Apr 14th, 2018
Paul Dunne leads Open de Espana with brilliant 65
But local favourite Jon Rahm well placed
Day one had seen Paul Dunne and Mark Warren take the joint lead with rounds of 66, but it was all Dunne on day 2 as he added a 65 to take him to 13 under par for the tournament.
Starting on the 10th he opened with four birdies on the front nine, to make the turn in 32.
He dropped shot at the par-4 second, his 11th hole of the day, but birdied four of the last five, with a just one more bogey at the eighth to post his 65. Nick Fleming, GolfPunk’s betting guru backed Dunne at 22/1, and very much fancies the under-rated Irishman, who won the British Masters at Close House last year.
Marc Warren could only manage a 69 in response, and sits at nine under.
Brett Rumford (66), Callum Shinkwin (67) and local favourite Nacho Elvira (66) sit at 10 under.
But let’s not forget Jon Rahm who is T5 after rounds of 67 and 68. Yet to win on home ground, he is is getting tremendous local backing, and if he can manage his sometimes fiery temperament then expect him to be there or thereabouts.
Round three is now underway, and as I write South African Jacques Kruyswijk is burning it up with a round of seven under through 15 to take second place. The jeaders are yet to go out, but it looks like scoring conditions are good and one of the leaders could also go low.
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