ASH (England): Unheralded Michael Lorenzo-Vera grabbed a share of the lead as three French musketeers stole the show in the European Open second round on Friday.
Lorenzo-Vera and Indian Jeev Milkha Singh hit matching 69s to set the pace on eight-under 136, one ahead of birthday boy Anthony Wall of Britain (69) and France’s Christian Cevaer (70).
The shot of the day belonged to 27-year-old Frenchman Gregory Bourdy who recorded the second hole-in-one of the tournament to return a 70 for 141.
The former Mallorca Classic and Portuguese Open champion matched Briton John Bickerton’s ace on Thursday at the 194-yard, par-three third when he used a five-iron at the same hole.
With a swirling breeze making it a tough day for scoring at a sun-baked London Club, Lorenzo-Vera decided the best way to press his claims for a first tour win was to hole virtually everything in sight on the greens.
“My putting is really good,” the 24-year-old said after taking only 24 putts. “I just need to hit more greens in regulation because I can hole from everywhere.”
Triple tour winner Jeev Milkha Singh suffered a roller-coaster of emotions over the closing three holes.
The 37-year-old found trouble at the 16th and avoided a costly double-bogey six by rolling in a 20-foot putt.
Jeev Milkha Singh chipped in from thick rough for an audacious birdie two at the next but an errant tee shot then led to a bogey five at the last.
“I’m happy with my 69,” he said. “I’d take that in these conditions any day. — Reuters