Stefano Pitoni Pulls Ahead Round 2
April 29th, 2021 – Perugia, Italy. The Italian player, Stefano Pitoni managed to pull ahead to take sole lead today at the Antognolla Alps Open on -8 (134). He had a flawless round with ne’er a bogey in sight but a little short on birdies to give him a more comfortable margin, three on the front nine:
“I was very good from tee to green and hit 18 greens in regulation. I had many putts for birdie, but I was not as good as yesterday on the greens. I tend to play defensively to try to hit the fairways because I’m not very long. On this course it helps to be strong because many bunkers have been put around 250 metres and to fly them you need to go long, and as I cannot do it, I need to hit straight! Tomorrow I will think shot by shot, not looking at the leader board and try to stay as calm as possible”.
Yesterday’s joint leader, Spanish amateur Joel Moscatel, battled all the way to keep in contention. Off from the 1st he carded a birdie followed by a bogey, got back in the swing with another birdie, turning for home at -6 after one more birdie and a bogey. Two opening birdies on the back nine put him even with the leader but a bogey on the 13th with its tricky two-level green set him back a shot. His next six holes were error-free, but he did not manage to pull another birdie out of the bag to level and finished on -7 (135).
In third place on -6 (136), Jacopo Vecchi Fossa continued his recent form. The Italian was in the same flight as Moscatel and had an inauspicious start with a bogey on the 1st. He quickly demonstrated his focus by a birdie immediately afterwards, then two more to turn for home at -4. His game kept flowing with 3 more birdies until he ran into trouble on the 14th and 15th where he bogeyed both but scraped a point back with a birdie on the 17th.
Filippo Bergamaschi from Italy lies in fourth on -5 (137) and had a front nine with all the colours of the scoring rainbow; 1 eagle, 3 birdies, 3 bogeys, 2 pars. He headed for home on -4, sank a birdie on the 14th, lost the advantage with a bogey on the 16th but finished the round with a birdie on the 18th.
At -4 (138) are David Ravetto from France and Alex Esmatges from Spain. The Spaniard was one of only two today to card a 65 (-6), the lowest daily round score for the tournament so far, Pierre Pineau from France on -3 (139) being the other player.
Similar statistics to yesterday with 29 players breaking par, 10 coming in at par and 6 eagles on the Antognolla Golf course. The cut came at 143 (+1) with 45 pros and 6 amateurs making it through to tomorrow’s final.
The weather forecast for the final day looks promising with no rain, mild conditions if a little overcast. It just remains to see if Stefano Pitoni can keep his head and stay ahead to claim his first victory on the Alps Tour since 2016.
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