Italian Challenge Open Eneos Motor Oil R2

Rozner races to the top in Italy

June 27-30
Terre dei Consoli Golf Club, Monterosi, Italy
€300,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

Antoine Rozner holds a two shot lead at the halfway stage of the Italian Challenge Open Eneos Motor Oil after carding a bogey free round of 66, six under par, at Terre dei Consoli Golf Club.

Italian Challenge Open R2 - Rozner races to the top in Italy
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Rozner, who has won twice this season at the Challenge de España and Prague Golf Challenge, put himself in pole position for his third European Challenge Tour title of the campaign to earn automatic promotion to the European Tour, after following up his opening round of 68 with another sub-70 score to move ahead of the field.

The Frenchman made seven consecutive pars to begin his second round before holing back-to-back birdie putts ahead of the turn. His consistency continued on the back nine with a further gain on the tenth hole and two more on the 13th and 14th to break away from the chasing pack before extending his lead with a final birdie of the round on the last.

With two rounds to play, Rozner is in prime position to seal a third victory and a life changing European Tour card. However, the two-time Challenge Tour winner is determined to focus on the 36 holes in front of him after an impressive day with his short game.


“I’m not thinking about everything that might happen if I win and I don’t really want to hear about it yet,” he said. “I just want to play well and focus on that, and then we’ll see what happens at the end. I’m just trying to have a good tournament.

“There wasn’t a lot of wind this morning, so I was able to take advantage of that, but I didn’t hit the ball very well and it was my short game that saved me. I made a lot of up and downs, maybe a 100 per cent in up and downs today, which is a first for me.

“My putter really saved me as well. I made a bunch of putts from between ten to 20 foot. Hopefully, I can continue that going into the weekend. It’s a great day today and I couldn’t have done any better.”

Two shots behind the Frenchman is a chasing pack of five players, including Australian Ben Eccles, Nicolai Højgaard of Denmark, England’s Matthew Jordan and day one leaders Bryce Easton and Carlos Pigem, who both carded rounds of 70, two under par.

Lorenzo Scalise leads the home charge and sits four shots behind the Frenchman after signing for a round of 71, one under par.

