Staysure Tour

VTB Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior)

August 17-19

Moscow Country Club, Moscow

$500,000

August 17-19

Moscow Country Club, Moscow

$500,000

Round 2

Resilient Price opens two-shot cushion in Moscow

August 18, 2018

Phillip Price extended his lead to two shots on Day Two of the VTB Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior) by posting a three under par 69 at Moscow Country Club.

Resilient Price opens two-shot cushion in Moscow, © Getty Images

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The Welshman, who posted a bogey-free 68 on Day One, now sits on seven under par and had to show his character to bounce back from an early double bogey to keep the chasing pack at bay.

Price's countryman Stephen Dodd, David Shacklady, Ronan Rafferty and Miguel Angel Martin all lie tied second on five under par.

On a warm morning in the Russian capital, Price immediately extended his lead with an eagle on the par five second hole before the double bogey at the third dropped him back to where he started.

Two birdies and a bogey ensured he made the turn at one under par before three further gains and a single blemish on the back nine meant he signed for a 69 on Day Two at the picturesque Moscow venue.

The 51 year old was frustrated by wasting opportunities to pick up shots on the par fives at Moscow Country Club, but was ultimately left content with a two-shot lead going into the final day.

“It was very different to yesterday,” he said. “I played really solid yesterday but today was good and bad. I think I bogeyed a couple of par fives, which was a bit of a waste, but it was up and down.

“I didn't play anywhere near as well today but I probably hit a lot of good short irons and made a lot of birdies to compensate some of the bad play that I had.

"I eagled the second, which was great. I knocked it stiff from 240 yards and then I was in the middle of the fairway on the next and hit it in the hazard.

“That's the trouble; if you're missing shots then you're going to be in the hazard off the tee or in the trees off the tee, or in some of the hazards around the green.

“I think I birdied the next couple after that and then I had a lovely back nine. I was going well around the middle part of it and then I bogeyed the par five 15 th , which was a bit of a shame. I'm pretty pleased because it was an up and down day.”

Despite admitting that he would have liked a larger lead in Moscow, Price hopes finding consistency will guide him to a first win of the season tomorrow.

“I think there's a couple of guys on five under so I'm still ahead," he said. "I'd rather be more ahead, and it's a shame that I'm not, but I'm still ahead so I'm still in the game for tomorrow.

“I might just try and play a little better! I probably need to be a little bit more consistent and hit the ball a little bit better so I'm on the fairway and on the green so I give myself lots of chances. I need to do that rather than having to get up and down.”

Dodd looked as though he would join his fellow Welshman at the top of the leaderboard, but a double bogey at the par three 16 th meant he had to settle for a share of second.

Behind the quartet in second are Paul Eales, Gary Marks and Mauricio Molina in tied sixth on four under par, while four players are a shot further back on three under.

