England’s Philip Golding birdied two of his remaining three holes as the second round of the fog-delayed Terme Euganee International Open Padova was completed this morning in Italy.
The 39 year old, who resumed sharing the lead on 13 under par, picked up shots at the 16th and 17th to sign for a nine-under-par 63, his lowest Challenge Tour return.
It also took him clear at the top of the leaderboard on 15 under par 129, a stroke ahead of fellow Englishman, Simon Hurley, who managed just one more birdie this morning for a second successive 65.
Overnight leaders, Stefano Reale from Italy and Sweden’s Mattias Nilsson are joint third on 131, 13 under, a shot clear of another Swede, Johan Skold, in fifth place.
Two other players, who had to complete their rounds this morning, also made progress. Italy’s Silvio Grappasonni signed for 66 and joint sixth on 133, while Magnus Persson from Sweden matched Golding’s 63 for 134.
As expected, the cut came at four under par 140 with 58 players surviving. The third round commenced at 11.15 local time in three balls off two tees.