Portugal Masters R2

Nino Bertasio holds on to lead heading into the weekend

Portugal Masters 2021 R2
November 04-07
Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
€1,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

Portugal Masters 2021 R2 - Nino Bertasio holds on to lead heading into the weekend
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Nino Bertasio shot a second round 69 to take a two-shot lead at the Portugal Masters. Having started the day with a four-shot lead after firing a career-low round on the European Tour of 61 on Thursday, hee couldn’t maintain that incredible momentum and produced three birdies and a bogey to move to 12-under.


Portugal Masters 2021 R2

“I couldn’t expect anything similar to yesterday. A solid day. I didn’t make many putts, the greens were a bit bumpy towards the end. I made three birdies and they were basically inside two feet. I didn’t make much out there, but I’ll take it.”

The Italian joined the Tour in 2015 after coming through Qualifying School and is playing in his 159th tournament. He has had nine top-10s so far but has yet to win.


Portugal Masters 2021 R2

Spain’s Adri Arnaus held on to his second place with a bogey-free 64 alongside an equally bogey-free Lucas Bjerregaard (65) of Denmark, Frenchman Matthieu Pavon (64) and Thomas Pieters (64) of Belgium.

“It’s a really good day when you don’t drop any shots and have no bogeys on the card,” said Arnaus. “I managed to save a few good pars but took advantage of the opportunities. I thought today wasn’t so easy because the pins were quite tucked. We stuck to our gameplan and we played well.”


Portugal Masters 2021 R2

“I just try to hit it as straight as possible off the tee and give myself a good angle to the pins, you can do that around here. With pins on the left I try and hit it to the right and the other way around. That has been working well. After that, I try to be aggressive.

“I’m feeling comfortable and enjoying it out there, so I’m looking forward to the challenge of the weekend.”

Englishmen Callum Shinkwin (66) and Sam Horsfield (66) lie in sixth and seventh place respectively.

“It’s a golf course where you can bomb it as far as you can,” said Shinkwin, “the rough is very short so taking the Bryson route of hitting wedges into greens makes it a lot easier.”


Portugal Masters 2021 R2

Compatriots Richard Bland (65) and Oliver Wilson (67) are tied for eighth at 7-under alongside Malaysi’s Gavin Green (69) and Scotland’s Grant Forrest (67).

“I got off to a good start, par-birdie-eagle,” said Forrest. “It’s always nice to do that. I played solid golf the whole way around and gave myself lots of chances. On the back nine the putts didn’t quite drop. But all in all it was a solid day.

“Confidence is much higher than it was at the start of the season. I’m going about my business and I’ll keep playing well.”

