Round 2 Victory for Victor Pastor Rufian
Suez (Egypt), February 19, 2020 – At the end of Round 2 of the Ein Bay Open, the Spanish rookie, Victor Pastor Rufian moves to the top of the leader board at -9 (135) for the two rounds here at the Sokhna Golf Club.
Rufian, who finished 12th at the 2019 Qualifying School, started the day in joint 6th place after a first-round score of -4 (68). Going out, he had some ups and downs, starting with a par 4 on the 1st then bogeying the 5th. He settled down to make 4 pars in a row then shifted gear for 2 birdies one after the other but stalled with a bogey 5 on the 9th to come in at par 35 for the front nine.
On the back nine he switched to turbo with a total of 6 birdies and just one bogey to card a 32 (-5) and a total of 67 (-5) for the day.
In joint second place is Lars Keunen from the Netherlands and Tomas Santos Silva from Portugal, both with an overall -8 (136) for the 36 holes.
Keunen moved up one slot from yesterday’s third place finish. His single birdie on the front nine couldn’t forgive the two bogeys and he ended with a +1 (36) but a splendid eagle and two birdies on the back nine gave him a -3 (34) despite another two bogey for a total of 70 (-2) for the round.
Santos Silva climbed up from joint fourth place after the first round with 2 birdies, 6 pars and one bogey going out for a -1 (34). His bogey-free back nine and two birdies gave him a -2 (35) and 69 (-3) for the day.
Yesterday’s joint leaders, Arthur Ameil-Planchin from Switzerland and Jeong Weon Ko from France round out the top five, sharing fourth position with -7 (137) at the completion of play today. They both carded a par 72 at the end of today’s 18 holes.
Ko teed off early this morning and scored a +1 (36) on the front with two birdies and a bogey. He duplicated the score on the back nine with just one bogey and two birdies for a -1 (36).
Ameil-Planchin was off the tee shortly after midday and one birdie and a bogey gave him a par 35 for the first half. A magnificent eagle on the par 5 8th helped offset the two bogeys enabling him to end the incoming nine with a par 37.
The next players behind the top five are at -4 (140): Giulio Castagnara from Italy and Angel Hidalgo Portillo from Spain. Both players are in their second Alps Tour season and are closely tailed by a group of 7 players all at -3 (141).
The cut came at +2 (146) for 36 holes and of the 44 players who made the cut, all are professionals.
The third and final round hits the fairway at 7:45 am local time tomorrow and the last flight departs at 11:00 am. With the weather forecast to be mainly sunny and a high of 21°C, conditions look perfect for what should be a closely fought battle for the Ein Bay Open title here in Suez.
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