © Golfsupport.nl

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Ford carded the lowest professional round of his career to set a new course-record by three strokes at Golf International de Pont Royal and increase his chance of a first European Challenge Tour title.

The Englishman started the day four shots behind overnight leader Joachim B. Hansen but followed up his opening round of 69 with a bogey-free 60, including 10 birdies and an eagle to record the lowest Challenge Tour round of the season.

The 40 year old holed two birdies in his first five holes before making four consecutive gains around the turn to lie one shot off Day Two’s early leader Hugo Leon.

His seventh birdie of the day came at the 12th before he drained a 20-foot eagle putt on the par five 14th to race into the lead. With Oliver Fisher carding the European Tour’s first ever round of 59 in Portugal earlier in the day, Ford nearly matched it as he birdied three of his final four holes for an outstanding round of 60.

“It’s the best round of my career,” he said. “It was pretty amazing and I’m very happy with it.

“If you hole putts then the confidence grows. I holed a couple of nice ones, especially when the camera was around. I made a nice one for eagle on 14 and then a nice one on the last as well, but the majority of birdie putts were inside ten foot.

“I saw Oli’s score as we were teeing off and someone said that he’d carded a 59 when we were going round, so congratulations to him.

“A 59 didn’t enter my mind today, maybe when the eagle putt went in on 14, but I’ve had a pretty average season so to put in a low score here, similar to the one at the Bridgestone Challenge, was pleasing and hopefully I can card a few more in the next couple of weeks.

“I struggled a little bit off the tee yesterday but today was better, and I think that’s the key around here. My irons were solid, and I putted nicely.

“I’ve been trying my hardest every week, but it hasn’t quite been working this year, so I’ll keep fighting and working over the weekend.”

Five strokes behind Ford is Leon, who led for the majority of Day Two, as he carded a second successive five under par round of 65. The Chilean was bogey-free on his front nine, including three birdies, but dropped a shot on the 11th, however, he finished strong with four gains and one blemish on his final five holes to lie second after the second round.

One shot behind Leon are Ewen Ferguson, Martin Ovesen and leading Frenchman Romain Langasque, who delighted the home fans with two eagles on his card. However, overnight leader and Road to Ras Al Khaimah number one Hansen is a further shot behind the trio on eight under par.