The final round at Moscow Country Club will begin at 8.30am on Sunday August 19.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
PRICE, Phillip
-7
68
69
137
2
RAFFERTY, Ronan
-5
70
69
139
MARTIN, Miguel Angel
-5
69
70
139
DODD, Stephen
-5
70
69
139
SHACKLADY, David
-5
71
68
139
6
MOLINA, Mauricio
-4
72
68
140
EALES, Paul
-4
71
69
140
MARKS, Gary
-4
72
68
140
9
COCERES, José
-3
71
70
141
MCGOVERN, Brendan
-3
69
72
141
LUNA, Santiago
-3
71
70
141
BROWN, Simon P
-3
72
69
141
13
THELEN, Tim
-2
71
71
142
OLDCORN, Andrew
-2
70
72
142
MACKENZIE, Malcolm
-2
71
71
142
FARRY, Marc
-2
72
70
142
WOLSTENHOLME, Gary
-2
73
69
142
18
KINGSTON, James
-1
70
73
143
FOWLER, Peter
-1
72
71
143
SALLAT, Jean Pierre
-1
72
71
143
LOMAS, Jonathan
-1
73
70
143
22
HARWOOD, Mike
Par
71
73
144
ATLEVI, Magnus P
Par
75
69
144
24
JOB, Nick
1
71
74
145
SHERBORNE, Andrew
1
72
73
145
MANSON, Gordon
1
73
72
145
CHEETHAM, Jonathan S
1
74
71
145
STREETER, Paul
1
72
73
145
WESSELINGH, Paul
1
73
72
145
EDLUND, Dennis
1
76
69
145
31
GOLDING, Philip
2
73
73
146
RICHARDSON, Steven
2
75
71
146
33
LONGMUIR, Bill
3
70
77
147
SUNESON, Carl
3
72
75
147
WILSON, Peter T
3
74
73
147
TINNING, Steen
3
73
74
147
37
WILLIAMS, Chris
4
73
75
148
QUIROS, Juan
4
75
73
148
CONSER, Barry
4
76
72
148
EMERSON, Gary
4
74
74
148
CARRILES, José Manuel
4
77
71
148
42
MURPHY, James
6
76
74
150
FRANCO, Angel
6
76
74
150
JOYNER, Glenn
6
81
69
150
DAVIS, Mark
6
82
68
150
NICHOLS, Mark
6
78
72
150
47
MONASTERIO, Cesar
7
79
72
151
48
WHARTON, Mark
9
75
78
153
BENNETT, Stephen
9
77
76
153
GOMEZ, Rafael
9
83
70
153
51
MOULAND, Mark
11
78
77
155
52
MCALLISTER, Stephen
12
78
78
156
53
ROBINSON, Jeremy
17
88
73
161
54
EVANS, James Scott
18
81
81
162
55
FETISOV (AM), Gleb
30
87
87
174
Pos.
Player
To Par
Total
1
PRICE, Phillip
-7
137
2
RAFFERTY, Ronan
-5
139
MARTIN, Miguel Angel
-5
139
DODD, Stephen
-5
139
SHACKLADY, David
-5
139
6
MOLINA, Mauricio
-4
140
EALES, Paul
-4
140
MARKS, Gary
-4
140
9
COCERES, José
-3
141
MCGOVERN, Brendan
-3
141
LUNA, Santiago
-3
141
BROWN, Simon P
-3
141
13
THELEN, Tim
-2
142
OLDCORN, Andrew
-2
142
MACKENZIE, Malcolm
-2
142
FARRY, Marc
-2
142
WOLSTENHOLME, Gary
-2
142
18
KINGSTON, James
-1
143
FOWLER, Peter
-1
143
SALLAT, Jean Pierre
-1
143
LOMAS, Jonathan
-1
143
22
HARWOOD, Mike
Par
144
ATLEVI, Magnus P
Par
144
24
JOB, Nick
1
145
SHERBORNE, Andrew
1
145
MANSON, Gordon
1
145
CHEETHAM, Jonathan S
1
145
STREETER, Paul
1
145
WESSELINGH, Paul
1
145
EDLUND, Dennis
1
145
31
GOLDING, Philip
2
146
RICHARDSON, Steven
2
146
33
LONGMUIR, Bill
3
147
SUNESON, Carl
3
147
WILSON, Peter T
3
147
TINNING, Steen
3
147
37
WILLIAMS, Chris
4
148
QUIROS, Juan
4
148
CONSER, Barry
4
148
EMERSON, Gary
4
148
CARRILES, José Manuel
4
148
42
MURPHY, James
6
150
FRANCO, Angel
6
150
JOYNER, Glenn
6
150
DAVIS, Mark
6
150
NICHOLS, Mark
6
150
47
MONASTERIO, Cesar
7
151
48
WHARTON, Mark
9
153
BENNETT, Stephen
9
153
GOMEZ, Rafael
9
153
51
MOULAND, Mark
11
155
52
MCALLISTER, Stephen
12
156
53
ROBINSON, Jeremy
17
161
54
EVANS, James Scott
18
162
55
FETISOV (AM), Gleb
30
174