Liam Bond leads the European Tour ISPS Handa Wales Open at the half way stage on the The Celtic Manor Resort course.
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Liam was able take good advantage of being home town favourite, shooting a second round -3 under par 68 and lead the tournament by one shot at -5 under par. On a tough day at Celtic Manor he was one of only a handful of players who broke par 71 on the firm course.
As he lives only a short distance away from the course and was lucky to get a late call up to this tournament as he lost his playing card in 2011. Liam says he is now playing well;
“I’m playing way better than when I had my card in 2011. If I was on tour this year I would be loving it, but I put myself under a lot of pressure when I was on the tour. I feel my game is still pretty good and I only found out I was playing on Wednesday afternoon, so I didn’t have any time to over-prepare like I have done in the past. The pressure is off because I’m not trying to keep my card. I only live 10 minutes down the road so it’s nice to be so close to home. I’ll be at home with my slippers on this afternoon and a nice cup of tea.”
Yesterdays leader Espen Kofstad, was playing once again with Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, but failed to repeat the heroics of his first round, scrambling to card +3 over par and a -4 under par total. Tiaart Van Der Walt scored an even par round and shares second place with Espen on that -4 under par total.
Paul McGinley had a good second round of -3 under par and now shares 4th place on that score with; Peter Uihein, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Graeme Storm and Grégory Bourdy.
Paul stated how hard the course was;
“It was a challenge, there’s no doubt about it, you had to be patient. It was tough and it’s understandable that the scoring is quite moderate. I have been playing well for a few months and have not turned it into a result. I could do with a good result. I played lovely controlled golf and hopefully the wind blows at the weekend. It’s very bunched as most leaderboards are now on The European Tour. You have got to play well.”
Joint best score of the day went to Graeme Storm, a -4 under par 67, which catapulted him up the leaderboard;
“My hitting has not been great but the putter is hot. It has not felt like that in a long time but over the last few weeks has been great, and the chipping is feeling good. I just need to sharpen up the long game.”
Among those missing the cut, set at +4 over par, were; José María Olazabal, Grégory Haveret, Philip Price, Scott Hend, Shiv Kapur, Simon Khan, Fabrizio Zanotti, Michael Campbell and last weeks winner,Tommy Fleetwood