Murhof Legends - Austrian Senior Open R2

Coceres in control at Golfclub Murhof

September 27-29
Golfclub Murhof, Frohnleiten, Austria
€250,000
Round 1, Round 3

Austrian Senior Open R2 - Coceres in control at Golfclub Murhof
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José Coceres will go for his second win on the Staysure Tour this season as he takes a six-shot lead into the final round of the Murhof Legends – Austrian Senior Open.

The Argentinian fired a sensational round of ten under par 62 on moving day in Austria as he went bogey-free around Golfclub Murhof.

“That was one of the best rounds of my life,” Coceres said. “I played very good in the pro-am, and I played very good yesterday, even though I three putted two greens, but today was special, it was nearly perfect.”

The 56-year-old collected his first-career Staysure Tour win back in July when he triumphed at the Swiss Seniors Open, which came on the back of a strong start to the season highlighted by a tied-fourth place finish at the Jordan Mixed Open presented by Ayla—where he was the low-Staysure Tour player— and a third place finish in the Senior Italian Open.


Despite the growing list of accomplishments, Coceres is still hard at work and was quick to credit the efforts of his coach Chino Fernandez, when asked what the key to today’s performance was.

“I practiced hard on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, I talked a lot with my coach on the phone, and we checked my swing and it really helped me play well,” he said.

Currently occupying the fifth position on the Staysure Tour Order of Merit, a win tomorrow could move Coceres near the top of the rankings, but the two-time European Tour winner knows full-well that his sizeable lead will still require a strong final round if he is to be crowned the inaugural champion of the Murhof Legends – Austrian Senior Open.

“At this moment I’m very happy about my round today, especially since I was able to have my son caddying for me—it doesn’t always happen like that,” he said.

“As for tomorrow, I’m just going to try to play my tee shot, hit the green with my second shot and do that for all 18 holes.”

Leading the charge to catch Coceres are a trio of players including his fellow countryman Rafael Gomez, and a pair of former Ryder Cup winners, Thomas Levet of France and Welshman Phillip Price.

First round leader Stephen Dodd sits a shot further back on nine under par, while four players, including Major Champion Paul Lawrie, Spain’s Miguel Angel Martin, Jarmo Sandelin of Sweden and this week’s Castle Shot Challenge winner, South African James Kingston are on eight under par.

The final round of the Murhof Legends – Austrian Senior Open is set to begin tomorrow at 8:00 am local time, with the final group of Coceres, Price and Levet teeing off at 11:09 am.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
COCERES José
ARG
-16
66
62
128
2
GOMEZ Rafael
ARG
-10
66
68
134
2
LEVET Thomas
FRA
-10
66
68
134
2
PRICE Phillip
WAL
-10
67
67
134
5
DODD Stephen
WAL
-9
64
71
135
6
KINGSTON James
RSA
-8
69
67
136
6
LAWRIE Paul
SCO
-8
70
66
136
6
MARTIN Miguel Angel
ESP
-8
68
68
136
6
SANDELIN Jarmo
SWE
-8
66
70
136
10
GOLDING Philip
ENG
-7
67
70
137
10
LANE Barry
ENG
-7
67
70
137
12
GILFORD David
ENG
-6
68
70
138
12
LUNA Santiago
ESP
-6
70
68
138
12
SHACKLADY David
ENG
-6
68
70
138
15
ATLEVI Magnus P
SWE
-5
71
68
139
15
EVANS Gary
ENG
-5
65
74
139
15
MOLINA Mauricio
ARG
-5
67
72
139
18
DENNIS Clark
USA
-4
71
69
140
18
FOWLER Peter
AUS
-4
69
71
140
18
OLDCORN Andrew
SCO
-4
71
69
140
18
REMESY Jean-François
FRA
-4
67
73
140
22
BOSSERT André
SUI
-3
71
70
141
22
CARRILES José Manuel
ESP
-3
66
75
141
22
FARRY Marc
FRA
-3
70
71
141
22
WESSELINGH Paul
ENG
-3
68
73
141
26
BRIER Markus
AUT
-2
71
71
142
26
HAEGGMAN Joakim
SWE
-2
72
70
142
26
QUIROS Juan
ESP
-2
70
72
142
26
WOLSTENHOLME Gary
ENG
-2
71
71
142
30
CHAPMAN Roger
ENG
-1
65
78
143
30
JOB Nick
ENG
-1
72
71
143
30
LOMAS Jonathan
ENG
-1
71
72
143
30
MOULAND Mark
WAL
-1
71
72
143
30
SHERBORNE Andrew
ENG
-1
72
71
143
30
TINNING Steen
DEN
-1
71
72
143
36
MANSON Gordon
AUT
0
70
74
144
36
RICHARDSON Steven
ENG
0
72
72
144
36
STREETER Paul
ENG
0
70
74
144
39
DAVIS Mark
ENG
1
69
76
145
39
OLSEN Dan
USA
1
73
72
145
39
SUNESON Carl
ESP
1
71
74
145
39
THELEN Tim
USA
1
70
75
145
39
WILLIAMS Chris
RSA
1
70
75
145
39
WILSON Peter
ENG
1
73
72
145
45
EALES Paul
ENG
2
71
75
146
45
LITTLE Stuart
ENG
2
72
74
146
47
MACKENZIE Malcolm
ENG
3
73
74
147
48
BROWN Simon P
ENG
4
77
71
148
48
LONGMUIR Bill
SCO
4
72
76
148
48
WHARTON Mark
ENG
4
74
74
148
51
EMERSON Gary
ENG
5
72
77
149
51
WALTON Philip
IRL
5
73
76
149
53
GRENIER Claude
AUT
6
74
76
150
54
BAUER (AM) Charly
AUT
8
72
80
152
55
ROCCA Costantino
ITA
13
78
79
157
56
AUSTIN Richard
ENG
19
80
83
163