Golf, Italian Open: Canter still first, ahead of McGowan

The 30-year-old from Bath manages the lead. The best blue is Lorenzo Scalise: “More difficult conditions and less precision on my part, but I’m happy”

Silvia Audisio

Rain, haze, late departure and wet field. So today the conditions of the competition for the second round of the Italian Open taking place at Chervò Golf San Vigilio, on Lake Garda. The scoreboard still speaks English, a little more than yesterday. Laurie Canter, thirty years old from Bath, in the South of England, did not leave room, who was able to manage the advantage (even if reduced to two strokes) and play, rather foul in the second nine holes; but with the putt posted at 18 he found his smile and confidence again.

McGowan approaches

The compatriot Ross McGowan approaches, who for the 64th of the day thanks his putt and the very beautiful greens of this track. The two had already been co-leaders a year ago in the Kpmg Trophy, but neither of them had won. For the South African Dean Burmester, third, an after-race passed to find straight shots with the drive. “The field is long and it’s too important to put the first shot on the track,” he said. Adrian Otaegui (-10), the Spaniard who won his first title in Scotland last week, came forward. Following, in a group of ten players at -9, stand out Bernd Wiesberger, the Austrian defending champion, the German Martin Kaymer who never managed to get his hands on the Italian trophy, and the Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts.

Scalise and the other Italians

Meanwhile, Italy is focusing on the group of six athletes who remained in the game for the weekend, out of 17 lined up. After 36 holes the cut fell to -4 and another five of our players narrowly missed out on qualifying. The highest on the scoreboard is Lorenzo Scalise, eighteenth at -8 (67-69), eight hits from the leader. “More difficult conditions and less precision on my part, but I’m happy anyway for today’s clean lap where I didn’t lose any blows. Tomorrow I want to put an extra gear to get closer to -15, I think the race will be won with -20” , commented. From the Challenge Tour to the major division, Scalise, 25 years old from Vimercate (Monza), quickly passed thanks to the 30th place in the 2019 ranking, and this year he did not miss a race among the strongest. Guido Migliozzi (-7), Francesco Laporta (-6), Lorenzo Gagli (-5), Federico Maccario and Renato Paratore (-4) follow him. All players who can perform well in the final phase of the tournament. To be seen tomorrow on television on Sky Sport live from 13.00 to 17.30, and on Rai Sport in deferred, summary from 24.30 to 1.15.

Leaderboard round 2

1. Laurie Canter (Ing) -16 (6o-68)

2. Ross McGowan (Ing) -14 (66-64)

3. Dean Burmester (SA) -12 (64-68)

4. Joachim B. Hansen (Dan), -11 (64-69)

5. Adrian Otaegui (Spa) -10 (67-67), Russel Robin (Fra) 66-68, Nicolai Højgaard (Dan) 67-67


18. (-8) Lorenzo Scalise (67-69)

31. (-7) Guido Migliozzi (68-69)

45. (-6) Francesco Laporta (68-70)

54. (-5) Lorenzo Gagli (70-69)

62. (-4) Federico Maccario (70-70), Renato Paratore (71-69)

68. (-3) Enrico Di Nitto (72-69), Andrea Romano (72-69), Nino Bertasio (70-71)

82. (-2) Stefano Mazzoli (67-75), Edoardo Molinari (68-74)

94. (par) Giulio Castagnara (74-70), Filippo Bergamaschi (70-74), Matteo Manassero (71-73), Andrea Saracino (70-74)

109. (+4) Aron Zemmer (72-76)

112. (+7) Tommaso Perrino (75-76)

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Golf, Italian Open: Canter still first, ahead of McGowan