Tue. Nov 19th, 2019

Birdies Festival in Turkey

He Turkish Airlines Open It has remained red Friday. Golfers have shamelessly vilified the route of the Montgomerie Maxx Royal on the second day of the tournament. To climb positions it was not enough to do under par, a lot of birdies were needed on another day of benevolent conditions, with sun and without wind, which players have taken advantage of perfectly. The average blows this Friday was a stratospheric 68.8 hits thanks to the 303 birdies that have achieved the 75 participants. More than 4 on average, a real festival.

The best lap of the week so far has been signed by one of the fashion names in European golf. Nine birdies and nine pairs, the perfect balance for any golfer, has been what the left-hander has signed Robert MacIntyre In the second round. A real wonder although not even perfection has earned the Scotsman to perch to the top of the ranking.

The place of honor occupies it for now Matthias Schwab. The young Austrian, another revelation of the year, achieved the solo lead with -12 thanks to a last birdie in the more than affordable hole 18. Thanks to his success, Schwab will leave this Saturday with a blow of advantage over a group of Four players: Fisher, Willett, Detry and Noren.

Of them, English Ross Fisher He signed an extraordinary 64 strokes and is returning the confidence placed to the organization of the tournament, which gave him one of the few invitations he had. Swedish Alex Noren, meanwhile, seeks a win in Turkey that allows it to boast of having won at least one tournament in the last five seasons.

One of the few holes in the course designed by Colin Montgomerie able to stand up to the players was the hole 5. A pair of 200 meters with water that both the first day and the second has been the most difficult of the whole field. Hence the even greater merit of Pablo Larrazábal, who signed the second hole in one of his European Tour career with an iron 4 that ended up in the hole. "It makes me very excited," he repeated happily. A shame his last hole, a double bogey in 9 with water included, which prevented him from climbing positions and approaching his great goal of qualifying for the Dubai final.

Pablo Larrazábal's smile

Pablo Larrazábal's smile
(Warren Little / Getty)

Following with the participation of the Navy, Jorge Campillo settled as the best Spanish with his 68 strokes, which put him with a total of -8, four of the head. Two bogeys, in 8 and 16, prevented Extremadura from signing a better lap. Nacho Elvira, meanwhile, delivered a 67-hit card for a total of -6. that allow him to still dream of a little miracle.

One of the great favorites of the public, which at the moment does not go precisely in mass to the Maxx Royal, is only two blows of the head. Justin rose He barely committed a bogey on another good day of golf that keeps him in the top positions with the possibility of repeating title a third time more alive than ever.

Turkish Airlines Open

Classification after the second day

1. Matthias Schwab (Aut), -12

2. Ross Fisher (Ing), -11

2. Danny Willett (Ing), -11

2. Thomas Detry (Bel), -11

2. Alex Noren (Sue), -11

…fifteen. Jorge Campillo (Eng), -8

… 33. Nacho Elvira (Eng), -6

…Four. Five. Adrián Otaegui (Eng), -3

… 52. Pablo Larrazábal (Eng), -2

… 52. Adri Arnaus (Eng), -2

… 72. Álvaro Quirós (Esp), +3

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