Sixto Casabona Navarro & Carlos García Simarro lead the PGA of Spain’s dominance through Round 02 of the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship at Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club in the Costa Daurada region of Spain.
The Spanish duo head up the leaderboard on 14-under (129) after a spectacular round of 63 (-9) in Round 2 of the event presented by the Costa Daurada.
“We enjoyed it a lot on the golf course and made a lot of birdies out there,” said Casabona Navarro. “The plan for tomorrow is to play strong tee to green…we will have patience and will enjoy the day!”
García Simarro, Casabona Navarro’s old coach and now playing partner, added, “It’s easy to play with Sixto, and we enjoyed today a lot. It’s going to be a very important day for us [in the final round]…we have won tournaments before but it’s my first time playing in the Fourball and playing with Sixto is fantastic and we will try to make a win tomorrow.”
Although conditions were once again very testing, with many players battling against the high winds, Casabona Navarro & García Simarro made light work of the Hills Course. The Spanish pairing carded two birdies on the front nine and reached the turn in 34 (-2), but an extraordinary seven birdies on the back nine propelled them to the top of the leaderboard.
Their closest pursuers are fellow PGA of Spain Professionals, Liam Murray & Xavier Puig, who are one shot behind the leaders on 13-under (130).
“It was still tough out there – we started off well and after five holes we were three under and we thought ‘here we go again’…we thought we could get under early,” said Murray.
“It’s nice to be in contention to win the tournament,” added Puig. “We have tried to stay relaxed and motivated over these two days and have the best game we can.”
Murray & Puig played on the Lakes Course for Round 02 and shot a blemish-free round of 65 (-6). The pair got off to a hot start to go out in a three-under (35). They then finished their round with a flourish, making birdies on the 16th and 18th holes, and now find themselves in contention going into the final day.
Jose Luis Adarraga & Pol Bech (PGA of Spain) and Lorenzo Gagli & Emanuele Canonica (PGA of Italy) are tie-third on 131 (-12), after both pairs carded identical eight-under second rounds of 64.
There are many competitors that are in with a chance of pushing for the lead in the final round, including fifth placed David Borda & Jordi Garcia Del Moral (-11) of the PGA of Spain.
With Spanish teams making up four of the top five, it is evident that local knowledge is crucial to successfully tackling the fantastic challenge that is Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club, especially in such blustery conditions.
48 teams made the cut after Round 02 and will play the final round on Lumine’s Lakes Course to decide who will be 2017 PGAs of Europe Fourball Champions.
The Final Round begins at 09:00am GMT+1.
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With thanks to LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club (www.lumine.com), Costa Daurada (www.costadaurada.info), Cambrils (www.Cambrils-Tourism.com), Golfbreaks.com (www.Golfbreaks.com/pga-pro), La Pineda Platja (www.lapinedaplatja.info), and Salou (www.visitsalou.eu).