Caldwell happy to plot his way to Celtic Manor contention

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Caldwell happy to plot his way to Celtic Manor contention

Jonathan Caldwell (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Jonathan Caldwell fired a superb second-round bogey free 66 to move within striking distance of the lead at the Celtic Classic in Wales.

The Clandeboye professional plotted his way around the Celtic Manor Resort, taking advantage of the Par 5’s where he carded three of his five birdies.

“I have struggled the last few weeks with the swing to be honest but did some work on trackman last weekend and have managed to fix a few things,” admitted Caldwell after his round.

“It’s not necessarily a course for my game but I’m doing the right things at the right times. Hitting fairways and picking my battles with some very tight pin positions. I am really looking forward to fun weekend regardless of the outcome and I will just keep playing my game”” he added, and at just  three shots off the lead he’s is in a perfect position to pounce.

Ardglass native Cormac Sharvin also went bogey free as he carded a second round 67 to sit in a tie for 26th on four-under par while Gavin Moynihan and Paul McGinley missed the halfway cut.

At the top of affairs and three ahead of Caldwell, Sam Horsfield’s impressive UK Swing form continued and he holds a one stroke lead after the second round.

The Englishman, who won his first European Tour title at the Hero Open a fortnight ago, fired a seven under par round of 64 on the Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor Resort to move one stroke ahead of first-round leader Thomas Pieters of Belgium.

Horsfield was two under for the day standing on the ninth tee but carded four successive birdies around the turn and added two more gains on the 15th and 16th holes. He recovered from a triple bogey on the 17th with an excellent eagle on the 18th hole to sign for an 11-under par total.

Andrew Johnston was four over for his round after five holes, but made an excellent recovery as he finished with an eagle and three birdies on his last four holes. He has a share of third place alongside fellow Englishman Callum Shinkwin and Pieters’ countryman Thomas Detry on nine-under par.

American Sean Crocker, England’s Matthew Jordan and Jake McLeod of Australia are a shot further back on eight under par.

Round Two Scores

131 S HORSFIELD (ENG) 67 64,

132 T PIETERS (BEL) 64 68,

133 A JOHNSTON (ENG) 67 66, T DETRY (BEL) 67 66, C SHINKWIN (ENG) 68 65,

134 J MCLEOD (AUS) 65 69, M JORDAN (ENG) 68 66, S CROCKER (USA) 68 66, J CALDWELL (NIR) 68 66,

135 N ELVIRA (ESP) 66 69, S SODERBERG (SWE) 66 69, C SYME (SCO) 68 67, R ENOCH (WAL) 69 66,

136 S KIM (USA) 66 70, G MIGLIOZZI (ITA) 66 70, W BESSELING (NED) 67 69, J CATLIN (USA) 68 68, J SMITH (ENG) 68 68, A OTAEGUI (ESP) 69 67,

137 A MERONK (POL) 66 71, L GAGLI (ITA) 67 70, M SOUTHGATE (ENG) 67 70, A RAI (ENG) 67 70, J MORRISON (ENG) 67 70, W NIENABER (RSA) 70 67,

138 M WARREN (SCO) 66 72, E MOLINARI (ITA) 66 72, J SJ?HOLM (SWE) 68 70, F LAPORTA (ITA) 69 69, O LENGDEN (SWE) 69 69, J SCRIVENER (AUS) 69 69, S VINCENT (ZIM) 69 69, C HILL (SCO) 70 68, C SHARVIN (NIR) 71 67,

139 S BROWN (ENG) 67 72, M ANTCLIFF (AUS) 68 71, D HORSEY (ENG) 68 71, M SIMONSEN (DEN) 68 71, M KIEFFER (GER) 69 70, J SENIOR (ENG) 69 70, S HEISELE (GER) 69 70, G GREEN (MAS) 70 69, J WALTERS (RSA) 70 69, A COCKERILL (CAN) 70 69, D PERRIER (FRA) 70 69, D BURMESTER (RSA) 71 68, S V?LIM?KI (FIN) 71 68, L DE JAGER (RSA) 71 68, D WHITNELL (ENG) 72 67,

140 T TREE (ENG) 65 75, N COLSAERTS (BEL) 67 73, B STOW (ENG) 68 72, J HARDING (RSA) 69 71, R FOX (NZL) 69 71, M LEE (AUS) 69 71, J DONALDSON (WAL) 70 70, S KJELDSEN (DEN) 70 70, R MCGOWAN (ENG) 70 70, N BERTASIO (ITA) 71 69, R FISHER (ENG) 72 68, A CHESTERS (ENG) 72 68, G FORREST (SCO) 72 68, O FARR (WAL) 73 67, S HEND (AUS) 75 65,

141 P LARRAZ?BAL (ESP) 70 71, J KRUYSWIJK (RSA) 70 71, C PIGEM (ESP) 70 71, A SULLIVAN (ENG) 70 71, B RITTHAMMER (GER) 71 70, T OLESEN (DEN) 71 70, S SHARMA (IND) 71 70, A BJ?RK (SWE) 71 70, J SURI (USA) 72 69, R KARLBERG (SWE) 73 68, A ARNAUS (ESP) 73 68,

142 D COUPLAND (ENG) 67 75, R RAMSAY (SCO) 69 73, J FAHRBRING (SWE) 70 72, L SLATTERY (ENG) 71 71, M CAMPBELL (NZL) 71 71, J LUITEN (NED) 72 70,

143 R ROUSSEL (FRA) 70 73, M FENASSE (FRA) 71 72, C PAISLEY (ENG) 72 71, C SORDET (FRA) 72 71, E DE LA RIVA (ESP) 72 71, A ROZNER (FRA) 72 71, R PARATORE (ITA) 74 69,

144 A KARLSSON (SWE) 69 75, E CUARTERO BLANCO (ESP) 69 75, N VON DELLINGSHAUSEN (GER) 70 74, K KITAYAMA (USA) 70 74, J KRUGER (RSA) 70 74, B EASTON (RSA) 70 74, O FISHER (ENG) 70 74, L SCALISE (ITA) 71 73, K REITAN (NOR) 71 73, B STONE (RSA) 71 73, G PORTEOUS (ENG) 75 69,

145 N H?JGAARD (DEN) 70 75, N LEMKE (SWE) 74 71, G MOYNIHAN (IRL) 74 71, S DODD (WAL) 75 70,

146 Z LOMBARD (RSA) 69 77, S JAMIESON (SCO) 71 75, B POKE (DEN) 74 72, J RITCHIE (RSA) 75 71, L JOHNSTON (SCO) 77 69, O WILSON (ENG) 77 69, L BJERREGAARD (DEN) 78 68,

147 A QUIROS (ESP) 70 77, M KAWAMURA (JPN) 70 77, J CAMPILLO (ESP) 72 75, M ARMITAGE (ENG) 75 72, A CA?IZARES (ESP) 78 69,

148 S GALLACHER (SCO) 73 75, H PORTEOUS (RSA) 73 75, M BALDWIN (ENG) 73 75, L CANTER (ENG) 74 74, R BLAND (ENG) 75 73, B EVANS (ENG) 76 72,

149 J VEERMAN (USA) 72 77, P MCGINLEY (IRL) 75 74,

150 D VAN DRIEL (NED) 75 75, S TILEY (ENG) 75 75,

151 M SCHNEIDER (GER) 72 79, L VAN MEIJEL (NED) 75 76, D HOWELL (ENG) 80 71,

152 A PALMER (ENG) 75 77,

161 A PAVAN (ITA) 79 82,

166 Z MURRAY (AUS) 79 87,

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OUT S GARCIA RODRIGUEZ (ESP) 75 DQ

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