Peter Hedblom is still hoping he can avoid the trip to Q School, he is now alone at the top of the leaderboard in the ISPS Handa Perth International.
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Peter shot a second round -3 under par 69, at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course, giving him a tournament total of -7 under par, a two shot advantage over his nearest competitor. He admits he loves the idea of a fairy tale victory;
“Definitely, I love fairy tales, my best friend on Tour, Michael Jonzon, in 2009 he was like me, way back and needed to win. I think he needed top three in Castellón in 2009, which was his last tournament, and he won it, beat Martin Kaymer. That was a fairytale story. It’s been two great days, But my golf is strange right now, because I hit really good shots, and some really poor shots, but my putting has been good. So it’s great right now to be leading. It’s been a while, 2009 was my last win, but I know I have the game to do it. Right now would be good. We’ll see, I think the closer you get to Sunday it’s going to be harder. I don’t really have anything to lose. If I want to play another full year on Tour, I need to win. You just have to go for it and have fun.”
In second place on his own at -5 under par is Ross Fisher, who carded a second round of -5 under par following his open even par round. Ross has his own agenda, he is currently 65th in The Race to Dubai and looking to break into the top 60, the players who will earn a place in next month’s DP World Tour Championship;
“I want to try and get in the top 60, It would be for me a great achievement having played the first half of the year in the States. My first tournament in Europe counting wise wasn’t till May.
So I’ve always been playing catch up, but I can be really proud of how I’ve played the second half of the year. A good week here, hopefully that gets me into next week in China. Not out of the question if I won this week, hopefully that would put me into the HSBC, that would be huge. There are some big tournaments left. Obviously this week first and hopefully I can do enough here to get myself into next week, possibility the HSBC, Turkey and Dubai.
The ultimate goal would be to get myself into Dubai, but I need to play very well this week to allow myself to try and get into next week.”
Sóren Hansen was a member of Nick Faldo’s Ryder Cup team in 2008, he is one of five players tied in third place at -4 under par. Sóren is in the top 40 career earners and thus exempt for next year, he is in a safe position;
“Obviously that relaxes me a little bit and I feel for the guys who are playing for their privilege to play on The European Tour. I played with Oliver Fisher and he’s played really, really good the last two days, shot level par, but should probably have been a lot better really. I feel for him and hope he can have a good week.”