Turkish Airlines Challenge - R2

Haastrup struts round Samsun to lead after Day Two

April 25-28
Samsun Golf Club, Samsun, Turkey
€200,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


A stunning 11 under par round of 61 means Mark Flindt Haastrup has reached 16 under par at the halfway stage of the Turkish Airlines Challenge and will take a two-shot lead into the weekend at Samsun Golf Club.

Haastrup struts round Samsun to lead after Day Two, © Getty Images
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Haastrup carded a blemish-free 61 after five birdies and an eagle on the front nine followed by a quartet of successive birdies on the back nine and leads by two over Adrian Meronk and Matthew Jordan, who both carded incredible ten under par rounds of 62.

It looked as though Meronk would be the man to catch as he led the way following the conclusion of the morning groups. Jordan then joined him on 14 under par when he birdied his 15th hole before a bogey-birdie finish meant he had to settle for a share of the lead with Haastrup still out on the course.

After four birdies in a row, the Dane moved to 11 under par with three to play, the possibility of a 59 was on the cards but he could only manage par on each of the last three holes, seeing birdie putts slide narrowly past on both the 16th and 17th, and subsequently signed for a sublime 61.

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“I don’t know where that round of golf came from but everything clicked and I got some lucky breaks when I needed to and suddenly I was many under par,” Haastrup said.

“I started birdie-birdie and then hit a horrible shot on the third but hit a great bunker shot and saved par which made that momentum carry on.

“I holed a bunker shot on the next and then at least I knew that if I could keep pressing I could get to six, seven or eight under. Then, suddenly, I kept making birdies and it was a lot of fun.

“It’s very rare that you shoot 30 or under on nine holes so then to do it on two nine holes in row would’ve been unusual.

“When it crept up, I just shook it off and tried to hit the best score I could. If I had a putt for 59 on the last for the magic number then that would’ve been exciting but I missed one on 17.”

The 35-year-old admits to playing poorly in practice rounds at Samsun Golf Club but turned up the style on the second day, although, in typically understated fashion, believes his 11 under par round was not spectacular.


“I liked it when I got here but I didn’t play very well in the practice rounds,” he said. “I found something before the round on Thursday and it hasn’t been spectacular but it’s been solid with a good short game and I’ve putted really well.

“I’ve mostly just been at home so I thought there would have been a lot of rust but maybe it’s rust I need to play well! Maybe I need a long break between tournaments.”

Behind Jordan and Meronk on 14 under par is Robin Sciot-Siegrist who added a seven under par round of 65 to his opening 66 to reach 13 under, while five men sit a shot further back on 12 under par, including first round leader Francesco Laporta.

One shot further back in tied tenth are four players on 11 under par, including Scott Henry who carded the first hole-in-one of the 2019 Challenge Tour season earlier in the day as he aced the par three 13th with an eight iron from 179 yards.

