Angel Hidalgo Portillo Pumps Up the Pressure Day 2
June 17th, 2021 – Como, Italy. Lots of movement at the top of the leader board today as the players continue a close battle to claim victory here at the Memorial Giorgio Bordoni by AON. An outstanding round by Angel Hidalgo Portillo put him in the lead on -11 (129) after scoring the lowest round so far in the competition with a 63 (-7), one of three players to achieve this today.
The Spaniard started the round in style with par, birdie, eagle. He finished the outward nine with two more birdies and his sole bogey of the day. Three more birdies coming home, and the top place was his: “I played exactly the same way as yesterday but today I holed a few putts and that made the difference. I think I hit my wedges a little better today which allowed me to put the ball closer to the hole and so easier to make some putts. The driver is also one of my strong points and I think that is an advantage on this type of course”.
Winner of his first Alps Tour tournament a month ago at the Ein Bay Open in this, his second year on the circuit, has boosted his confidence and helped his strategy for tomorrow: “When I won in Egypt it took a lot of pressure off me and so tomorrow, I’ll just enjoy it and see what happens”.
The Spanish player nudged his compatriot Victor Garcia Broto into second place. The Barcelona amateur finished the morning round at -10 (130) after a superb 64 (-6) for the day. He temporarily took the lead after carding seven birdies and one bogey: “I started really well. I was hitting the ball well yesterday and today. Today I started holing putts at the beginning and it was pretty much a controlled round during the whole day. I’m putting the ball in place on the fairway and as the fairways are pretty tight that’s a main point. Tomorrow, I’m going to go out there like the past two days, try to focus on my thing and go shot by shot”.
Still well in contention in joint third place is Jack Floydd on -9 (131). The Englishman narrowly missed joint second place as he headed to the eighteenth on -10 after an eagle, four birdies and a bogey but his second bogey of the day saw him fall back a shot. Sharing the spot with him is the amateur player Leonardo Rigamonti from Italy. The Lombardy native had a faultless 63 (-7) with not a bogey in sight, an eagle on the par five 8th and five birdies.
Rounding out the top ten on -8 (132), are three French players; Franck Medale who carded a 64 (-6), Romain Guillon and Romain Vallaeys who both shot 66 (-4). Joining them are the Austrian Uli Weinhandl with a 65 (-5) and Arthur Ameil-Planchin from Switzerland who had a 67 (-3).
The contest remains tight though as there are eight players within 5 shots of the leader including yesterday’s leader Vince Van Veen who played to par and Sebastien Gandon from France who was the third player to make a 63 (-7) today. If we take seven under as the benchmark from today it leaves the field wide open as the cut came at -2 (138).
The final round will see 54 players teeing off tomorrow, 43 pros and 11 amateurs with the first flights heading out at 8:00 am and the last ones at 9:28 am. The temperatures will hit a high of 31°C/88°F with a strong chance of showers and the possibility of a thunderstorm. Let’s hope the weather doesn’t disrupt another exciting 18 holes here at the GC Pinetina.
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