Portugal Masters R2

High five for Guerrier in Vilamoura

September 10-13
Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Portugal Masters 2020 R2 - High five for Guerrier in Vilamoura
(Credit: European Tour)


Julien Guerrier holds a commanding five shot lead at the halfway stage of the 2020 Portugal Masters after adding a second round 66 to Thursday’s spotless round of 62.


The Frenchman played some tremendous iron shots and putted well to make seven birdies and just two bogeys in blustery morning conditions at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, setting a testing clubhouse target of 14 under par.

“I’m feeling great. It looks easy but it’s not. After you shoot nine under it’s always tough to make a good score, so I’m really happy to play well. I just try to hit the fairways and hit the greens. I’m feeling good on the greens, so I think it’s easier when you are confident around the ball.
 



“In Valderrama (last week) it was really tough so that was more about fighting spirit. After the injury you try to get a good level and find your mark on your game under pressure so it’s perfect for me to play on the weekend.”

The afternoon starters could not get anywhere near Guerrier’s total, handing him the largest 36 hole lead of the 2020 Race to Dubai so far.


American Sihwan Kim is Guerrier’s closest challenger on nine under par after he reeled off five birdies in his last six holes to post a 66.

“I putted really well, I just have some clean up to do with the shots to the green, but once I got on the green, my putting was really good. 

“No pars on the back, just birdies and bogeys, and I’m just glad I had more birdies than bogeys. It’s tough when you miss the fairway, and every time I missed the fairway I put it in tough spots to make up and down. 

“Julien is a very good player and obviously he’s the only one on top just now. I’ll try my best to keep up. I know Sunday is supposed to be really windy and anything can happen there. I’ll try to make up as much ground as possible tomorrow and just go for it on Sunday.”



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First round leader Liam Johnston of Scotland saw a different side to the Vilamoura course on Friday, carding a three over par round of 74 after his opening 61 to sit in a nine-way tie for third place alongside Guerrier’s countrymen Antoine Rozner and Adrien Saddier, English pair Matthew Jordan and Marcus Armitage, Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe, South African Wilco Nienaber, Adrian Meronk of Poland and Dane Martin Simonsen.

“I saw the bite of the course today,” said Johnston. “I just struggled with my swing a little bit, but it’s fine. I grafted really well. I’m actually really proud with only shooting three over today. The rough was tough and I kept hitting it in and leaving myself in bad spots. I actually made a lot of good putts for par so I’m glad to still be in the hunt after a day that didn’t feel good.

“I had a lot of par putts from just inside ten feet and I made a lot of good ones. Unfortunately made three bogeys. Couldn’t make a birdie today, just couldn’t hit it close enough to be honest. I stuck with it and tried to stay patient and glad to still be in three tournament.” 




