Caldwell one behind at Scottish Challenge as he continues his impressive resurgence

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Jonathan Caldwell (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Jonathan Caldwell continued his great form at the Scottish Challenge, posting a second consecutive round in the 60’s to sit one shot off the leader, American Jordan Gumberg.

Caldwell, who won the 2021 Scandinavian Mixed on the DP World Tour, followed his opening round 66 with a three under par 68 to sit on 8-under-par as he goes in search of a return to the top tier.

“It’s really about keeping it in the fairway. I haven’t hit a lot of drivers this week – it’s not the longest of courses but if you hit it in the trees, you’re hitting out sideways,” said Caldwell


“I’ve been in the final few groups in the last couple of weeks so my game is getting better and better and I’m looking forward to another late tee time tomorrow.”

28-year-old American Gumberg round included six birdies and an eagle at the par five 16th after hitting a nine iron to 25 feet and subsequently holing the putt.

“I played well a couple of weeks ago in Ireland so I am trying to ride that wave. I holed very little yesterday so it was nice to see some putts go in,” he said.

Scots David Law and Sandy Scott are a shot further back on seven under par. Law, currently ranked 109th on the Race to Dubai Presented by Rolex is taking the opportunity to this week play at home as he looks to shake off some rust ahead of a return to the DP World Tour.

Dermot McElroy shot a 2-under-par 69 to sit on 2-under-par and in a tie for 49th alongside fellow Irishman Conor Purcell who added a level par 71 to his first round 69.

Jonathan Yates and Cormac Sharvin both had disappointing weeks and missed the cut. Yates shot consecutive rounds of 74 and Sharvin shot consecutive rounds of 76.

The day concluded with Welshman Oliver Farr recording a walk-off hole in one on his final hole of the day at the ninth – his first as a professional.

“It was a perfect shot. 178 yards, eight iron. It was the perfect way to finish a round,” said Farr, who graduated from the Challenge Tour in 2019.

McElroy and Purcell are paired together for moving day tomorrow, getting underway at 8.42am. Caldwell is in the final group alongside Gumberg and gets his round underway at 11.48am.


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