Round Two Report
Paul Dunne will take a three-shot lead into the weekend at the Open de España after firing a brilliant 65 on day two at Centro Nacional de Golf.
The Irishman entered the day with a share of the lead and produced nine birdies on his way to a 13 under total in the Spanish capital, and is now in an excellent position to challenge for a second European Tour title after last season’s victory at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports.
Home favourite Nacho Elvira, six-time European Tour winner Brett Rumford and England’s Callum Shinkwin form the chasing pack at ten under, just one shot clear of World Number Four Jon Rahm, two-time winner Robert Rock, three-time winner Marc Warren and Swede Henric Sturehed.
Local hero Rahm started with an eagle and looked to be on the charge with birdies on the fifth and 11th but he found water with his second on the 12th and surrendered a double-bogey. He bounced straight back with a birdie and picked up another shot on the last after hitting the pin.
Co-overnight leader Warren signed for a 69, turning in 37 but picking up shots on the first, fourth, fifth and seventh. Meanwhile, defending champion Andrew Johnston, German Maximilian Kieffer, Spaniard Pablo Larrazábal, Frenchman Julien Guerrier and Danes Thorbjørn Olesen and Jeff Winther were at eight under.
England’s Andy Sullivan and German Marcel Schneider fired the lowest rounds of the week, carding a pair of 63s to get to six under and five under respectively.
Paul Dunne: “It’s just one of those days. I went on playing, I wasn’t really thinking about the score, then the score kind of built on itself. It was an enjoyable day, obviously the conditions are a lot better and we had better greens this morning than we did yesterday playing early. The score was out there and all three of us shot it.
“I think those late-early starts are good when you are playing well. When you feel good about your game the short turnaround is nice, just finish your round, a bit of dinner, straight to bed and you’re up and going again. I think I benefited from that a little bit. A bit of a longer wait now, but the game is in good shape. I’m feeling good, I feel confident around this course, so hopefully a couple more good rounds to give myself a chance.
“I was doing a good bit of work about six weeks ago and I saw signs on the course that things were getting better in Mexico, but I didn’t play great. Then couple of weeks practice after that in America and it’s nice to see it transfer on to the golf course. I think it’s been trending the right way for a while and then I’ve got a nice run of events here in Europe over the next few weeks as well, so looking forward to that and hopefully just keep doing what I am doing.”
Jon Rahm: “It’s a little bittersweet just because my ball-striking felt amazing. 17 greens, most of the fairways, as long as I was hitting it, it’s hard to hit it better. I was just getting a little frustrated that I didn’t make putts. I had so many close calls, so many putts that I hit close that just didn’t go in, it’s just incredibly frustrating.
“I can say that I have done all I could control, hopefully over the weekend I’ll be able to make a few more putts and give myself a chance. I just need to keep playing the same way I have been, maybe be a little more patient or don’t allow myself to get so frustrated and hope to make a few putts – it’s that simple.
“I can’t even imagine if I play good and I’m in the final group, the amount of people we’re going to have on Sunday. It’s almost scary to think about it. I think everybody wasn’t expecting the amount of people that we have this week. I’m glad that I can help the tournament, I’m glad I can help Spain and Spanish golf in that sense.
“I don’t remember the last time I played a tournament where the first hole is a par five and from the tee all the way to the green there was at least a line of people, and the first hole is not a short hole. It doesn’t happen often, it may happen in Majors – it doesn’t happen at Augusta unless you play with great people – so I can’t help but feel pride and hope that we get more people on the weekend.”
Nacho Elvira: “It was good. My driving was not that good, but this course is very forgiving off the tee and my putting was sharp. The weather a little bit nicer today and I’m happy with a 66.
“I hit a really good drive on five and had 220 yards with the wind. I hit a nice six iron to maybe 20 -25 feet and a great putt. On the next, I hit a pitching wedge to three feet, so two good holes.
I’m going to try to stick to what I’m doing, I’m just trying to enjoy the place, playing in Madrid where I live, with all the crowd, with all the people supporting, so I just try to enjoy.”
Brett Rumford: “It was really cold. It was good though. It was a continuation from the good golf that I played yesterday. I had a couple of bad drives on the back nine which was my front nine but outside of that, it was just some really steady golf. It was really patient golf as well, so my attitude’s been great.
“I think my driving’s been really good. My ball striking has been there, I’ve been playing the par threes well, I’ve been hitting a lot of greens and that’s been pretty much the game today. I feel fresh after a five-week break, so I feel good to go heading into the weekend just three shots back.
“I just want to stick with the game plan. The golf course suits me, there’s not much rough out there, no real pressure to drive it well but it certainly helps with the greens firming up.”
Callum Shinkwin: “It was a blemish-free round, which was nice. I played solidly on the front nine and I just played sensibly on the back nine. I drove the ball very well and I putted very well. Everything’s been pretty solid and I’m very happy with my game at the place where it is now, so hopefully it can continue over the weekend.
“You’re always very happy if you’re near the top of the leaderboard going into the weekend. Having four to six weeks off with no competitive golf, it’s nice to be up there.”