Pos. Player To Par R1 R2 Total
1 FORD, Matt -15 69 60 129
2 LEON, Hugo -10 67 67 134
3 OVESEN, Martin -9 69 66 135
FERGUSON, Ewen -9 66 69 135
LANGASQUE, Romain -9 66 69 135
6 SENIOR, Jack -8 70 66 136
KAKKO, Roope -8 66 70 136
PEREZ, Victor -8 72 64 136
LAW, David -8 70 66 136
HANSEN, Joachim B. -8 65 71 136
SJÖHOLM, Joel -8 68 68 136
12 MICHAEL, Anthony -7 68 69 137
PERRIER, Damien -7 66 71 137
BRAEUNIG, Christian -7 68 69 137
15 ESPAÑA, Edouard -6 70 68 138
ARNAUS, Adri -6 69 69 138
FORREST, Grant -6 70 68 138
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro -6 69 69 138
GIRRBACH, Joel -6 69 69 138
20 ROUSSEL, Robin -5 72 67 139
VAN DRIEL, Darius -5 68 71 139
TADINI, Alessandro -5 71 68 139
MADDY, Paul -5 71 68 139
24 SAMOOJA, Kalle -4 70 70 140
FORSSTRÖM, Simon -4 68 72 140
JOHANSSON, Niclas -4 71 69 140
27 CARLSSON, Magnus A -3 71 70 141
STOW, Ben -3 70 71 141
ENOCH, Rhys -3 72 69 141
MOYNIHAN, Gavin -3 70 71 141
LINDELL, Oliver -3 73 68 141
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape -3 67 74 141
33 LEMKE, Niklas -2 71 71 142
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme -2 72 70 142
ITEN, Marco -2 71 71 142
BERGAMASCHI, Filippo -2 70 72 142
ARNOY, Jarand Ekeland -2 68 74 142
DI NITTO, Enrico -2 71 71 142
STARK, Oscar -2 69 73 142
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt -2 74 68 142
DEL MORAL, Carlos -2 69 73 142
KNAPPE, Alexander -2 70 72 142
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh -2 77 65 142
SARASTI, Juan -2 71 71 142
CARLSSON, Johan -2 71 71 142
MANLEY, Stuart -2 72 70 142
VAN WEST, Robbie -2 74 68 142
HELLGREN, Björn -2 71 71 142
49 BEKKER, Oliver -1 70 73 143
TRAPPEL, Manuel -1 70 73 143
GEYGER, Nico -1 73 70 143
SCHNEIDER, Marcel -1 71 72 143
DUBOIS, Edouard -1 69 74 143
ARMITAGE, Marcus -1 72 71 143
ROZNER, Antoine -1 68 75 143
BORDONE (AM), Camille -1 70 73 143
MERONK, Adrian -1 73 70 143
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin -1 67 76 143
LIMA, José-Filipe -1 71 72 143
PORTEOUS, Garrick -1 75 68 143
PLANT, Alfie -1 66 77 143
MARY (AM), Dimitri -1 72 71 143
63 NAVEAU (AM), Gabriel Par 75 69 144
BRUN, Julien Par 73 71 144
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios Par 72 72 144
EVANS, Ben Par 72 72 144
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio Par 73 71 144
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu Par 71 73 144
STEWART, Duncan Par 73 71 144
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai Par 73 71 144
VIRTO, Borja Par 68 76 144
ORRIN, Max Par 71 73 144
73 NEMECZ, Lukas 1 73 72 145
LAMPERT, Moritz 1 72 73 145
TILEY, Steven 1 73 72 145
ADAMS, James 1 73 72 145
FENASSE, Mathieu 1 75 70 145
MCGEE, Ruaidhri 1 76 69 145
COUSSAUD, Ugo 1 76 69 145
VAN DER VAART, Jurrian 1 69 76 145
81 DOHERTY, Jack 2 73 73 146
SHARVIN, Cormac 2 77 69 146
MATUS, Stanislav 2 72 74 146
DOAK, Chris 2 73 73 146
ADARRAGA GOMEZ, Jose Luis 2 75 71 146
BENSON, Seve 2 74 72 146
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage 2 70 76 146
88 MCDONALD, Jack 3 74 73 147
JOANNES, Hugues 3 73 74 147
LAPORTA, Francesco 3 70 77 147
HENRY, Scott 3 73 74 147
92 ALTMEYER, Mickael 4 78 70 148
MADSEN, Morten Ørum 4 72 76 148
FELDBORG NIELSEN, Christopher 4 79 69 148
PARKER, Ben 4 72 76 148
CATHERINE, Edgar 4 73 75 148
RIU, Victor 4 72 76 148
KIMSEY, Nathan 4 77 71 148
SNOBECK, Anthony 4 73 75 148
100 WIEGELE, Martin 5 78 71 149
MURRAY, Tom 5 73 76 149
LENGDEN, Oscar 5 74 75 149
KARLSSON, Anton 5 70 79 149
MACINTYRE, Robert 5 78 71 149
TESTELIN, Sam 5 70 79 149
106 TISSERAND, Hubert 6 77 73 150
BESSELING, Wil 6 77 73 150
WIDEMANN, Alexandre 6 72 78 150
109 DOBSON, Hugo 7 75 76 151
MARGUERY, Raphael 7 77 74 151
VELASCO, Alvaro 7 74 77 151
BEKIRIAN (AM), Jean 7 74 77 151
MENUT, Cédric 7 75 76 151
114 HUIZING, Daan 8 78 74 152
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo 8 79 73 152
VEYRET (AM), Victor 8 75 77 152
117 CALDWELL, Jonathan 9 76 77 153
BECHU, Romain 9 77 76 153
BALLESTEROS, Javier 9 80 73 153
