Alvaro Quiros made four closing birdies in a 64 that handed him a two-shot lead at the midway point of The Rocco Forte Open – Verdura, Sicily.
Here, we take a look at what some of the chasing pack had to say after their second rounds.
Michael Hoey (68, -13)
“It was hard towards the end, I used up a lot of adrenaline yesterday. I hadn’t been in that position for a long time, to feel nervous on the golf course. I was a little bit tired on the last seven or eight holes. I got it in in kind of level par the last few holes which was decent and it was tricky in the wind. It’s all about the next two days, I’m in a good position.”
Sebastian Soderberg (68, -13)
“It’s a little windier today so I think three under is a good score. Driving hasn’t been a strength of my game recently but I’ve been working on so it’s becoming a good asset for me. I just need to remind myself what position I’m in. You can’t really focus too much on the leaderboard. I’ve just got to keep taking it one shot at a time which I’ve been doing pretty well for the last few days. There’s still half the tournament left so I just need to play my golf.”
David Horsey (66, -12)
“I’m obviously very pleased, it was a little tougher today, the wind was up this morning and it’s a lot harder to get it close on that back nine. I didn’t play quite as well but I managed to get it on the fairway and I gave myself plenty of birdie chances. I probably could have holed a few more early on and I missed a couple of chances but I had a couple of nice putts too so I think five under is a fair reflection. It’s fantastic here, we’re spoiled really. It’s a great golf course, the hotel, the views, the weather – everything is perfect. It’s a great place and I’ll definitely be coming back in the future.”
Zander Lombard (68, -12)
“It was definitely a tale of two nines. The wind picked up on the back nine and I just struggled to predict the wind. I was just too far from the pins and I was two-putting the whole time. I feel like I actually played well but didn’t quite get the score. There were two short birdie putts that I missed early in the round and that stunted my momentum. I fought well for it and just had two soft dropped shots. I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend. I’m happy with my performance, it was just a solid round but I didn’t quite get close enough.”
Mark Foster (64, -11)
“I was surprised how windy it was first thing but you’ve got to get on with it and it almost focused me. It got me going. The wind is a slightly different direction so there’s three or four holes which are a good two or three clubs longer with tough greens, apart from those it’s not too bad but it’s how well you play those holes. I’m not playing enough where my short game is where I want it to be but I’m playing solid, so if I can keep doing that and put my short game in with it, I’ve got a chance of a good week somewhere. A win is longer than overdue.”
Raphaël Jacquelin (62, -11)
“I played really solid. At the beginning I hit really close to the pin and I managed to hole the short putts today compared to yesterday and that makes all the difference. I’m here to win for sure. I tried to hit a low round today to come back on the score because we knew it was going to be low if the wind didn’t blow but for the weekend it might be different. I would love to get some wind because I’m normally pretty good in the wind. I’ll try to do my best and try to get close to Alvaro.”