WINSTONgolf Senior Open R2

Olazábal on course for debut Staysure Tour title

July 19-21
WINSTONopen Course, WINSTONgolf, Vorbeck, Germany
€350,000
Round 1, Round 3


José María Olazábal will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the WINSTONgolf Senior Open after recording a second consecutive round of 66, six under par, which included a hole-in-one.

WINSTONgolf Senior Open R2 - Olazábal on course for debut Staysure Tour title
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The 2012 Ryder Cup Captain carded his lowest round on the over-50s circuit at WINSTONgolf on day one and followed up his opening round of 66 with another six under par round to sit in pole position for his first Staysure Tour win.

Olazábal began his second round from the tenth hole and made his first birdie of the day on the par-four 13th but relinquished the shot on the following hole, making the turn at level par.

However, the Spaniard raced into the lead on the back nine with gains on the first and third – his tenth and 12th – before holing his tee shot on the 162-yard par-three fourth, as overnight leader Esteban Toledo fell away. With his confidence high following his seventh career hole-in-one, the two-time Masters Tournament winner recorded two further gains to sit in the clubhouse at 12 under par at the end of day two.


With 18 holes left to play at WINSTONgolf and a debut Staysure Tour title in sight, Olazábal is ready for a final day battle.

“I haven’t won a senior event yet so it would be fantastic to win one,” he said. “It would be fantastic if it happened, but I have other things in my mind which I’m looking out for and that is producing good shots, especially when the pressure is on.

“The round didn’t start especially well today. I shot level par on the back nine – my front nine – then all of a sudden, I had a great run of holes.

“On three I put it close to make birdie there, then on the fourth I hit a wonderful six iron to make a hole-in-one. I hit a poor tee shot on five and I was lucky to make a four on that hole. Then I hit two good shots on six and seven to make two birdies. It was one of those days where I got my score in five holes.

“I’m looking for consistency by putting good scores together and hitting good shots, they are my goals at the moment. I know I’m not 100 per cent confident with my swing right now but I managed to hit a few good shots and the bad ones that I hit didn’t cost me dearly. Hopefully I can keep doing that.

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“The challenge is going to come, no doubt. Bernhard Langer is a very steady player and has a fantastic record, so I know I will have to play very well because I know he will be pushing hard to try and win.”

England’s Gary Wolstenholme sits in second place, three strokes behind the Spaniard after signing for a bogey-free four under par round of 68, while Olazábal expects the biggest challenge to come from home favourite and two-time Major Champion Langer on the final day.

The German recorded a four under par round of 68 and sits at eight under par, four shots behind Olazábal, alongside Phillip Price of Wales and Englishman Jamie Spence after their rounds of 66 and 69, respectively. The third and final round of the WINSTONgolf Senior Open gets under way at 8:36am local time, with Olazábal teeing off alongside Langer and Wolstenholme at 10:15am.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
OLAZÁBAL José María
ESP
-12
66
66
132
2
WOLSTENHOLME Gary
ENG
-9
67
68
135
3
LANGER Bernhard
GER
-8
68
68
136
3
PRICE Phillip
WAL
-8
70
66
136
3
SPENCE Jamie
ENG
-8
67
69
136
6
WIRATCHANT Thaworn
THA
-7
66
71
137
7
BAKER Peter
ENG
-6
66
72
138
7
DENNIS Clark
USA
-6
70
68
138
7
KINGSTON James
RSA
-6
69
69
138
7
TOLEDO Esteban
MEX
-6
64
74
138
11
ATLEVI Magnus P
SWE
-5
69
70
139
11
BOSSERT André
SUI
-5
71
68
139
11
GOLDING Philip
ENG
-5
70
69
139
11
REMESY Jean-François
FRA
-5
70
69
139
11
SHACKLADY David
ENG
-5
68
71
139
16
OLDCORN Andrew
SCO
-4
70
70
140
17
CHAPMAN Roger
ENG
-3
67
74
141
17
LUNA Santiago
ESP
-3
70
71
141
19
EVANS Gary
ENG
-2
71
71
142
19
LANE Barry
ENG
-2
72
70
142
19
OLSEN Dan
USA
-2
66
76
142
19
ORR Gary
SCO
-2
67
75
142
19
TINNING Steen
DEN
-2
69
73
142
19
WILLIAMS Chris
RSA
-2
68
74
142
25
COCERES José
ARG
-1
72
71
143
25
FOWLER Peter
AUS
-1
71
72
143
25
RICHARDSON Steven
ENG
-1
72
71
143
25
SANDELIN Jarmo
SWE
-1
72
71
143
25
STREETER Paul
ENG
-1
71
72
143
30
DRUMMOND Ross
SCO
0
71
73
144
30
SUNESON Carl
ESP
0
75
69
144
32
ARCHBOLD Paul
AUS
1
70
75
145
32
BRIER Markus
AUT
1
72
73
145
32
CARRILES José Manuel
ESP
1
70
75
145
32
DODD Stephen
WAL
1
69
76
145
32
JOB Nick
ENG
1
74
71
145
32
SHERBORNE Andrew
ENG
1
71
74
145
38
BROWN Simon P
ENG
2
74
72
146
38
MOLINA Mauricio
ARG
2
69
77
146
38
THELEN Tim
USA
2
72
74
146
41
FARRY Marc
FRA
3
77
70
147
41
GILFORD David
ENG
3
75
72
147
41
GOMEZ Rafael
ARG
3
70
77
147
41
MACKENZIE Malcolm
ENG
3
73
74
147
41
MCGOVERN Brendan
IRL
3
73
74
147
41
MOULAND Mark
WAL
3
73
74
147
47
DAVIS Mark
ENG
4
76
72
148
48
LITTLE Stuart
ENG
5
75
74
149
48
WESSELINGH Paul
ENG
5
72
77
149
50
CARBONETTI Luis
ARG
6
74
76
150
50
MARKS Gary
ENG
6
81
69
150
50
QUIROS Juan
ESP
6
75
75
150
53
LOMAS Jonathan
ENG
8
78
74
152
53
LONGMUIR Bill
SCO
8
76
76
152
53
STRÜVER Sven
GER
8
75
77
152
56
MCNULTY Mark
IRL
9
78
75
153
56
ROCCA Costantino
ITA
9
79
74
153
58
SADDINGTON Alan
SCO
10
79
75
154
59
EMERSON Gary
ENG
14
80
78
158
60
WALTON Philip
IRL
15
79
80
159