Oct 9th, 2021
Besseling leads Rahm by one in Spain
Dutchman looks to hold off world number one at Open de España
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The Dutchman followed an opening 64 with a 65 at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid to get to thirteen-under and he will face the biggest day of his career in the final group on day three.
Besseling was a European Challenge Tour graduate in 2008 and came through the Qualifying School in 2011 but never managed to finish in the top 100 on the Race to Dubai until last season when he secured three top threes.
A tie for fourth at the Austrian Golf Open is his best finish so far this season and he will now go in search of a first European Tour victory.
“A great 65. I really enjoyed it out there again. Started off not quite as well as I would have wished, it was a lot cooler this morning compared to yesterday afternoon, so the ball flew a bit shorter and it played a bit different the first couple of holes," said Besseling.
“The last couple of seasons have been really good. I did struggle before that, so it is good to be out here performing well and making putts, and being on top of the leaderboard after 36 holes, hopefully, it will stay that way come Sunday."
Rahm carded a 67 as he looks for a third consecutive win at his home open and, with the weekend entirely sold out, the leading duo will take a bumper crowd round with them in the Spanish sun.
“They are all so golf hungry and that is great, I love playing in front of them," said Rahm.
"You can tell a lot of people here are not golfers and I don’t know how often that happens in the world of golf that people travel a long way to come and watch, so it’s great fun.”
Home favourite Adri Arnaus and England's Ross McGowan were at 11 under, a shot clear of another Spaniard in Rafa Cabrera Bello and Scotland's Grant Forrest.