By Nitanti Alur
Photo by Golffie
Cormac Sharvin shot a five under 67 in the second round of the Hero Open at the Marriot Forest of Arden and lies seven under for the tournament. His front nine started well with birdies on two of his first three holes, he sunk another birdie on the par 5, 7th but gave it back on the par 3, 8th and made the turn two under par.
The Ardglass golfer started his back nine poorly with a bogey on the par 4, 11th but recovered well with an eagle on the par 5, 12th. Sharvin sunk two more birdies on the par 3, 15th and par 5, 17th and is currently tied 24th, just six shots off the lead. The Northern Irishman will be looking to continue his fine form and stay in contention to win his maiden European Tour Title.
Gavin Moynihan had a steady front nine with the exception of a bogey on the par 5, 3rd. He had a mixed back nine with a birdie on the par 5, 12th but dropped a shot on the par 4, 14th. He recovered well with birdies on the 15th and 16th to finish one under par for the day which leaves him on level par in the tournament and is two shots shy of making it into the weekend.
Paul Dunne had a strong front nine during round two of the Hero Open. He parred his first three holes until the par 4, 4th which he sunk a birdie, he had another birdie on the par 3, 5th and then two more birdies on the par 5, 7th and par 3, 8th but dropped a shot on the par 4, 9th to make the turn two under.
The 27-year-old had a similar back nine with a birdie on the par 5, 12th but gave it back on the par 4, 13th. He unfortunately had a double bogey on the par 4, 14th but finished well with a birdie on the par 5, 17th. Dunne finished on two under for the day and level par for the tournament, but mistakes from his opening round cost him and he is currently two shots off the cut.
Jonathan Caldwell had a disappointing second round and unfortunately did not make the cut at the Marriot Forest of Arden. He started his front nine with a birdie on the par 4, 2nd but unfortunately could not gain momentum and Things went from bad to worse after he dropped consecutive shots on the 5th, 6th and 7th. He dropped another shot on the par 4, 9th to make the turn three over par.
The Clandeboye golfer had a similar back nine with a double bogey on the par 4, 13th and finished his round with a birdie on the par 5, 17th to finish on 4 over for the day and three over for the tournament.
Sam Horsfield moved into contention heading into the weekend at the Hero Open, a superb nine under 63 which included a hole-out eagle taking him to the top of the leaderboard alongside Spaniard Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.
The Englishman is looking to become the first home player since Lee Westwood in 1998 to win the event, which was formerly known as the English Open. "Holing a wedge from 110 yards on four was an obvious highlight! I just got on a bit of a roll, birdied the par five 12th, then holed a nice 20 footer on 15 and ended up with a nine under round." he added
"I was a little disappointed not to birdie the third, but then obviously to hole out eagle on four made up for that and set the day up. It was good fun. I’m just having fun, it’s nice to be playing tournament golf again, it’s been a while for everyone and I’m just thankful of that, to get some tournaments going. I’ve been looking forward to it for a while and I’m just enjoying it." Horsfield said
"It’s different out here, not the same as what we’re used to but it’s just the world that we’re living in at the moment and you’ve just got to make the most of. We have a great opportunity to come out here and play tournament golf and I’m thankful that the European Tour and everyone involved have been able to make that happen."
"It’s going to be fun. It’s been a minute since I’ve been in contention but looking back on my college days I know it’s going to be a lot of fun." Horsfield added
He got off to the perfect start on day two at Forest of Arden Marriott Golf and Country Club, opening with a birdie before holing his wedge approach from 110 yards at the fourth hole. Back to back birdies at the sixth and seventh had him five under at the turn and four birdies on the back nine moved him into a share of the lead on 13 under par.
First round leader Garcia Rodriguez showed no signs of nerves after opening the tournament with a course record 62, as he picked up five birdies including one at the par three 18th hole en route to a three under second round 69.
“Today the wind was tough, it was a lot windier and the pin positions were a little more complicated than yesterday. But today I played very solid from the tee which was the key to only two bogeys and keeping solid." Rodriguez said
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“The yesterday was the putter, today it was difficult with the irons to get it pin high because it was so windy, but I’m so happy with my round today. It was very important to birdie the last two holes. It was in my mind to his a good drive on 17, it wasn’t perfect but a good line. I had an eagle in my mind with an eight iron in my hands, but it was a little right so it was a good birdie." added Rodriguez
“On 18 I played a seven iron and it was a perfect putt. I need to do the same now, go to the players’ lounge, eat some food and hit the gym, then come out tomorrow for the same.” Rodriguez explained
The two leaders were three strokes clear of the nearest challenger, Belgium's Thomas Detry, who carded a second successive 67 for a ten under total.
Thomas Detry said "It was quite windy at the start and the greens firmed up a little bit but I was three under after six holes and I didn’t birdie the par five seventh, which is almost a par four for us, and then went bogey-bogey with actually some great shots."
"So it was actually alright, I made a good birdie on 10 that got me going again and I got some momentum and managed to finish five under which I’m very pleased with. I actually played great last week, I really struggled on the greens, I seemed to find something on the greens this week. I’ve been hitting a lot of fairways, the driver is acting well so I’m looking forward to the next few days."Detry added