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Julien Guerrier
-14
62
66
128
2
Sihwan Kim
-9
67
66
133
T3
Marcus Armitage
-7
68
67
135
T3
Liam Johnston
-7
61
74
135
T3
Matthew Jordan
-7
66
69
135
T3
Adrian Meronk
-7
69
66
135
T3
Wilco Nienaber
-7
70
65
135
T3
Antoine Rozner
-7
68
67
135
T3
Adrien Saddier
-7
67
68
135
T3
Martin Simonsen
-7
68
67
135
T3
Scott Vincent
-7
70
65
135
T12
Nino Bertasio
-6
67
69
136
T12
Laurie Canter
-6
64
72
136
T12
George Coetzee
-6
66
70
136
T12
Jamie Donaldson
-6
69
67
136
T12
Ryan Fox
-6
67
69
136
T12
Paul Waring
-6
67
69
136
T18
Richard Bland
-5
67
70
137
T18
Jonathan Caldwell
-5
65
72
137
T18
Tom Gandy
-5
69
68
137
T18
Francesco Laporta
-5
67
70
137
T18
Thorbjørn Olesen
-5
66
71
137
T18
Jason Scrivener
-5
69
68
137
T18
Brandon Stone
-5
67
70
137
T18
Johannes Veerman
-5
69
68
137
T26
Tomás Bessa
-4
68
70
138
T26
Lucas Bjerregaard
-4
67
71
138
T26
Steven Brown
-4
68
70
138
T26
David Drysdale
-4
70
68
138
T26
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-4
70
68
138
T26
Masahiro Kawamura
-4
67
71
138
T26
Joakim Lagergren
-4
69
69
138
T26
Guido Migliozzi
-4
67
71
138
T34
Jorge Campillo
-3
68
71
139
T34
Tommy Fleetwood
-3
68
71
139
T34
Grant Forrest
-3
72
67
139
T34
Rikard Karlberg
-3
72
67
139
T34
Niklas Lemke
-3
70
69
139
T34
Garrick Porteous
-3
70
69
139
T40
Wil Besseling
-2
70
70
140
T40
Alexander Björk
-2
70
70
140
T40
Dave Coupland
-2
72
68
140
T40
Bryce Easton
-2
68
72
140
T40
Rhys Enoch
-2
69
71
140
T40
Ben Evans
-2
69
71
140
T40
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-2
71
69
140
T40
Pablo Larrazabal
-2
69
71
140
T40
David Law
-2
69
71
140
T40
Tapio Pulkkanen
-2
70
70
140
T40
Ricardo Santos
-2
69
71
140
T40
Jack Senior
-2
69
71
140
T40
Shubhankar Sharma
-2
73
67
140
T40
Jordan Smith
-2
73
67
140
T40
Julian Suri
-2
69
71
140
T40
Toby Tree
-2
73
67
140
T56
John Catlin
-1
72
69
141
T56
Alejandro Cañizares
-1
70
71
141
T56
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
-1
70
71
141
T56
Stephen Gallacher
-1
76
65
141
T56
Ricardo Gouveia
-1
69
72
141
T56
Carlos Pigem
-1
72
69
141
T56
Alvaro Quiros
-1
73
68
141
T56
Andres Romero
-1
71
70
141
T56
Max Schmitt
-1
70
71
141
T56
Marcel Schneider
-1
69
72
141
T56
Sebastian Soderberg
-1
66
75
141
T56
Matthew Southgate
-1
69
72
141
T56
Ben Stow
-1
72
69
141
T56
Dale Whitnell
-1
67
74
141
T56
Lars van Meijel
-1
71
70
141
T71
Maverick Antcliff
E
74
68
142
T71
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
E
71
71
142
T71
Anton Karlsson
E
72
70
142
T71
Maximilian Kieffer
E
72
70
142
T71
Jose-Filipe Lima
E
69
73
142
T71
Gavin Moynihan
E
71
71
142
T71
Zach Murray
E
72
70
142
T71
Robert Rock
E
70
72
142
T71
Kalle Samooja
E
73
69
142
T71
Ashun Wu
E
69
73
142
T81
Kristoffer Broberg
1
70
73
143
T81
Jens Fahrbring
1
71
72
143
T81
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
1
74
69
143
T81
Sebastian Heisele
1
73
70
143
T81
Calum Hill
1
73
70
143
T81
Raphael Jacquelin
1
70
73
143
T81
Vitor Lopes (a)
1
71
72
143
T81
Joost Luiten
1
71
72
143
T81
Richard McEvoy
1
72
71
143
T81
Jake McLeod
1
72
71
143
T81
Robin Roussel
1
70
73
143
T81
Darius van Driel
1
77
66
143
T93
Benjamin Hebert
2
74
70
144
T93
Daan Huizing
2
73
71
144
T93
José María Olazábal
2
73
71
144
T93
Chris Paisley
2
75
69
144
T97
Thomas Bjørn
3
71
74
145
T97
Eduardo De la Riva
3
74
71
145
T97
Marcus Kinhult
3
72
73
145
T97
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
3
73
72
145
T101
Will Enefer
4
74
72
146
T101
Ewen Ferguson
4
73
73
146
T101
Ross Fisher
4
77
69
146
T101
Oliver Fisher
4
71
75
146
T101
Gregory Havret
4
71
75
146
T101
Matthieu Pavon
4
69
77
146
T101
Damien Perrier
4
77
69
146
T101
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
4
73
73
146
T101
Cormac Sharvin
4
70
76
146
T110
Matthew Baldwin
5
74
73
147
T110
Lorenzo Gagli
5
74
73
147
T110
Joël Stalter
5
74
73
147
T113
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
6
77
71
148
T113
Pedro Figueiredo
6
72
76
148
T113
Jbe Kruger
6
74
74
148
T113
Haotong Li
6
74
74
148
T113
Andrea Pavan
6
74
74
148
T113
Haydn Porteous
6
72
76
148
T113
Tomas Santos Silva
6
70
78
148
T113
Jonathan Thomson
6
74
74
148
T121
Peter Hanson
7
74
75
149
T121
David Howell
7
71
78
149
T121
Jacques Kruyswijk
7
77
72
149
T121
Pedro Lencart (a)
7
72
77
149
T121
Wade Ormsby
7
75
74
149
T121
Joel Sjoholm
7
73
76
149
T121
Justin Walters
7
73
76
149
128
Oliver Wilson
8
76
74
150
129
Benjamin Poke
9
74
77
151
130
Steve Webster
13
78
77
155
131
Miguel Gaspar
14
82
74
156
WD
Alexander Levy
7
78
78