Italian Open R2

Canter maintains advantage

October 22-25
Chervò Golf Club, San Vigilio di Pozzolengo, Brescia, Italy
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Italian Open 2020 R2 - Canter maintains advantage
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Laurie Canter followed up his incredible first round of 60 at the Italian Open with a four under par 68 to take a two shot lead going into the weekend at Chervò Golf Club.


The Englishman picked up where he left off after Thursday’s 12 under par effort as he aims to secure his first European Tour victory, racing to three under through his first four holes. His pace slowed on the back nine after he dropped his first shot of the week on the par five 11th , but his fifth birdie of the day on the last took him to 16 under par and two shots clear of countryman Ross McGowan.



“I started off really nicely, picked up where I left off yesterday,” said Canter. “Got myself three under early and had a couple more chances. Front nine was really good. Then just made a bit of a poor swing at 11 and ended up making a bogey. Obviously on a par five around here you usually get a great chance to make a birdie. That set me back a bit. I hung in there. I didn’t play my best on the back nine, so actually level par for four under is a good effort. If you’re going to be there on Sunday late, it can feel like four long days if you get ramped up early. Tried to just stay chilled out and go through the same process I was going through yesterday. 

“Just more of the same definitely tomorrow. I don’t think anything needs to change. You can’t take your foot off around here; the scoring is going to be good. A lot of good players stacked up behind. I’ve got to go out and do what I’m doing and hopefully give myself a really good chance on Sunday.”


McGowan carded a bogey-free round of 64 to keep Canter in his sights as he bids to lift a European Tour trophy for the first time since the 2009 Madrid Masters.

“The putter has been pretty hot. The greens are good and the ball is going in, which is a good start. My driving hasn’t been great – it’s not a course that emphasises that – but I’m going to try and improve that for the weekend.

“It’s just the putter this week. I made a lot of cuts in the UK Swing and a couple of events after that, I just couldn’t get the putter going. The last two days, we’ve holed a lot of them.



“I think that’s key. Missing greens in the right places as well, there’s a couple of sneaky slopes and the pins close to the edges, if you short-side yourself, you’re going to struggle. On the whole, miss it in the right place and hole the putts.”

South African Dean Burmester is two shots further back on 12 under par, with Dane Joachim B. Hansen recovering from a double bogey on the fifth to sign for a 69 and get to 11 under par. His countryman Nicolai Højgaard is at ten under par alongside Frenchman Robin Roussel and last week’s Scottish Championship presented by AXA winner Adrian Otaegui of Spain.

“It was a little misty, a little cooler, not much wind so it’s still there for the taking,” said Burmester. “I think there’ll be some guys with some good scoring this afternoon. The greens are great and the course is pretty soft. I was a little disappointing with two bogeys today, but other than that I’m happy with the way it’s going.



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“I just keep telling myself to let loose. Don’t have any control, stay in the moment and what happens happens. If I hit a putt and it goes in, it goes in, if you hit a bad shot, so be it, that’s the way it goes. Hopefully I can do that again this weekend, it’s paying dividends and showing because I’m playing quite nicely. If I can keep that up, I’ll be alright.”

Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger and two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer are then amongst a group of ten players on nine under par. Dutchman Lars van Meijel will return tomorrow morning to complete his second round due to darkness. Round three will start after 8:30am local time in three balls from the first tee.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Laurie Canter
-16
60
68
128
2
Ross McGowan
-14
66
64
130
3
Dean Burmester
-12
64
68
132
4
Joachim B. Hansen
-11
64
69
133
T5
Nicolai Højgaard
-10
67
67
134
T5
Adrian Otaegui
-10
67
67
134
T5
Robin Roussel
-10
66
68
134
T8
Adri Arnaus
-9
65
70
135
T8
Richard Bland
-9
65
70
135
T8
Jonathan Caldwell
-9
67
68
135
T8
Nicolas Colsaerts
-9
68
67
135
T8
Sebastian Heisele
-9
68
67
135
T8
Martin Kaymer
-9
69
66
135
T8
Matthieu Pavon
-9
70
65
135
T8
Tapio Pulkkanen
-9
67
68
135
T8
Bernd Wiesberger
-9
67
68
135
T8
Darius van Driel
-9
71
64
135
T18
Wil Besseling
-8
65
71
136
T18
Yikeun Chang
-8
70
66
136
T18
Dave Coupland
-8
69
67
136
T18
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
-8
68
68
136
T18
Louis De Jager
-8
68
68
136
T18
David Horsey
-8
69
67
136
T18
Oscar Lengden
-8
65
71
136
T18
Joost Luiten
-8
70
66
136
T18
Chris Paisley
-8
69
67
136
T18
Damien Perrier
-8
65
71
136
T18
Kristoffer Reitan
-8
66
70
136
T18
Lorenzo Scalise
-8
67
69
136
T18
Matt Wallace
-8
68
68
136
T31
Maverick Antcliff
-7
70
67
137
T31
Marcus Armitage
-7
67
70
137
T31
Gaganjeet Bhullar
-7
68
69
137
T31
Jamie Donaldson
-7
68
69
137
T31
Bryce Easton
-7
68
69
137
T31
Jens Fahrbring
-7
70
67
137
T31
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-7
68
69
137
T31
Scott Jamieson
-7
68
69
137
T31
Niklas Lemke
-7
66
71
137
T31
Guido Migliozzi
-7
68
69
137
T31
Julien Quesne
-7
66
71
137
T31
Toby Tree
-7
68
69
137
T31
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
-7
69
68
137
T31
Marc Warren
-7
69
68
137
T45
Matthew Jordan
-6
66
72
138
T45
Francesco Laporta
-6
68
70
138
T45
Hurly Long (a)
-6
69
69
138
T45
Adrian Meronk
-6
67
71
138
T45
Jack Senior
-6
66
72
138
T45
Cormac Sharvin
-6
69
69
138
T45
Joel Sjoholm
-6
68
70
138
T45
Dale Whitnell
-6
68
70
138
T45
Daniel Young (a)
-6
68
70
138
T54
Jorge Campillo
-5
68
71
139
T54
Aaron Cockerill
-5
67
72
139
T54
Lorenzo Gagli
-5
70
69
139
T54
Antoine Rozner
-5
68
71
139
T54
Marcel Schneider
-5
69
70
139
T54
Joël Stalter
-5
73
66
139
T54
Steven Tiley
-5
68
71
139
T54
Lee Westwood
-5
72
67
139
T62
Eduardo De la Riva
-4
68
72
140
T62
Federico Maccario
-4
70
70
140
T62
Renato Paratore
-4
71
69
140
T62
Matthias Schwab
-4
72
68
140
T62
Johannes Veerman
-4
70
70
140
T62
Lars van Meijel
-4
70
70
T68
Nino Bertasio
-3
70
71
141
T68
Alejandro Cañizares
-3
69
72
141
T68
Enrico Di Nitto
-3
72
69
141
T68
David Drysdale
-3
69
72
141
T68
Ben Evans
-3
70
71
141
T68
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
-3
67
74
141
T68
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-3
72
69
141
T68
Daan Huizing
-3
70
71
141
T68
Liam Johnston
-3
69
72
141
T68
Gavin Moynihan
-3
72
69
141
T68
Victor Perez
-3
67
74
141
T68
Andrea Romano (a)
-3
72
69
141
T68
Adrien Saddier
-3
68
73
141
T68
Ashun Wu
-3
69
72
141
T82
Rikard Karlberg
-2
72
70
142
T82
Stefano Mazzoli (a)
-2
67
75
142
T82
Edoardo Molinari
-2
68
74
142
T82
Justin Walters
-2
70
72
142
T86
Steven Brown
-1
71
72
143
T86
Pedro Figueiredo
-1
74
69
143
T86
Tom Gandy
-1
70
73
143
T86
Thorbjørn Olesen
-1
69
74
143
T86
Alvaro Quiros
-1
69
74
143
T86
Ricardo Santos
-1
73
70
143
T86
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-1
72
71
143
T86
Jason Scrivener
-1
71
72
143
T94
Filippo Bergamaschi
E
70
74
144
T94
Giulio Castagnara
E
74
70
144
T94
S.S.p. Chawrasia
E
74
70
144
T94
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
E
71
73
144
T94
Craig Howie
E
76
68
144
T94
Matteo Manassero
E
71
73
144
T94
Andrea Saracino
E
70
74
144
T94
Romain Wattel
E
71
73
144
T102
Wade Ormsby
1
71
74
145
T102
Carlos Pigem
1
75
70
145
T102
Scott Vincent
1
75
70
145
105
Clement Sordet
2
69
77
146
T106
Wilco Nienaber
3
73
74
147
T106
JC Ritchie
3
75
72
147
T106
Jordan Smith
3
74
73
147
T109
Matthew Baldwin
4
77
71
148
T109
Benjamin Poke
4
80
68
148
T109
Aron Zemmer
4
72
76
148
112
Tommaso Perrino
7
75
76
151
113
Raphael Jacquelin
8
75
75
WD
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
2
74
74