West Waterford’s Gary Hurley struggled to back up his opening round effort at the Alps Tour’s Winter Series event at Golf Nazionale but he’s not without hope ahead of the final round in Italy.
After opening with a four-under 68, Hurley’s second round of three-over 75 was littered with bogeys – six in total – with three cancelled out by birdies on the first, eighth and ninth holes before eventually signing for his 75.
All-told, Hurley sits in a tie for tenth at one-under, five shots back of Swiss player Mathias Eggenberger who heads the field by two at six-under par.
Naas pro Jonathan Yates meanwhile bounced back from a two-over round of 74 with four birdies in a one-under 71 to comfortably make the cut in a tie for 21st at one-over.
It’s been a tricky scoring week in Roma but with the 36-hole magic number falling at three-over par, The Island’s Paul McBride was the only other Irishman to guarantee himself a pay-cheque after carding three birdies but also two double-bogeys in a second round 76.
David Carey was unlucky to fall one shot outside the cut mark at plus-four with Simon Bryan (+7), Conor Purcell & Michael Young at (+8) and Luke Donnelly completing the Irish scoring at 11-over.
However, at the top, it’s all about Swissman Eggenberger, who had his ever-best result here at Golf Nazionale last October when he finished on 2nd place during the Golf Nazionale Alps Open, confirmed he knows how to play in hard conditions and carded a daily score of 71 strokes which took him to the first place at -6:
“It was a tough day. Greens are very slopey and the firmness makes it more complicated. However, I’m proud of my game and I hope I’ll can repeat today’s game also tomorrow.”
- Full scoring HERE