Turkish Airlines Open R2

Schwab edges ahead in Turkey

November 07-10
The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Belek, Antalya, Turkey
$7,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Matthias Schwab maintained his position at the top of the Turkish Airlines Open leaderboard after another low-scoring day at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal.

Turkish Airlines Open R2 - Schwab edges ahead in Turkey
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“I wasn’t really hitting them great at all, especially early on but kept it together. Obviously the start was good with an eagle on the first hole, but then it was not very nice to watch I think. The long game wasn’t on but I managed to make a few good pars. On the back nine I found my swing a little bit and made a few good birdies coming home.

“Every made putt is important. I had a few good par saves on the previous holes, too, but the one on 9 kept the round going a little bit. Yeah, and then the back nine it was a little bit better. I just gave myself a few more looks on the back nine than the front nine. It was just keeping it together and I made a few good pars, especially on 9 where I hit it on in the water off the tee and scrambled to make par. Then on the back nine I was better with my long game. I had a few good looks and was able to make some.”

The Austrian started the day in a share of the lead at the sixth Rolex Series event of the 2019 Race to Dubai but, after yesterday’s redraw, a number of golfers quickly made their move up the leaderboard with ten competitors finishing the day on ten under par or better.


The 24-year-old leads the standings in the highest number of top ten finishes on the European Tour this season, with nine. He has five top tens in his last eight starts, including T4 finishes at the Italian Open, a Rolex Series event, and his debut World Golf Championships appearance at last week’s WGC-HSBC Champions

Schwab birdied the last to move to 12 under par, one stroke ahead of Thomas Detry, who finished third at this event last year, Ross Fisher and two-time Rolex Series winners Alex Noren and Danny Willett.

“A lot better than yesterday,” said Willett. “Real solid. Didn’t really give ourselves too many silly things. Had a couple of three-putts in there which was slightly annoying but a nice score to build on over the weekend.

“We’re make something good moves. Trying to keep doing the same. Golf course is there for the taking. Going to see a lot of low scores. You’ve just got to hope that someone doesn’t go too crazy over the weekend and hope that you’re still in there with a shout with 18 or 9 to play.

“I said at the beginning of the week, it could be at least 20-under par winning this tournament and it’s right on track for that. You just have to keep your foot down and keep trying at birdies and see what you can do.”

Twice-defending champion Justin Rose, who is bidding to become just the fourth golfer on the European Tour to win a non-Major or WGC event three years in a row, shares sixth place with four others on ten under par.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-12
65
67
132
T2
Ross Fisher
ENG
-11
69
64
133
T2
Danny Willett
ENG
-11
67
66
133
T2
Thomas Detry
BEL
-11
67
66
133
T2
Alexander Noren
SWE
-11
66
67
133
T6
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-10
71
63
134
T6
Justin Harding
RSA
-10
69
65
134
T6
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-10
68
66
134
T6
Justin Rose
ENG
-10
67
67
134
T6
David Lipsky
USA
-10
66
68
134
T11
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-9
71
64
135
T11
Aaron Rai
ENG
-9
68
67
135
T11
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-9
67
68
135
T11
Tom Lewis
ENG
-9
65
70
135
T15
Patrick Reed
USA
-8
71
65
136
T15
Lee Westwood
ENG
-8
71
65
136
T15
Romain Langasque
FRA
-8
70
66
136
T15
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-8
69
67
136
T15
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-8
68
68
136
T15
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-8
68
68
136
T15
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-8
68
68
136
T15
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-8
68
68
136
T15
Joost Luiten
NED
-8
67
69
136
T15
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-8
66
70
136
T25
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-7
70
67
137
T25
Paul Waring
ENG
-7
70
67
137
T25
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-7
69
68
137
T25
Scott Hend
AUS
-7
69
68
137
T25
Shane Lowry
IRL
-7
72
65
137
T25
Victor Perez
FRA
-7
68
69
137
T25
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-7
68
69
137
T25
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-7
67
70
137
T33
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-6
71
67
138
T33
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-6
70
68
138
T33
Sean Crocker
USA
-6
71
67
138
T33
Ryan Fox
NZL
-6
73
65
138
T37
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-5
71
68
139
T37
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-5
70
69
139
T37
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-5
71
68
139
T37
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-5
72
67
139
T37
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-5
72
67
139
T37
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-5
68
71
139
T43
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-4
72
68
140
T43
Zander Lombard
RSA
-4
73
67
140
T45
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-3
71
70
141
T45
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-3
69
72
141
T45
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-3
73
68
141
T45
Renato Paratore
ITA
-3
73
68
141
T45
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-3
68
73
141
T45
Matt Wallace
ENG
-3
74
67
141
T45
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-3
75
66
141
T52
George Coetzee
RSA
-2
71
71
142
T52
Jordan Smith
ENG
-2
71
71
142
T52
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-2
70
72
142
T52
Martin Kaymer
GER
-2
70
72
142
T52
Richard Sterne
RSA
-2
70
72
142
T52
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-2
72
70
142
T52
Gavin Green
MAS
-2
73
69
142
T52
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-2
72
70
142
T52
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-2
75
67
142
T52
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-2
75
67
142
T62
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-1
71
72
143
T62
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-1
70
73
143
T62
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-1
73
70
143
T65
Taner Yamac
TUR
Par
72
72
144
T65
David Drysdale
SCO
Par
72
72
144
T65
Haotong Li
CHN
Par
73
71
144
T68
Oliver Wilson
ENG
1
71
74
145
T68
Chris Paisley
ENG
1
73
72
145
T70
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
2
71
75
146
T70
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
2
71
75
146
T72
Sam Horsfield
ENG
3
74
73
147
T72
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
3
76
71
147
74
Justin Walters
RSA
4
75
73
148
75
Steven Brown
ENG
5
74
75
149