There are two players tied at the top of the Lyoness Open after 36 holes at the Diamond Country Club in Austria. Zander Lombard, shares the honor with Grégory Bourdy.
Zander shot a second round -2 under par 70 in very windy conditions to share the half-way lead of the Lyoness Open with Grégory, who went one better carding -3 under 69, which equaled the low round score of the day. Both players have -7 under par tournament totals and lead the field by just one shot.
Zander, from South Africa, spoke about the tough winds, and mentioned that his score could have been better except for a three putt;
“It was so brutal with the wind out there today. Club selection was absolutely crucial and with the pins positions today, they were tough with the wind direction.”
“I was really hitting great shots on the front nine with just a few misjudgments with the winds on the back nine which cost me a few shots.”
“A little three putt and a bad pitch and that’s all it was. The rest was solid and I’m very happy to be in this position for the weekend.”
I holed a six footer at the first, missed a ten footer on two and made a great par on three.”
“My momentum got me going then and I made three birdies in a row, so it was just a matter of hitting great shots and a few putts went in.”
Grégory also told reporters how difficult it was today, and how pleased he was with his effort;
“It was a great day again today.”
“”It was quite difficult this morning with the wind again, it was blowing harder than yesterday so I would say it was more difficult than yesterday, so I’m very happy to shoot a 69 and finish with a nice birdie on the ninth.”
Gary Stal sits in third place, a second round -1 under par 71 giving that spot on his own at -6 under par, blaming the wind for not doing better, but was happy overall;
“Today was a very tough day but my game was there.”
“I played very well, just missed one shot and made double bogey but I’m happy with how I played.”
Borja Virto, from Spain, matched the low round of the day, -3 under 69, is a further shot back on -5 under, while his countryman and first round leader Adrian Otaegui is in the group on -4 under after carding a double bogey and two bogeys on his way to recording a second round +4 over par 76.
Defending Champion Chris Wood scored a second consecutive round -1 under 71 to be -2 under for the tournament.