The third round will begin at 7.30am local time, with the lead group of Haastrup and Meronk teeing off at 12.20pm local time.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
-16
67
61
128
2
JORDAN, Matthew
-14
68
62
130
MERONK, Adrian
-14
68
62
130
4
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-13
66
65
131
5
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
-12
66
66
132
LAPORTA, Francesco
-12
62
70
132
SYME, Connor
-12
65
67
132
ROUSSEL, Robin
-12
67
65
132
TREE, Toby
-12
65
67
132
10
BRUN, Julien
-11
68
65
133
HENRY, Scott
-11
68
65
133
VAN DRIEL, Darius
-11
64
69
133
BOYD, Gary
-11
67
66
133
14
PORTEOUS, Garrick
-10
68
66
134
SCHWARTZ, Antoine
-10
69
65
134
BESSELING, Wil
-10
66
68
134
KNAPPE, Alexander
-10
67
67
134
STOW, Ben
-10
70
64
134
19
O’ROURKE, Conor
-9
68
67
135
LINDELL, Oliver
-9
68
67
135
LLOYD, Chris
-9
71
64
135
HEISELE, Sebastian
-9
70
65
135
RIU, Victor
-9
66
69
135
24
ABBOTT, Jamie
-8
68
68
136
GROS, Sébastien
-8
66
70
136
COUPLAND, Dave
-8
67
69
136
JOHANSSON, Niclas
-8
65
71
136
TARRIO BEN, Santiago
-8
70
66
136
29
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-7
69
68
137
WAITE, Mitch
-7
68
69
137
GASPAR, Miguel
-7
69
68
137
WRISDALE, Jordan
-7
70
67
137
HELLIGKILDE, Marcus
-7
70
67
137
JOHN, Allen
-7
68
69
137
BLAND, Richard
-7
70
67
137
CHO, Rak hyun
-7
71
66
137
FENASSE, Mathieu
-7
70
67
137
ROZNER, Antoine
-7
65
72
137
39
MADDY, Paul
-6
70
68
138
CARLSSON, Magnus A
-6
71
67
138
HAVRET, Grégory
-6
68
70
138
HØJGAARD, Nicolai
-6
70
68
138
LENGDEN, Oscar
-6
72
66
138
FORD, Matt
-6
71
67
138
NEMECZ, Lukas
-6
69
69
138
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
-6
68
70
138
ENOCH, Rhys
-6
69
69
138
KOLBING, Jonas
-6
66
72
138
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-6
69
69
138
LAMPERT, Moritz
-6
67
71
138
TILEY, Steven
-6
69
69
138
52
FOOS, Dominic
-5
69
70
139
KIM, Minkyu
-5
68
71
139
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-5
68
71
139
SAXTON, Reinier
-5
69
70
139
BERARDO, Clément
-5
70
69
139
MCCARTHY, Nick
-5
72
67
139
KEYSER, Matthiam
-5
70
69
139
SIMONSEN, Martin
-5
69
70
139
ARIZABALETA, Alvaro
-5
70
69
139
61
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
-4
69
71
140
KUNZENBACHER, Julian
-4
71
69
140
KAKKO, Roope
-4
68
72
140
MCBRIDE, Paul
-4
66
74
140
MANSELL, Richard
-4
70
70
140
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
-4
72
68
140
DAVIDSON, Jack
-4
71
69
140
MØLLER, Niklas Norgaard
-4
71
69
140
STALTER, Joël
-4
68
72
140
ANGLES, Pep
-4
68
72
140
SCALISE, Lorenzo
-4
75
65
140
HUIZING, Daan
-4
70
70
140
FERGUSON, Ewen
-4
72
68
140
SARACINO, Andrea
-4
70
70
140
75
EASTON, Bryce
-3
73
68
141
SANTOS, Ricardo
-3
75
66
141
WIDEGREN, Pontus
-3
69
72
141
LIMA, José-Filipe
-3
74
67
141
VALIMAKI, Sami
-3
69
72
141
ERIKSSON, Philip
-3
70
71
141
LINARD, Thomas
-3
73
68
141
PIGEM, Carlos
-3
68
73
141
ROSS, Craig
-3
73
68
141
PERRIER, Damien
-3
73
68
141
85
ALTUNTAS, Ali
-2
71
71
142
STEWART, Duncan
-2
69
73
142
STUREHED, Henric
-2
71
71
142
ERIKSSON, Martin
-2
71
71
142
ECCLES, Ben
-2
72
70
142
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
-2
72
70
142
GLENNEMO, Jacob
-2
74
68
142
VIRTO, Borja
-2
70
72
142
SPOONER, Billy
-2
67
75
142
94
MCDONALD, Jack
-1
70
73
143
BRAEUNIG, Christian
-1
72
71
143
SHARVIN, Cormac
-1
72
71
143
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
-1
74
69
143
NILEHN, Fredrik
-1
71
72
143
LIPPARELLI, Edoardo Raffaele
-1
71
72
143
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
-1
73
70
143
MRUZEK, Filip
-1
71
72
143
GILLBERG, Oliver
-1
72
71
143
MIVIS, Christopher
-1
71
72
143
POKE, Benjamin
-1
71
72
143
NEIL, Bradley
-1
71
72
143
COHEN, Perry
-1
73
70
143
FERNANDEZ, Scott
-1
73
70
143
HILL, Calum
-1
68
75
143
DAYDOU, Alexandre
-1
69
74
143
110
EGGENBERGER, Mathias
Par
74
70
144
KARLBERG, Rikard
Par
72
72
144
DAWSON, Robin
Par
76
68
144
MATUS, Stanislav
Par
71
73
144
AHOKAS, Antti
Par
73
71
144
BERNA MANZANARES, Daniel
Par
69
75
144
116
HANSON, Chris
1
71
74
145
RUTHERFORD, Jamie
1
73
72
145
NEUMAYER, Bernard
1
71
74
145
ROBB, Chris
1
73
72
145
OVESEN, Martin
1
76
69
145
STAL, Gary
1
73
72
145
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
1
75
70
145
123
MOHR, Marcus
2
73
73
146
HOWIE, Craig
2
73
73
146
SAINZ, Javier
2
69
77
146
ITEN, Marco
2
72
74
146
GLOET, Christian
2
72
74
146
BOOTE, David
2
72
74
146
129
JOANNES, Hugues
3
75
72
147
GRADECKI, Mateusz
3
74
73
147
CALDWELL, Jonathan
3
76
71
147
WEJSHAG, Anton
3
73
74
147
133
TINNING, Nicolai
4
76
72
148
ELLIS, Harry
4
72
76
148
135
SHIM, Jaewoo
5
75
74
149
KÖK, Fahrettin
5
79
70
149
137
CARLOTA, Joao
6
74
76
150
COHEN-BOYER, Louis
6
74
76
150
COUSSAUD, Ugo
6
77
73
150
LACROIX, Frederic
6
75
75
150
STARK, Oscar
6
81
69
150
142
YAMAC (AM), Taner
7
79
72
151
143
SAYIN, Hamza
8
75
77
152
144
SJÖHOLM, Joel
9
74
79
153
145
KAPLAN (AM), Orkunhan
10
81
73
154
HURLEY, Gary
10
74
80
154
OLSEN, Aksel
10
79
75
154
148
CHOI (AM), Junmin
11
76
79
155
SHEPHERD, Jake
11
81
74
155
150
UYAR (AM), Emre
12
79
77
156
151
KARATAS, Bulent
15
79
80
159
ASLAN (AM), Tarik
15
79
80
159
153
HRINDA (AM), Jakub
18
78
84
162
154
CELIK (AM), Berk
23
80
87
167
W/D
KIMSEY, Nathan
4
76
W/D
DREIER, Frederik
4
76