Sharpshooter Sharvin fires himself into Geneva contention

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Sharpshooter Sharvin fires himself into Geneva contention

Cormac Sharvin (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

Cormac Sharvin fired his second successive bogey-free round when taking route 66 to the clubhouse to move into contention at the halfway stage of the Rolex Trophy in Switzerland.

The 26-year old has been riding on the crest of a wave this season and has no intention of letting up after moving to a 10-under par total that puts him just three shots back of the lead.

Currently occupying one of the precious top-15 spots that will be assured of European Tour graduation next season, the Ardglass professional compiled his stunning score with six birdies to grab a share of fifth at the limited field event.

Following the success of the ISPS Handa World Invitational Men | Women, Presented by Modest! Golf Management last week, where men and women played for equal prize funds, the Rolex Trophy brings another different format as the top 39 ranked players, plus one invite, play alongside amateurs in the four-day Pro-Am contest.

Sharvin now finds himself trailing Nicolai von Dellingshausen who recorded the joint low round of the week to hold a two-shot lead heading into Friday at Golf Club de Genève.

The German, who finished tied fifth at the Made in Denmark Challenge presented by FREJA two weeks ago, followed up his opening round of 69 in Geneva with a ten under par round of 62 – his lowest professional round of his career – to top the leaderboard at the end of day two.

Von Dellingshausen began quickly with back-to-back birdies from the first hole before making four consecutive gains from the fifth, reaching the turn in 30 strokes, six under par, to race up the leaderboard.

The assault on the Golf Club de Genève course continued on the back nine, starting with a birdie at the tenth before picking up another at the par four 14th.

With Calum Hill, Adrian Meronk and Ricardo Santos in the clubhouse at 11 under par, the 26-year-old finished birdie-birdie-par to card a bogey-free round of 62 and take the Rolex Trophy lead at the halfway stage.

“It is the best round of my career,” said von Dellingshausen.

“I’m really happy with the way I played today and the position I’m in for the next two days. But I’m trying not to think about that as there is still a lot of golf to be played, but hopefully I can carry this momentum forward.

“It was one of those days. I had a great Pro-Am team and they were hyped throughout the day and I managed to stay focussed, but they were cheering me on to get a couple more birdies. It was a really good day.

“I started off on the first, driving my tee shot just short of the green with a three wood, pitching it a touch long but I holed the putt for birdie. I was holing a lot of medium distance putts from three to four metres. I was very solid from tee to green and gave myself chances, plus I made a couple of really good putts which found the hole.”

Hill, who has won twice during the 2019 European Challenge Tour season, is going in search of his third win, and with that, immediate promotion to the European Tour. He carded a six under par round of 66 to share second place with Meronk and Santos, who recorded rounds of 67 and 66, respectively.

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