Portugal Masters 2021 R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
BERTASIO, Nino
-12
61
69
2
PIETERS, Thomas
-10
68
64
BJERREGAARD, Lucas
-10
67
65
PAVON, Matthieu
-10
68
64
ARNAUS, Adri
-10
65
67
6
SHINKWIN, Callum
-9
67
66
7
HORSFIELD, Sam
-8
68
66
8
GREEN, Gavin
-7
66
69
BLAND, Richard
-7
70
65
FORREST, Grant
-7
68
67
8
WILSON, Oliver
-7
68
67
12
LAPORTA, Francesco
-6
70
66
PULKKANEN, Tapio
-6
69
67
LEE, Min Woo
-6
68
68
HØJGAARD, Nicolai
-6
67
69
BROBERG, Kristoffer
-6
69
67
HANSEN, Joachim B.
-6
69
67
HEBERT, Benjamin
-6
67
69
19
ANGLES, Pep
-5
68
69
GALLACHER, Stephen
-5
69
68
CROCKER, Sean
-5
70
67
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-5
68
69
BJÖRK, Alexander
-5
71
66
24
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-4
67
71
LEVY, Alexander
-4
69
69
24
HORSEY, David
-4
70
68
SENIOR, Jack
-4
71
67
JORDAN, Matthew
-4
70
68
FISHER, Ross
-4
71
67
30
SMITH, Jordan
-3
72
67
HARRINGTON, Padraig
-3
67
72
RAMSAY, Richie
-3
70
69
SANTOS, Ricardo
-3
70
69
BROWN, Steven
-3
68
71
ROZNER, Antoine
-3
70
69
LANGASQUE, Romain
-3
71
68
37
LOPES, Vitor
-2
71
69
GOUVEIA, Tomas
-2
71
69
LEMKE, Niklas
-2
72
68
MACINTYRE, Robert
-2
70
70
CALDWELL, Jonathan
-2
69
71
WOOD, Chris
-2
71
69
HANSON, Peter
-2
71
69
PEREZ, Victor
-2
72
68
JOHNSTON, Andrew
-2
72
68
CATLIN, John
-2
70
70
DONALDSON, Jamie
-2
73
67
SAMOOJA, Kalle
-2
68
72
49
WARREN, Marc
-1
74
67
ZANOTTI, Fabrizio
-1
69
72
49
MOLINARI, Edoardo
-1
72
69
COETZEE, George
-1
70
71
WALTERS, Justin
-1
71
70
KIEFFER, Maximilian
-1
70
71
LARRAZÁBAL, Pablo
-1
70
71
OLESEN, Thorbjørn
-1
72
69
CHESTERS, Ashley
-1
75
66
SULLIVAN, Andy
-1
70
71
59
LAW, David
Par
68
74
ELVIRA, Nacho
Par
72
70
KORHONEN, Mikko
Par
68
74
JAMIESON, Scott
Par
71
71
COLSAERTS, Nicolas
Par
69
73
JANEWATTANANOND, Jazz
Par
70
72
BESSELING, Wil
Par
68
74
66
STORM, Graeme
+1
74
69
143
ROCK, Robert
+1
73
70
143
FISHER, Oliver*
+1
70
73
143
OTAEGUI, Adrian
+1
72
71
143
CANTER, Laurie*
+1
70
73
143
ROUSSEL, Robin*
+1
73
70
143
MCEVOY, Richard*
+1
73
70
143
SURI, Julian*
+1
71
72
143
74
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro*
+2
71
73
144
LUITEN, Joost
+2
72
72
144
SINGH BRAR, Jack
+2
72
72
144
FARR, Oliver*
+2
74
70
144
PARATORE, Renato
+2
72
72
144
LORENZO-VERA, Mike*
+2
70
74
144
GAVINS, Daniel
+2
72
72
144
81
SYME, Connor*
+3
73
72
145
VÄLIMÄKI, Sami*
+3
70
75
145
DRYSDALE, David
+3
72
73
145
PAISLEY, Chris*
+3
71
74
145
LIMA, José-Filipe
+3
72
73
145
86
JACQUELIN, Raphaël*
+4
71
75
146
KINHULT, Marcus
+4
72
74
146
GUERRIER, Julien*
+4
74
72
146
89
QUIROS, Alvaro
+5
73
74
147
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
+5
74
73
147
91
PORTEOUS, Haydn
+6
75
73
148
CAMPILLO, Jorge
+6
79
69
148
WALLACE, Matt
+6
72
76
148
STALTER, Joël
+6
76
72
148
DU PREEZ, James Hart
+6
72
76
148
SHARVIN, Cormac*
+6
76
72
148
97
PEPPERELL, Eddie
+7
73
76
149
98
BJØRN, Thomas*
+8
73
77
150
SODERBERG, Sebastian
+8
76
74
150
100
LOMBARD, Zander
+9
73
78
151
100
GAGLI, Lorenzo*
+9
76
75
151
102
HOWELL, David
+10
75
77
152
HEND, Scott*
+10
75
77
152
104
CLARE NEVES, Pedro* (AM)
+20
78
84
162
W/D
HILL, Calum*
+5
76
76
W/D
DUBUISSON, Victor*
+6
77
77
RETD
SOUTHGATE, Matthew*
+3
34
RETD
McGOWAN, Ross
+5
70
127
* Player started on the back nine