TACHER, Nicolas 9 74 79 153
ROSAYE, Amaury 9 81 72 153
122 FRITSCH, Florian 10 76 78 154
123 STAL, Gary 12 79 77 156
BRIZARD (AM), Theo 12 81 75 156
125 COUPADE, Jules 13 76 81 157
126 VOISARD, Jeremy 21 83 82 165
RETD HOEY, Michael 7 79 - -
W/D BERNADET, Adrien 10 82 - -
RETD CHAPELLAN, Baptiste 17 84 - -
RETD LOPEZ LAZARO, Johann 8 80 - -
RETD SCHMITT, Max 10 78 - -
RETD CHAPMAN, Adam 2 2 - -
Pos. Player To Par Total
1 FORD, Matt -15 129
2 LEON, Hugo -10 134
3 OVESEN, Martin -9 135
FERGUSON, Ewen -9 135
LANGASQUE, Romain -9 135
6 SENIOR, Jack -8 136
KAKKO, Roope -8 136
PEREZ, Victor -8 136
LAW, David -8 136
HANSEN, Joachim B. -8 136
SJÖHOLM, Joel -8 136
12 MICHAEL, Anthony -7 137
PERRIER, Damien -7 137
BRAEUNIG, Christian -7 137
15 ESPAÑA, Edouard -6 138
ARNAUS, Adri -6 138
FORREST, Grant -6 138
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro -6 138
GIRRBACH, Joel -6 138
20 ROUSSEL, Robin -5 139
VAN DRIEL, Darius -5 139
TADINI, Alessandro -5 139
MADDY, Paul -5 139
24 SAMOOJA, Kalle -4 140
FORSSTRÖM, Simon -4 140
JOHANSSON, Niclas -4 140
27 CARLSSON, Magnus A -3 141
STOW, Ben -3 141
ENOCH, Rhys -3 141
MOYNIHAN, Gavin -3 141
LINDELL, Oliver -3 141
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape -3 141
33 LEMKE, Niklas -2 142
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme -2 142
ITEN, Marco -2 142
BERGAMASCHI, Filippo -2 142
ARNOY, Jarand Ekeland -2 142
DI NITTO, Enrico -2 142
STARK, Oscar -2 142
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt -2 142
DEL MORAL, Carlos -2 142
KNAPPE, Alexander -2 142
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh -2 142
SARASTI, Juan -2 142
CARLSSON, Johan -2 142
MANLEY, Stuart -2 142
VAN WEST, Robbie -2 142
HELLGREN, Björn -2 142
49 BEKKER, Oliver -1 143
TRAPPEL, Manuel -1 143
GEYGER, Nico -1 143
SCHNEIDER, Marcel -1 143
DUBOIS, Edouard -1 143
ARMITAGE, Marcus -1 143
ROZNER, Antoine -1 143
BORDONE (AM), Camille -1 143
MERONK, Adrian -1 143
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin -1 143
LIMA, José-Filipe -1 143
PORTEOUS, Garrick -1 143
PLANT, Alfie -1 143
MARY (AM), Dimitri -1 143
63 NAVEAU (AM), Gabriel Par 144
BRUN, Julien Par 144
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios Par 144
EVANS, Ben Par 144
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio Par 144
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu Par 144
STEWART, Duncan Par 144
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai Par 144
VIRTO, Borja Par 144
ORRIN, Max Par 144
73 NEMECZ, Lukas 1 145
LAMPERT, Moritz 1 145
TILEY, Steven 1 145
ADAMS, James 1 145
FENASSE, Mathieu 1 145
MCGEE, Ruaidhri 1 145
COUSSAUD, Ugo 1 145
VAN DER VAART, Jurrian 1 145
81 DOHERTY, Jack 2 146
SHARVIN, Cormac 2 146
MATUS, Stanislav 2 146
DOAK, Chris 2 146
ADARRAGA GOMEZ, Jose Luis 2 146
BENSON, Seve 2 146
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage 2 146
88 MCDONALD, Jack 3 147
JOANNES, Hugues 3 147
LAPORTA, Francesco 3 147
HENRY, Scott 3 147
92 ALTMEYER, Mickael 4 148
MADSEN, Morten Ørum 4 148
FELDBORG NIELSEN, Christopher 4 148
PARKER, Ben 4 148
CATHERINE, Edgar 4 148
RIU, Victor 4 148
KIMSEY, Nathan 4 148
SNOBECK, Anthony 4 148
100 WIEGELE, Martin 5 149
MURRAY, Tom 5 149
LENGDEN, Oscar 5 149
KARLSSON, Anton 5 149
MACINTYRE, Robert 5 149
TESTELIN, Sam 5 149
106 TISSERAND, Hubert 6 150
BESSELING, Wil 6 150
WIDEMANN, Alexandre 6 150
109 DOBSON, Hugo 7 151
MARGUERY, Raphael 7 151
VELASCO, Alvaro 7 151
BEKIRIAN (AM), Jean 7 151
MENUT, Cédric 7 151
114 HUIZING, Daan 8 152
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo 8 152
VEYRET (AM), Victor 8 152
117 CALDWELL, Jonathan 9 153
BECHU, Romain 9 153
BALLESTEROS, Javier 9 153
TACHER, Nicolas 9 153
ROSAYE, Amaury 9 153
122 FRITSCH, Florian 10 154
123 STAL, Gary 12 156
BRIZARD (AM), Theo 12 156
125 COUPADE, Jules 13 157
126 VOISARD, Jeremy 21 165
RETD HOEY, Michael 7 -
W/D BERNADET, Adrien 10 -
RETD CHAPELLAN, Baptiste 17 -
RETD LOPEZ LAZARO, Johann 8 -
RETD SCHMITT, Max 10 -
RETD CHAPMAN, Adam 2 -