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Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
ROZNER, Antoine
-10
68
66
134
2
HØJGAARD, Nicolai
-8
67
69
136
ECCLES, Ben
-8
68
68
136
PIGEM, Carlos
-8
66
70
136
JORDAN, Matthew
-8
69
67
136
EASTON, Bryce
-8
66
70
136
7
FARR, Oliver
-6
68
70
138
SCALISE, Lorenzo
-6
67
71
138
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
-6
69
69
138
LIMA, José-Filipe
-6
70
68
138
SYME, Connor
-6
68
70
138
FENASSE, Mathieu
-6
69
69
138
13
BESSELING, Wil
-5
68
71
139
BENSON, Seve
-5
71
68
139
McGOWAN, Ross
-5
69
70
139
HAVRET, Grégory
-5
71
68
139
17
ZUNIC, Jordan
-4
67
73
140
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
-4
70
70
140
AGUILAR, Felipe
-4
67
73
140
LIPPARELLI, Edoardo Raffaele
-4
72
68
140
HIDALGO, Angel
-4
71
69
140
LENGDEN, Oscar
-4
71
69
140
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
-4
73
67
140
GLENNEMO, Jacob
-4
68
72
140
DI NITTO, Enrico
-4
69
71
140
MRUZEK, Filip
-4
71
69
140
27
FOOS, Dominic
-3
75
66
141
BOOTE, David
-3
71
70
141
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-3
70
71
141
STEWART, Duncan
-3
70
71
141
EVANS, Ryan
-3
73
68
141
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-3
71
70
141
SIEM, Marcel
-3
70
71
141
NEMECZ, Lukas
-3
70
71
141
DUBOIS, Edouard
-3
71
70
141
36
GRADECKI, Mateusz
-2
71
71
142
DAWSON, Robin
-2
71
71
142
LINARD, Thomas
-2
71
71
142
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-2
73
69
142
PETROZZI, Gian-Marco
-2
73
69
142
PERRIER, Damien
-2
71
71
142
GALIANO AGUILAR, Mario
-2
70
72
142
BOURDY, Grégory
-2
71
71
142
MIVIS, Christopher
-2
72
70
142
FERGUSON, Ewen
-2
75
67
142
STOW, Ben
-2
74
68
142
SAXTON, Reinier
-2
74
68
142
MERONK, Adrian
-2
72
70
142
ROMANO (AM), Andrea
-2
71
71
142
50
SERGHINI, Faycal
-1
70
73
143
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
-1
71
72
143
GEARY, Josh
-1
73
70
143
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-1
72
71
143
CANTER, Laurie
-1
70
73
143
SCHWARTZ, Antoine
-1
71
72
143
ELVIRA, Manuel
-1
71
72
143
SIMONSEN, Martin
-1
73
70
143
LAPORTA, Francesco
-1
71
72
143
TREE, Toby
-1
74
69
143
COUPLAND, Dave
-1
71
72
143
STUREHED, Henric
-1
73
70
143
62
KEYSER, Mathiam
Par
75
69
144
CAFOUREK, Jan
Par
78
66
144
ZUCCHETTI, Federico
Par
74
70
144
LLOYD, Chris
Par
72
72
144
HANSON, Chris
Par
71
73
144
ROUSSEL, Robin
Par
71
73
144
SHARVIN, Cormac
Par
74
70
144
KÖLBING, Jonas
Par
78
66
144
VIRTO, Borja
Par
74
70
144
JOANNES, Hugues
Par
72
72
144
SARACINO, Andrea
Par
73
71
144
JENSEN, Lasse
Par
72
72
144
IM, Daniel
Par
70
74
144
COCKERILL, Aaron
Par
74
70
144
MACCARIO, Federico
Par
68
76
144
ARMITAGE, Marcus
Par
72
72
144
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
Par
74
70
144
79
POKE, Benjamin
1
74
71
145
SANTOS SILVA, Tomas
1
70
75
145
MATUS, Stanislav
1
75
70
145
SANTOS, Ricardo
1
74
71
145
GROS, Sébastien
1
76
69
145
YOUNG, Mark
1
74
71
145
LAFEBER, Maarten
1
74
71
145
FERNANDEZ, Scott
1
73
72
145
COHEN-BOYER, Louis
1
73
72
145
RIU, Victor
1
73
72
145
DEL MORAL, Carlos
1
77
68
145
HILL, Calum
1
74
71
145
KIM, Minkyu
1
69
76
145
92
ABBOTT, Jamie
2
75
71
146
EGGENBERGER, Mathias
2
74
72
146
CRUZ, Tiago
2
72
74
146
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
2
73
73
146
MAZZOLI (AM), Stefano
2
76
70
146
HENRY, Scott
2
69
77
146
HEISELE, Sebastian
2
73
73
146
STALTER, Joël
2
70
76
146
TINNING, Nicolai
2
74
72
146
KNAPPE, Alexander
2
72
74
146
TILEY, Steven
2
75
71
146
103
LINDELL, Oliver
3
79
68
147
ENOCH, Rhys
3
74
73
147
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
3
75
72
147
HOWIE, Craig
3
71
76
147
ROBB, Chris
3
76
71
147
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
3
70
77
147
DEAN, Joe
3
75
72
147
CHO, Rak hyun
3
71
76
147
SJÖHOLM, Joel
3
72
75
147
112
GAL, Petr
4
76
72
148
QUESNE, Julien
4
78
70
148
ROSS, Craig
4
77
71
148
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
4
78
70
148
116
AHOKAS, Antti
5
77
72
149
COUSSAUD, Ugo
5
71
78
149
FORD, Matt
5
75
74
149
GALLIANO, Luca
5
75
74
149
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
5
73
76
149
GLOET, Christian
5
76
73
149
LAMPERT, Moritz
5
73
76
149
PORTEOUS, Garrick
5
76
73
149
124
CEA, Michele
6
79
71
150
HESBOIS, Kevin
6
76
74
150
PEACOCK, Daniel
6
75
75
150
NEIL, Bradley
6
76
74
150
PIAGET, Sandro
6
72
78
150
ITEN, Marco
6
73
77
150
130
ACIKALIN (AM), Leon
7
72
79
151
STAL, Gary
7
73
78
151
TRAPPEL, Manuel
7
72
79
151
BALDWIN, Matthew
7
74
77
151
MCCARTHY, Nick
7
72
79
151
WIEGELE, Martin
7
74
77
151
MEJOW, Philipp
7
74
77
151
137
HUIZING, Daan
8
78
74
152
BERARDO, Clément
8
79
73
152
MADDY, Paul
8
76
76
152
140
GREGORY, Scott
9
75
78
153
THOMSON, Jonathan
9
75
78
153
SPOONER, Billy
9
76
77
153
HELLIGKILDE, Marcus
9
71
82
153
LGUIRATI, Ayoub
9
73
80
153
145
HURLEY, Gary
10
77
77
154
146
BRUN, Julien
11
75
80
155
BRAEUNIG, Christian
11
75
80
155
GEYGER, Nico
11
78
77
155
149
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
12
80
76
156
FORD, Charlie
12
79
77
156
151
CIANCHETTI, Luca
15
80
79
159
152
KAPLAN (AM), Orkunhan
20
76
88
164
W/D
OLSEN, Aksel
9
81
W/D
NILEHN, Fredrik
7
79
W/D
DAYDOU, Alexandre
11
83
RETD
KOEPKA, Chase
9
76