ISPS Handa Wales Open R2

Connor Syme has two-shot advantage after "brutal" second round

August 20-23
The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


ISPS Handa Wales 2020 R2 - Connor Syme has two-shot advantage after "brutal" second round
Scotland’s Connor Syme on the sixth hole (Tim Goode/PA Wire)


Scotland’s Connor Syme defied “brutal” conditions to remain on course for a maiden European Tour title in the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor.


Syme overcame strong winds to add a second round of 70 to his opening 66 and finish six under par, two shots ahead of fellow Scot Liam Johnston, Jordan Smith, Sebastian Soderberg, Li Haotong, Nacho Elvira and Sihwan Kim.

The 25-year-old held a one-shot lead after 54 holes of the Celtic Classic at the same venue last week, but had to settle for a share of third place following a final round of 71 which was compiled either side of a two-hour lightning delay.



“That was brutal, to be honest,” Syme said. “I thought yesterday was tough, but going through what we went through there, we got quite lucky yesterday.

“It was a real grind, some of the hardest conditions I’ve played in. Practising on the putting green it (the ball) was moving a lot so I wasn’t sure if we were going to get started, but I’m delighted with 70.


“Although both my bogeys (on the third and 16th) were three putts, it was one of those days where you’re just trying to find the green and missing it on the correct side was key, to be honest.

“Obviously it’s a course I’m getting to like. I’m really just rolling with the same confidence from last week. It’s weird going through the yardage book from last week and I’d draw a line under it and start with new pins.

“I was thinking it’s a new week and just knuckle down and start again. I’m definitely taking confidence from last week but obviously I was fully focused on this week when I teed off.”



Smith questioned whether play should have taken place in the bad weather, despite remaining in contention for a second European Tour title following a 72.

“I feel like I’ve been out there a week,” Smith, who won the European Open in 2017, said.

“It was borderline out there with how quick those greens were and the wind. I don’t think we should have been out there but you’ve got to deal with it and get on and that’s what we did and managed to grind out a score.

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“On the second (hole) me and Matt (Southgate) probably had 10-footers for eagle and we just wanted to get it down there as close as we can, we weren’t even thinking about holing them.

“It was just one of those days but I’m happy to be in and happy with one over, really happy. I thought it was going to be a battle and it was. I managed to control the ball flight really well and if I did get into any bad spots managed to get out.”

