McGovern lurking behind leaders at Senior Scottish Open

Brendan McGovern is lurking just four shots off the lead heading into todays final round of the Scottish Senior Open.

Brendan McGovern – Image by Golffile.ie
 
Sitting in a tie for 5th on -5, McGovern carded all pars in his outward nine on Saturday but then burst into action on his back nine coming home in 31 with four birdies and no drop shots. The Headfort man is on course for his best finish on the Senior European Tour with a good Sunday finish.
 
At the top just one shot separates Paul Broadhurst and Magnus P Atlevi as the pair moved clear of the chasing pack after the second round at Renaissance Club.
The duo, who finished first and second on the European Senior Tour Order of Merit in 2016, both carded four under par rounds of 67.
Broadhurst leads on nine under par, adding to his first round of 66, one stroke ahead of Atlevi as Chris Williams and Mike Harwood share third place on six under par.
 
Winner of this event in 2015 and victorious on Scottish soil at last year’s Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex, Broadhurst is pleased with his performance on the North Berwick links.
“I’ve played well in Scotland over the last few years, so it’s nice to be back here,” he said. “I seemed to have had the bad weather these last few weeks, but this morning was quite pleasant.
 
“I was getting frustrated around the turn; I missed a few chances early on so I had to be patient. I came good with birdies on 13 and 16, and then finished with a good iron shot on 18.
“I was pleased with how patient I stayed today. I could have lost my head around 11 and 12, but I stayed patient and reaped the rewards.”
 
Scores after round two:
133 P Broadhurst (Eng) 66 67,
134 M Atlevi (Swe) 67 67,
136 C Williams (RSA) 71 65, M Harwood (Aus) 67 69,
137 B McGovern (Irl) 70 67, M Mouland (Wal) 72 65,
138 B Lane (Eng) 69 69,
139 P Eales (Eng) 71 68, G Turner (Nzl) 71 68, D Gilford (Eng) 72 67,
140 P Fowler (Aus) 74 66, T Thelen (USA) 69 71, S Dodd (Wal) 72 68, B Longmuir (Sco) 74 66, T Wiratchant (Tha) 71 69, C Mason (Eng) 68 72,
141 C Monasterio (Arg) 73 68, M McNulty (Irl) 71 70, J Sandelin (Swe) 71 70, S Brown (Eng) 70 71,
142 G Rusnak (USA) 71 71, R Chapman (Eng) 72 70, S Luna (Esp) 77 65, S McAllister (Sco) 72 70, C Dennis (USA) 71 71, M Martin (Esp) 72 70, G Orr (Sco) 75 67, A Bossert (Sui) 73 69,
143 S Tinning (Den) 72 71, P Wesselingh (Eng) 69 74,
144 J Sallat (Fra) 72 72, P Linhart (Esp) 74 70, G Marks (Eng) 75 69, J Remesy (Fra) 72 72, R Drummond (Sco) 74 70,
145 M Mackenzie (Eng) 76 69, P O’Malley (Aus) 73 72, P Wilson (Eng) 79 66,
146 P Golding (Eng) 76 70, M Farry (Fra) 77 69, G Wolstenholme (Eng) 74 72,
147 A Oldcorn (Sco) 77 70, I Woosnam (Wal) 73 74, R Rafferty (Nir) 76 71,
148 B Conser (USA) 74 74, D Smyth (Irl) 74 74,
149 E Darcy (Irl) 79 70, C Rocca (Ita) 75 74, P Mitchell (Eng) 77 72, D Russell (Eng) 73 76,
150 P Walton (Irl) 73 77, S Torrance (Sco) 76 74, C Suneson (Esp) 72 78,
154 A Mednickson (Swe) 76 78