Oman Open R2

Gallacher and Hojgaard share halfway lead

February 27- March 01
Al Mouj Golf, Muscat, Oman
$1,750,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher claimed a share of the halfway lead in the Oman Open as he seeks a third European Tour victory in the Middle East.

Oman Open R2 - Gallacher and Hojgaard share halfway lead
Rasmus Hojgaard at the Dubai Desert Classic. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Gallacher, who won back-to-back Dubai Desert Classic titles in 2013 and 2014, carded a bogey-free 67 at Al Mouj Golf Club to join Denmark’s Rasmus Hojgaard on top of the leaderboard on nine under par.


Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts and Finland’s Kalle Samooja are a shot off the lead, with the English duo of Robert Rock and Richard McEvoy part of a five-strong group two strokes further back on six under.

“It’s a good spot to be,” former Ryder Cup player Gallacher admitted. “But there’s still a lot of golf to be played. My aim will be to do the same things I’ve been doing.


“It’s supposed to get windy at the weekend and I’ll go and relax now and try and save my energy for that.”

Although Gallacher claimed his first victory for five years in last season’s Indian Open, he missed 16 cuts in 22 events and started 2020 with two more before a closing 66 in the Saudi International gave him a tie for 21st.


“I had been struggling a bit and changed some things,” Gallacher added. “I worked on things before going to Saudi, started to hit some good shots there and it’s amazing how things snowball.

“You start to chip better, you start to putt better and you start to compete. By Sunday, you just want to have a chance to win coming down the stretch.”


Colsaerts, who returned to the winner’s circle last year for the first time since 2012, matched Gallacher’s 67 with seven birdies and two bogeys.

“I was a little bit in the zone actually,” he told Sky Sports. “I was playing shot after shot, I had what we called the ‘good eyes’ today, there was not really any shot that really frightened me even though there’s a couple that are pretty difficult with this wind.


“Winning last year and knowing that you have an exemption just makes your life a lot easier. You take weeks for what they are and you don’t really pay attention to where should I be or how scores are moving, you just worry about your own game. It’s a very comfortable situation.”

Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli, who was reinstated in the field after testing negative for the coronavirus on Wednesday, is four shots off the lead after adding a 70 to his opening 69.

Former world number one Martin Kaymer is three strokes further back following an eventful 69 which included a hole-in-one on the 13th, a double bogey on the 15th and three closing birdies.