Round Two Scores
131 P Dunne (Irl) 66 65,
134 C Shinkwin (Eng) 67 67, B Rumford (Aus) 68 66, N Elvira (Esp) 68 66,
135 J Rahm (Esp) 67 68, R Rock (Eng) 70 65, M Warren (Sco) 66 69, H Sturehed (Swe) 67 68,
136 P Larrazábal (Esp) 71 65, T Olesen (Den) 68 68, A Johnston (Eng) 68 68, J Winther (Den) 69 67, M Kieffer (Ger) 69 67, J Guerrier (Fra) 67 69,
137 R Cho (Kor) 73 64, G Bourdy (Fra) 70 67, M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 69 68, J Campillo (Esp) 70 67, Y Miyazato (Jpn) 69 68, S Kim (USA) 69 68, M Fraser (Aus) 71 66, B Neil (Sco) 71 66,
138 R Sterne (RSA) 68 70, G Coetzee (RSA) 72 66, D Howell (Eng) 72 66, A Connelly (Can) 72 66, P Angles (Esp) 72 66, E Van Rooyen (RSA) 67 71, A Rai (Eng) 67 71, M Schwab (Aut) 67 71, D Burmester (RSA) 73 65, A Pavan (Ita) 71 67, N Colsaerts (Bel) 71 67, J Norris (Aus) 67 71, A Sullivan (Eng) 75 63, F Aguilar (Chi) 72 66, J Thomson (Eng) 67 71, B Stone (RSA) 71 67,
139 A Björk (Swe) 67 72, A Otaegui (Esp) 69 70, N Bertasio (Ita) 69 70, R Ramsay (Sco) 73 66, T Jaidee (Tha) 72 67, M Baldwin (Eng) 70 69, P Oriol (Esp) 68 71, C Ford (Eng) 70 69, S Han (USA) 70 69, G Green (Mas) 71 68, J Scrivener (Aus) 70 69, T Murray (Eng) 72 67, J Choi (Kor) 70 69, R Gouveia (Por) 69 70, A Cañizares (Esp) 72 67, J Kruyswijk (RSA) 69 70, S Del Val (Esp) 74 65, M Schneider (Ger) 76 63, B Dredge (Wal) 71 68, V Pastor (am) (Esp) 67 72,
140 R Paratore (Ita) 70 70, S Gallacher (Sco) 70 70, S Garcia Rodriguez (Esp) 69 71, S Gros (Fra) 73 67, D Lipsky (USA) 69 71, A Wu (Chn) 70 70, D Fichardt (RSA) 69 71, C Bezuidenhout (RSA) 69 71, P Waring (Eng) 68 72, G Storm (Eng) 70 70, H Tanihara (Jpn) 70 70, T Pulkkanen (Fin) 75 65, M Manassero (Ita) 69 71, J Dantorp (Swe) 73 67, A Wall (Eng) 70 70, T Fisher Jnr (RSA) 68 72,
141 D Drysdale (Sco) 73 68, S Jamieson (Sco) 69 72, R Cabrera Bello (Esp) 73 68, M Foster (Eng) 72 69, S Fernandez (Esp) 71 70, A Quiros (Esp) 70 71, P Widegren (Swe) 71 70, S Brown (Eng) 70 71, P Lawrie (Sco) 76 65, A Arnaus (Esp) 71 70, S Kjeldsen (Den) 69 72, E Goya (Arg) 72 69, F Zanotti (Par) 74 67, M Pavon (Fra) 73 68, S Heisele (Ger) 68 73, J Colomo (Esp) 71 70, L Gagli (Ita) 70 71,
142 C Syme (Sco) 70 72, C Hanson (Eng) 73 69, O Fisher (Eng) 72 70, M Kinhult (Swe) 73 69, J Quesne (Fra) 70 72, J Donaldson (Wal) 71 71, S Tarrio Ben (Esp) 72 70, C Blomstrand (Swe) 73 69, L Canter (Eng) 71 71, N Geyger (Chi) 73 69, E Molinari (Ita) 72 70, E Pepperell (Eng) 77 65, T Detry (Bel) 71 71, J Smith (Eng) 72 70, R Fox (Nzl) 70 72, J Heath (Eng) 71 71, B McKenzie (am) (Eng) 72 70,
143 J Sainz (Esp) 74 69, D Im (USA) 75 68, A Saddier (Fra) 71 72, S Horsfield (Eng) 69 74, N Cullen (Aus) 72 71, A Bland (Aus) 71 72, B Evans (Eng) 71 72, M Nixon (Eng) 74 69, E De La Riva (Esp) 72 71, G Fernandez – Castaño (Esp) 73 70, J Wang (Kor) 73 70, G Havret (Fra) 72 71, R Jacquelin (Fra) 71 72, A Hidalgo (am) (Esp) 72 71,
144 B Hafthorsson (Isl) 77 67, T Aiken (RSA) 75 69, C Koepka (USA) 75 69, P Khongwatmai (Tha) 76 68, A Dodt (Aus) 71 73, R Bland (Eng) 72 72,
145 R McGowan (Eng) 76 69, D Horsey (Eng) 72 73, M Wallace (Eng) 69 76, T Lewis (Eng) 72 73, A Del Rey(am) (Esp) 75 70,
146 L Jensen (Den) 74 72, M Korhonen (Fin) 76 70, A Chesters (Eng) 75 71, O Farr (Wal) 72 74, G Moynihan (Irl) 72 74, V Dubuisson (Fra) 74 72, J Lagergren (Swe) 74 72, J Morrison (Eng) 74 72, J Geary (Nzl) 74 72, N Fasth (Swe) 78 68,
147 F Fritsch (Ger) 70 77, D Brooks (Eng) 74 73, D Kataoka (Jpn) 71 76,
148 Z Lombard (RSA) 72 76, A Garcia-Heredia (Esp) 72 76, S Lee (Kor) 71 77, C Pigem (Esp) 71 77, L Slattery (Eng) 72 76,
149 C Sordet (Fra) 73 76,
150 R Karlsson (Swe) 78 72, R Evans (Eng) 70 80,
152 R McEvoy (Eng) 75 77,
157 J Gonzalez Courtney (Esp) 83 74,