Swiss Seniors Open R2

Flawless O’Malley in pole position in fight for Swiss crown

July 05-07
Golf Club Bad Ragaz,Bad Ragaz,Switzerland
€320,000
Round 1, Round 3

Peter O’Malley is hoping to celebrate his four-year Staysure Tour anniversary in style by lifting the Swiss Seniors Open trophy after taking the lead on Day Two with a bogey-free 65 at Golf Club Bad Ragaz.

Swiss Seniors Open R2 - Flawless O’Malley in pole position in fight for Swiss crown
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The Australian made his Staysure Tour debut in the 2015 Swiss Seniors Open and will go in search of his maiden title on Sunday, taking a one-stroke advantage into the final round having reached nine under par for the week. He leads by one from Andrew Oldcorn, who also posted a round of 65 on Day Two to sit second on eight under par.

O’Malley is without a win since 2010 and he would love to break that duck at the place where it all started on the over-50s circuit after today carding his lowest round since 2017 – on the final day of the Swiss Seniors Open.

“I played well on both days really, I just had one bogey yesterday and no bogeys today, with ten birdies across the two days,” he said.


“It’s a good course for me but I just hit it on the fairways, hit it on the greens and made a few putts. It’s such a great place and I just played solid.

“I got off to a good start yesterday and made a couple of good putts but I haven’t really made anything of length since then. I’ve just been playing solidly but I missed a couple of greens and made some good up and downs, so that was pleasing.

“I love playing here and I’ve been in the last group a couple of times before and it hasn’t worked out but tomorrow we’ll see how we can pull it off.”

The 54-year-old’s bogey-free 65 came on the day of his father’s birthday and he is now focused on going low tomorrow to clinch an emotional first Staysure Tour victory.

“My last win on the tour in Australia was 2010 and I haven’t won on the Staysure Tour so I’m looking forward to the final day and hopefully we can pull it off,” he said.

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“It’s been a while since I’ve won a tournament but I’ve been playing tournaments in Australia on the Legends Tour down there and played well so I’ll just go out there tomorrow and hopefully play well.

“It would be great to win on any tour but particularly the Staysure Tour. This was my first event when I turned 50 so it would be pretty special to win here. It’s five years down the track so it would be special to pull it off. It’s my father’s birthday today so it was good to have a good score for him.”

Scotland’s Oldcorn, a two-time Staysure Tour winner, lies second in Bad Ragaz, one shot ahead of Peter Baker, José Coceres, Phillip Price and first round leader Clark Dennis, who all share fourth place on seven under par.

The 2018 European Tour Properties Senior Classic champion Magnus P Atlevi and England’s Simon P Brown share seventh place on six under par and will go into the final round three shots off the lead.

With thunderstorms forecast for Sunday, the final round will begin at 7.00am local time with the final group of O’Malley, Oldcorn and Coceres getting under way at 8.20am.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
O’MALLEY Peter
AUS
-9
66
65
131
2
OLDCORN Andrew
SCO
-8
67
65
132
3
BAKER Peter
ENG
-7
66
67
133
3
COCERES José
ARG
-7
65
68
133
3
DENNIS Clark
USA
-7
64
69
133
3
PRICE Phillip
WAL
-7
66
67
133
7
ATLEVI Magnus P
SWE
-6
67
67
134
7
BROWN Simon P
ENG
-6
67
67
134
9
CHAPMAN Roger
ENG
-5
69
66
135
9
WILLIAMS Chris
RSA
-5
68
67
135
11
MASON Carl
ENG
-4
70
66
136
12
EALES Paul
ENG
-3
68
69
137
12
FARRY Marc
FRA
-3
69
68
137
12
MARTIN Miguel Angel
ESP
-3
68
69
137
12
MOLINA Mauricio
ARG
-3
67
70
137
12
REMESY Jean-François
FRA
-3
71
66
137
17
GOMEZ Rafael
ARG
-2
70
68
138
17
LONGMUIR Bill
SCO
-2
70
68
138
17
MAY Bob
USA
-2
68
70
138
17
SANDELIN Jarmo
SWE
-2
67
71
138
17
WOOSNAM Ian
WAL
-2
66
72
138
22
KINGSTON James
RSA
-1
70
69
139
22
LANE Barry
ENG
-1
67
72
139
22
MOULAND Mark
WAL
-1
65
74
139
22
OLSEN Dan
USA
-1
68
71
139
22
TINNING Steen
DEN
-1
68
71
139
27
BOSSERT André
SUI
0
68
72
140
27
GILFORD David
ENG
0
69
71
140
27
JOB Nick
ENG
0
70
70
140
27
LOMAS Jonathan
ENG
0
70
70
140
27
LUNA Santiago
ESP
0
69
71
140
27
THELEN Tim
USA
0
73
67
140
33
MACKENZIE Malcolm
ENG
1
75
66
141
33
MCNULTY Mark
IRL
1
73
68
141
33
SHACKLADY David
ENG
1
72
69
141
36
DODD Stephen
WAL
2
68
74
142
36
LITTLE Stuart
ENG
2
72
70
142
38
BRAND JNR Gordon
SCO
3
71
72
143
38
BRIER Markus
AUT
3
72
71
143
38
MITCHELL Peter
ENG
3
72
71
143
38
ORR Gary
SCO
3
72
71
143
38
ROCCA Costantino
ITA
3
76
67
143
38
STREETER Paul
ENG
3
71
72
143
38
TURNER Greg
NZL
3
72
71
143
38
WILSON Peter T
ENG
3
72
71
143
46
CARRILES José Manuel
ESP
4
74
70
144
46
DRUMMOND Ross
SCO
4
70
74
144
46
GOLDING Philip
ENG
4
73
71
144
46
SHERBORNE Andrew
ENG
4
71
73
144
50
WESSELINGH Paul
ENG
5
74
71
145
51
FOWLER Peter
AUS
6
76
70
146
52
EVANS Gary
ENG
11
72
79
151
53
GARCIA Victor
ESP
17
76
81
157
54
EMERSON Gary
ENG
22
82
80
162