England’s Sam Horsfield, who is seeking back-to-back wins at Celtic Manor and a third victory in the space of four weeks, is eight shots off the lead after adding a 71 to his opening 73.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Connor Syme
-6
66
70
136
T2
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-4
71
67
138
T2
Liam Johnston
-4
70
68
138
T2
Sihwan Kim
-4
71
67
138
T2
Haotong Li
-4
72
66
138
T2
Jordan Smith
-4
66
72
138
T2
Sebastian Soderberg
-4
68
70
138
8
Romain Langasque
-3
71
68
139
T9
Laurie Canter
-2
71
69
140
T9
David Dixon
-2
70
70
140
T9
Justin Harding
-2
70
70
140
T9
Marcus Kinhult
-2
69
71
140
T9
Robert Rock
-2
71
69
140
T14
Ashley Chesters
-1
69
72
141
T14
Sebastian Heisele
-1
70
71
141
T14
Matthew Jordan
-1
69
72
141
T14
Adrian Otaegui
-1
71
70
141
T14
Renato Paratore
-1
69
72
141
T14
Thomas Pieters
-1
69
72
141
T14
Aaron Rai
-1
70
71
141
T21
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
E
72
70
142
T21
Kurt Kitayama
E
68
74
142
T21
Adrian Meronk
E
73
69
142
T21
Edoardo Molinari
E
72
70
142
T21
Adrien Saddier
E
71
71
142
T21
Matthew Southgate
E
69
73
142
T21
Brandon Stone
E
70
72
142
T21
Sami Välimäki
E
70
72
142
T29
Marcus Armitage
1
74
69
143
T29
Dean Burmester
1
72
71
143
T29
Jorge Campillo
1
75
68
143
T29
Nicolas Colsaerts
1
71
72
143
T29
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
1
73
70
143
T29
Craig Howie
1
74
69
143
T29
Daan Huizing
1
70
73
143
T29
Oscar Lengden
1
72
71
143
T29
Lorenzo Scalise
1
72
71
143
T29
Callum Shinkwin
1
68
75
143
T39
Wil Besseling
2
73
71
144
T39
Aaron Cockerill
2
73
71
144
T39
Louis De Jager
2
70
74
144
T39
Oliver Fisher
2
71
73
144
T39
Ryan Fox
2
70
74
144
T39
Gavin Kyle Green
2
73
71
144
T39
Calum Hill
2
73
71
144
T39
Sam Horsfield
2
73
71
144
T39
Andrew Johnston
2
73
71
144
T39
Masahiro Kawamura
2
74
70
144
T39
Maximilian Kieffer
2
71
73
144
T39
Jake McLeod
2
73
71
144
T39
Jason Scrivener
2
70
74
144
T39
Jack Senior
2
73
71
144
T39
Cormac Sharvin
2
73
71
144
T39
Marcel Siem
2
70
74
144
T39
Lee Slattery
2
78
66
144
T39
Steven Tiley
2
71
73
144
T39
Dale Whitnell
2
73
71
144
T58
Sean Crocker
3
74
71
145
T58
Niklas Lemke
3
73
72
145
T58
Richard McEvoy
3
71
74
145
T58
James Morrison
3
73
72
145
T58
Richie Ramsay
3
73
72
145
T58
Daniel Young (a)
3
73
72
145
T65
Matthew Baldwin
4
74
72
146
T65
Jonathan Caldwell
4
72
74
146
T65
Paul Dunne
4
74
72
146
T65
Anton Karlsson
4
77
69
146
T65
David Law
4
71
75
146
T65
Zander Lombard
4
77
69
146
T65
Robert MacIntyre
4
68
78
146
T65
Chris Paisley
4
72
74
146
T65
Damien Perrier
4
71
75
146
T65
Clement Sordet
4
72
74
146
T65
Scott Vincent
4
75
71
146
T65
Darius van Driel
4
75
71
146
T65
Lars van Meijel
4
72
74
146
T78
Alejandro Cañizares
5
73
74
147
T78
Rhys Enoch
5
75
72
147
T78
Ross Fisher
5
74
73
147
T78
Grant Forrest
5
75
72
147
T78
Lorenzo Gagli
5
76
71
147
T78
Joachim B. Hansen
5
73
74
147
T78
Jacques Kruyswijk
5
71
76
147
T78
Gavin Moynihan
5
77
70
147
T78
Benjamin Poke
5
74
73
147
T78
Joel Sjoholm
5
74
73
147
T78
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
5
77
70
147
T78
Justin Walters
5
75
72
147
T78
Jeff Winther
5
75
72
147
T91
Alexander Björk
6
77
71
148
T91
Philip Eriksson
6
73
75
148
T91
Oliver Farr
6
72
76
148
T91
Ross McGowan
6
73
75
148
T91
Martin Simonsen
6
70
78
148
T91
Julian Suri
6
73
75
148
T97
John Catlin
7
73
76
149
T97
Guido Migliozzi
7
74
75
149
T97
Phillip Price
7
76
73
149
T97
Tapio Pulkkanen
7
71
78
149
T101
Adri Arnaus
8
73
77
150
T101
Lucas Bjerregaard
8
72
78
150
T101
Bryce Easton
8
73
77
150
T101
Ewen Ferguson
8
72
78
150
T101
Hurly Long (a)
8
76
74
150
T101
Shubhankar Sharma
8
74
76
150
T107
Thomas Bjørn
9
75
76
151
T107
Ben Evans
9
71
80
151
T107
Nicolai Højgaard
9
74
77
151
T107
Eddie Pepperell
9
74
77
151
T107
Carlos Pigem
9
73
78
151
T107
Min Woo Lee
9
77
74
151
T113
Ugo Coussaud
10
80
72
152
T113
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
10
74
78
152
T113
Shiv Kapur
10
79
73
152
T113
Wilco Nienaber
10
76
76
152
T113
JC Ritchie
10
74
78
152
118
Francesco Laporta
11
75
78
153
T119
Grégory Bourdy
12
74
80
154
T119
Michael Campbell
12
73
81
154
T119
Stephen Gallacher
12
77
77
154
T119
Jbe Kruger
12
75
79
154
T119
Zach Murray
12
77
77
154
124
Tom Gandy
14
77
79
156
125
Graeme Storm
15
80
77
157
WD
Bernd Ritthammer
3
75
70
145
WD
Oliver Wilson
7
78
78
WD
Mark Pilkington
12
83
83
WD
Andrea Pavan
5
76
76
WD
Mikko Korhonen
4
75
75
WD
Haydn Porteous
8
74
74
WD
Kristoffer Reitan
18
82
82