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By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
-9
67
68
135
T1
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-9
68
67
135
T3
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-8
71
65
136
T3
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-8
69
67
136
T5
Brandon Stone
RSA
-6
67
71
138
T5
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-6
66
72
138
T5
Joost Luiten
NED
-6
69
69
138
T5
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-6
70
68
138
T5
Robert Rock
ENG
-6
73
65
138
T10
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-5
70
69
139
T10
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-5
69
70
139
T10
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-5
69
70
139
T10
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-5
71
68
139
T10
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-5
69
70
139
T15
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-4
72
68
140
T15
Darius van Driel
NED
-4
71
69
140
T15
Jordan Smith
ENG
-4
70
70
140
T15
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-4
73
67
140
T19
Antoine Rozner
FRA
-3
71
70
141
T19
Calum Hill
SCO
-3
73
68
141
T19
Clement Sordet
FRA
-3
70
71
141
T19
Gavin Green
MAS
-3
71
70
141
T19
George Coetzee
RSA
-3
68
73
141
T19
Jeff Winther
SWE
-3
69
72
141
T19
Louis De Jager
RSA
-3
69
72
141
T19
Sami Vaelimaeki
FIN
-3
74
67
141
T19
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-3
71
70
141
T19
Zander Lombard
RSA
-3
68
73
141
T29
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
-2
69
73
142
T29
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
68
74
142
T29
Ben Stow
ENG
-2
73
69
142
T29
Chris Paisley
ENG
-2
73
69
142
T29
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
-2
75
67
142
T29
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
70
72
142
T29
Haotong Li
CHN
-2
73
69
142
T29
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
-2
72
70
142
T29
Johannes Veerman
USA
-2
72
70
142
T29
Martin Kaymer
GER
-2
73
69
142
T29
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-2
72
70
142
T29
Scott Hend
AUS
-2
70
72
142
T29
Taehee Lee
KOR
-2
67
75
142
T42
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-1
71
72
143
T42
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-1
73
70
143
T42
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-1
71
72
143
T42
Bryce Easton
RSA
-1
72
71
143
T42
Connor Syme
SCO
-1
73
70
143
T42
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-1
74
69
143
T42
Grant Forrest
SCO
-1
70
73
143
T42
Justin Walters
RSA
-1
69
74
143
T42
Maverick Antcliff
AUS
-1
72
71
143
T42
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-1
73
70
143
T42
Paul Waring
ENG
-1
70
73
143
T42
Richard Bland
ENG
-1
72
71
143
T42
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
-1
70
73
143
T42
Ross Fisher
ENG
-1
68
75
143
T42
Sean Crocker
USA
-1
72
71
143
T42
Shaun Norris
RSA
-1
72
71
143
T42
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-1
68
75
143
T42
Steven Brown
ENG
-1
69
74
143
T42
Thomas Detry
BEL
-1
71
72
143
T42
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-1
68
75
143
T62
Adrian Meronk
POL
Par
73
71
144
T62
Alexander Levy
FRA
Par
69
75
144
T62
Andy Sullivan
ENG
Par
68
76
144
T62
Benjamin Poke
DNK
Par
71
73
144
T62
Dean Burmester
RSA
Par
73
71
144
T62
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
Par
71
73
144
T62
James Morrison
ENG
Par
74
70
144
T62
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
Par
71
73
144
T62
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet
FRA
Par
71
73
144
T62
Lars van Meijel
NED
Par
72
72
144
T62
Lee Slattery
ENG
Par
73
71
144
T62
Marcus Armitage
ENG
Par
72
72
144
T62
Matthew Jordan
ENG
Par
77
67
144
T62
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
Par
72
72
144
T62
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
Par
73
71
144
T62
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
70
74
144
T62
Renato Paratore
ITA
Par
71
73
144
T62
Robin Roussel
FRA
Par
75
69
144
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
1
73
72
145
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
1
74
71
145
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
1
76
69
145
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
1
73
72
145
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
GER
1
75
70
145
CUT
Thomas Pieters
BEL
1
74
71
145
CUT
Francesco Laporta
ITA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Jack Senior
ENG
2
70
76
146
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
2
73
73
146
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
2
74
72
146
CUT
Justin Suh
USA
2
72
74
146
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
2
72
74
146
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
2
75
71
146
CUT
Paul Lawrie
SCO
2
74
72
146
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
2
70
76
146
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
73
73
146
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
2
73
73
146
CUT
Travis Smyth
AUS
2
71
75
146
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
3
75
72
147
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
3
70
77
147
CUT
Bailey Gill
ENG
3
77
70
147
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
3
73
74
147
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
3
73
74
147
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Garrick Porteous
ENG
3
75
72
147
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
3
73
74
147
CUT
Kyong-Jun Moon
CHN
3
74
73
147
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
3
70
77
147
CUT
Dale Whitnell
ENG
4
77
71
148
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
4
75
73
148
CUT
Jose-Filipe Lima
POR
4
77
71
148
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
4
77
71
148
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
4
72
76
148
CUT
Scott Vincent
ZWE
4
73
75
148
CUT
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
4
73
75
148
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
4
74
74
148
CUT
Sihwan Kim
KOR
4
75
73
148
CUT
Toby Tree
ENG
4
72
76
148
CUT
Wil Besseling
NED
4
72
76
148
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
5
76
73
149
CUT
David Coupland
ENG
5
76
73
149
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
5
78
71
149
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
6
74
76
150
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
6
74
76
150
CUT
James Sugrue
IRL
6
73
77
150
CUT
Jonathan Caldwell
NIR
6
79
71
150
CUT
Julien Guerrier
FRA
6
73
77
150
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Ricardo Santos
POR
6
78
72
150
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
7
75
76
151
CUT
David Howell
ENG
7
76
75
151
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
7
76
75
151
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
7
75
76
151
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
7
75
76
151
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
7
76
75
151
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
8
72
80
152
CUT
David Law
SCO
8
79
73
152
CUT
Graeme Storm
ENG
8
76
76
152
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
8
74
78
152
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
8
75
77
152
CUT
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
9
77
76
153
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
11
77
78
155
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
11
76
79
155
CUT
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
THA
11
77
78
155
CUT
Azaan Al Rumhy
OMA
28
82
90
172