KPMG Trophy R2

Senior still surging

August 29 – September 01
Millennium Golf, Paal, Beringen, Belgium
€185,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


For the second time in the last three weeks, Jack Senior finds himself on top of a leaderboard after opening the KPMG Trophy with rounds of 63-66 to take a one-shot lead on 13 under par.

KPMG Trophy R2 - Senior still surging
Credit: golfsupport.nl

Through the first two days, the Englishman has carded 16 birdies against only three bogeys and is displaying the form which earned him a second-career European Challenge Tour victory only two weeks ago.

Senior then backed up the win with a top 15 finish in last week’s Rolex Trophy and through the first 36-holes at Millennium Golf, things have continued to go his way.

“I had two chip-ins, back-to-back at six and seven and then drove the green and made birdie at eight,” he said. “I think when you start to see them go in, it’s funny because you could stand there and hit good putts and not really hole anything and your confidence starts to drain away a little bit, but I feel over the last couple of weeks I felt like I rolled the ball well.”

The 31-year-old has been a consistent performer on the European Challenge Tour over the past six-seasons, but sitting in 11th on the Road to Mallorca Rankings, he has played his way into the coveted top-15, and a strong result in Belgium could further bolster his chances of graduating to the European Tour at the end of the season.


“I had my girlfriend on the bag the last couple of weeks,” he said. “I think it just helps having someone there by your side at times, who knows you really well and knows what to say at the right times.

“Although she’s not here this week, it’s a bit of a continuation on how things have been going. I just feel confident on the greens and confident with the putter at the minute. How long that will last nobody knows, so I’ve just got to go out tomorrow with the same attitude and see where we end up.”

Victory at the KPMG Trophy will not come easily, as 29 players sit within five strokes of the lead at the halfway point.

The chasing pack is led by a European Tour winner in Ross McGowan and Sebastian Heisele, who fired a ten under par 61 on day one, which still stands as the low-round of the week.

Home-favourite Christopher Mivis—who grew up playing Millennium Golf with friend and fellow-countryman Thomas Pieters—opened the KPMG Trophy with a pair of 67s to hold low-Belgian honours through the first two rounds.

In total, 74 players survived the cut, which fell on five under par. The 137 strokes or fewer needed to advance to the weekend marked the lowest cut, in terms of cumulative score, this season on the Challenge Tour.

