Beware of the injured golfer! Gavin Moynihan seems to have put any lingering back trouble behind him, pardon the pun, after taking route 66 up the leaderboard on day two at Final Stage European Tour Qualifying School in Spain.
The Dubliner felt his back go in practice prior to the event and looked almost certain to miss out on taking the exam at all, but having pushed through to a 68 on the opening day on the Lakes Course, Moynihan took full advantage of ideal scoring conditions on the Hills course this afternoon.
Eight birdies on the card mixed with just two bogeys saw him reach a nine-under tournament total, currently good enough for a share of 14th spot as Moynihan’s confidence continues to grow having rediscovered his best form of late.
Yet where Moynihan looks to be excelling, both Robin Dawson and Cormac Sharvin have been struggling to keep pace with the hot scoring in Spain.
Tramore’s Dawson was much better today, however, firing four birdies on the way to a two-under-par 70. Now back in the red for the tournament, Dawson finds himself a long way back in a share of 112th spot on minus-one.
While the news wasn’t so good for Ardglass’ Sharvin who slumped to a one-over-par 73 that’s resigned him to a share of 132nd spot on plus one.
The new pacesetter is David Borda who carded a nine-under-par 62 to grasp the 36-hole lead at Lumine Golf Club with a total of 16-under-par.
The Spaniard leads by four shots from overnight co-leader Daniel Gavins and Anton Karlsson, whose seven-under-par 64 included a stunning run of six consecutive birdies as he made the turn in 29.
Taking to the Lakes Course after making his way around the Hills Course on Day One, Borda made three birdies and an eagle in his first nine holes, before four further gains on the way into the clubhouse ensured he became the man to catch.
With 72 holes still left to play of the gruelling six-day marathon, Borda is focussed on continuing to play the way he has over the opening two days.
“I feel pretty good,” he said. “It’s the best round of my life at nine under and I think I played the best golf of my life too because I didn’t miss many putts. I played pretty much perfectly. I’m very happy.
“It’s like a new tournament now. We still have 72 holes remaining so I just want to keep doing what I’m doing, try to play my golf and we’ll see at the end of the week.”
With clear skies and little wind, the conditions have been near-on perfect for scoring but the 32 year old Borda, who has played at Lumine numerous times before, is all too aware the weather could soon change.
“I’ve played here many times and I know the courses,” he said.
“I know that if the wind starts to blow this week, the courses will change a lot. I just want to keep focussed on the game and we’ll see.”
The quartet of Jamie Abbott, Christian Braeunig, Niklas Lemke – who all posted rounds of seven under par on Day Two – and Zander Lombard share fourth place on 11 under par, with six players a further shot back on ten under.
The third round will begin tomorrow at 9.00am with the top half of the field playing the Hills Course and the bottom half taking to the Lakes Course once again.
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