Day three of the KPMG Trophy begins tomorrow at 8:20 am local time with the lead group of Senior, McGowan and Heisele set to go at 12:40 pm.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
SENIOR, Jack
-13
63
66
129
2
McGOWAN, Ross
-12
64
66
130
HEISELE, Sebastian
-12
61
69
130
4
MRUZEK, Filip
-11
63
68
131
STOW, Ben
-11
64
67
131
EASTON, Bryce
-11
64
67
131
MANSELL, Richard
-11
66
65
131
8
CANTER, Laurie
-10
65
67
132
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
-10
64
68
132
KUNZENBACHER, Julian
-10
67
65
132
11
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
-9
64
69
133
KO (AM), Jeong weon
-9
68
65
133
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
-9
64
69
133
KIM, Minkyu
-9
68
65
133
DAWSON, Robin
-9
65
68
133
MCBRIDE, Paul
-9
68
65
133
LACROIX, Frederic
-9
67
66
133
18
WHITNELL, Dale
-8
70
64
134
OLSEN, Aksel
-8
67
67
134
SIMONSEN, Martin
-8
69
65
134
SIEM, Marcel
-8
65
69
134
HUIZING, Daan
-8
65
69
134
MIVIS, Christopher
-8
67
67
134
KÖLBING, Jonas
-8
66
68
134
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
-8
67
67
134
PIGEM, Carlos
-8
69
65
134
FREIBURGHAUS, Jeremy
-8
64
70
134
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
-8
66
68
134
DEL VAL, Samuel
-8
68
66
134
30
LOPES, Vitor
-7
66
69
135
PERRIER, Damien
-7
71
64
135
ORRIN, Max
-7
68
67
135
SANTOS SILVA, Tomas
-7
69
66
135
QUESNE, Julien
-7
67
68
135
SANTOS, Ricardo
-7
66
69
135
HENRY, Scott
-7
66
69
135
FOOS, Dominic
-7
69
66
135
GANE, Chris
-7
66
69
135
EDBERG, Pelle
-7
68
67
135
ROUSSEL, Robin
-7
62
73
135
FERNANDEZ, Scott
-7
65
70
135
LINARD, Thomas
-7
67
68
135
LAMPERT, Moritz
-7
69
66
135
POKE, Benjamin
-7
68
67
135
GEYGER, Nico
-7
71
64
135
CLEMENTS, Todd
-7
69
66
135
47
HIDALGO, Angel
-6
66
70
136
ROSS, Craig
-6
69
67
136
BERARDO, Clément
-6
68
68
136
BOOTE, David
-6
68
68
136
ANGLES, Pep
-6
70
66
136
MATUS, Stanislav
-6
68
68
136
VEYRET, Victor
-6
65
71
136
BAEK, Peter Launer
-6
67
69
136
GROS, Sébastien
-6
69
67
136
TINNING, Nicolai
-6
69
67
136
EROFEJEFF, Peter
-6
68
68
136
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
-6
68
68
136
KRISTJANSSON, Gudmundur
-6
63
73
136
60
KAKKO, Roope
-5
70
67
137
HIGGO, Garrick
-5
72
65
137
WIEGELE, Martin
-5
66
71
137
KARLBERG, Rikard
-5
70
67
137
BENSON, Seve
-5
67
70
137
GLENNEMO, Jacob
-5
70
67
137
HELLIGKILDE, Marcus
-5
65
72
137
BEKKER, Oliver
-5
70
67
137
BALDWIN, Matthew
-5
68
69
137
MERONK, Adrian
-5
72
65
137
SJÖHOLM, Joel
-5
65
72
137
BESSELING, Wil
-5
66
71
137
FRITSCH, Florian
-5
68
69
137
DE WOUTERS (AM), Jean
-5
67
70
137
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
-5
69
68
137
75
SARACINO, Andrea
-4
67
71
138
STUREHED, Henric
-4
72
66
138
FARR, Oliver
-4
69
69
138
TILEY, Steven
-4
69
69
138
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-4
69
69
138
COUPLAND, Dave
-4
68
70
138
MAZZOLI, Stefano
-4
68
70
138
JOHANSSON, Niclas
-4
74
64
138
BRUN, Julien
-4
69
69
138
COHEN, Perry
-4
70
68
138
FENASSE, Mathieu
-4
67
71
138
GEARY, Josh
-4
69
69
138
JOANNES, Hugues
-4
70
68
138
88
MACCARIO, Federico
-3
70
69
139
KORINEK, Ales
-3
69
70
139
BRAEUNIG, Christian
-3
67
72
139
FORD, Matt
-3
70
69
139
ARIZABALETA, Alvaro
-3
69
70
139
WIDEGREN, Pontus
-3
67
72
139
SAHLSTROM, Christopher
-3
71
68
139
ECCLES, Ben
-3
72
67
139
LLOYD, Chris
-3
71
68
139
DEAN, Joe
-3
70
69
139
ELVIRA, Manuel
-3
69
70
139
99
HAVRET, Grégory
-2
67
73
140
FERGUSON, Ewen
-2
68
72
140
TARRIO BEN, Santiago
-2
69
71
140
WRISDALE, Jordan
-2
70
70
140
ITEN, Marco
-2
69
71
140
MADDY, Paul
-2
70
70
140
HESBOIS, Kevin
-2
71
69
140
DE BONDT, Alan
-2
70
70
140
MCLEARY, Jamie
-2
70
70
140
MCCARTHY, Nick
-2
68
72
140
SAXTON, Reinier
-2
70
70
140
110
MEDALE, Franck
-1
70
71
141
Hundebøll JØRGENSEN, Oliver
-1
73
68
141
ABBOTT, Jamie
-1
71
70
141
VAN DOREN, Yente
-1
71
70
141
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-1
71
70
141
ROZNER, Antoine
-1
67
74
141
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-1
69
72
141
ROBB, Chris
-1
69
72
141
STAL, Gary
-1
71
70
141
VANHOOTEGEM, Nicolas
-1
71
70
141
CARON, Rowin
-1
72
69
141
121
VAN WEST, Robbie
Par
68
74
142
GRADECKI, Mateusz
Par
71
71
142
YOUNG, Mark
Par
71
71
142
VIRTO, Borja
Par
73
69
142
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
Par
70
72
142
HOWIE, Craig
Par
71
71
142
MEJOW, Philipp
Par
73
69
142
GAL, Petr
Par
68
74
142
ZACH, Šimon
Par
70
72
142
NEIL, Bradley
Par
72
70
142
VALASEK, Peter
Par
70
72
142
132
IM, Daniel
1
77
66
143
MANASSERO, Matteo
1
69
74
143
WEYDTS CAESENS, Gaetan
1
71
72
143
SPOONER, Billy
1
72
71
143
LAFEBER, Maarten
1
68
75
143
137
ERIKSSON, Martin
2
70
74
144
COHEN-BOYER, Louis
2
71
73
144
SYME, Connor
2
72
72
144
WATREMEZ, Guillaume
2
70
74
144
141
FORD, Charlie
3
74
71
145
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
3
71
74
145
TOLLENAIRE (AM), Jarno
3
69
76
145
BUIJS, Lars
3
71
74
145
PIAGET, Sandro
3
70
75
145
GASPAR, Miguel
3
73
72
145
147
LEYS, Thibaut
4
74
72
146
148
MOHR, Marcus
5
72
75
147
149
WITTMANN, Sebastian
6
75
73
148
HURLEY, Gary
6
73
75
148
GALAND (AM), Arnaud
6
73
75
148
152
RIU, Victor
7
77
72
149
GRANT, Stephen
7
74
75
149
154
DE SCHUTTER (AM), Anthony
9
80
71
151
155
OLIVIERS (AM), Gaspard
10
75
77
152
156
FENTEN, Michael
11
74
79
153
157
WAHBI (AM), Adem
12
78
76
154
158
KEMALOGLU, Ediz
13
79
76
155