Peter Gustafsson produced an amazing display of skill and endurance during the second day of the Kitzbühel Golf Alpin Open by playing 31 holes in 13 under par after thunder storms had brought a premature end to day one.
The Swede beat his European Challenge Tour personal best of 65 twice in eight hours - completing his first round in 62, before firing a 64 in the afternoon to take a clubhouse lead of 16 under par at Kitzbühel Schwarszee.
The 26 year old leads David Geall by two shots, after the Englishman supplemented his opening round course record 61 with a four under par 67.
German Kariem Baraka matched that 67 to sit in third place on 11 under, with Italian Federico Bisazza, South African Michael Kirk and Frenchman Marc Pendaries a further shot behind and tied for fourth place.
Gustafsson, who almost beat his lowest ever 72 hole total of 17 under par in the space of two rounds, confessed that he had amazed even himself with some “perfect wedges” and “brilliant putting”.
The Swede tied for third in the Open des Volcans Challenge de France last week, and is hoping his good form can keep going in Austria to give him the first Challenge Tour win of his career.
“I don’t know how to describe it – I just played so well today. I was good off the tee, my wedges were perfect and my putting was brilliant.
“I only got the chance to play five holes yesterday before the storms came but I finished with three birdies before the thunder and then this morning I had three birdies to start with and that just kind of set me off.
“I played 31 holes in 13 under today and only had one bogey at my very last hole. The annoying thing about that was that I lipped out for birdie and then missed about a four foot putt coming back.
“But I won’t let that bother me too much – it’s got it out of my system and I was a little tired anyway.
“I just played great today though. I got some luck as well obviously – especially when I chipped in for eagle at the par four fourth. I had about a 25 yard chip that landed about three feet to the left of the hole and kicked right and went straight in.
“I feel really confident in my game just now. I think this is a continuation from last week when I played really well in France. I just hope I can go all the way this weekend, but I’m going to have to shoot another two really low scores to win, so the work is not finished yet.”
Geall admitted after his round that he felt as though he played better during his round of 67 than he did when he smashed the Kitzbühel Schwarszee course record on day one.
“I actually hit the ball better today than yesterday,” he said. “It sounds silly, but I was landing the ball closer to the pins today – the putts just didn’t go in as frequently.
“I’m really pleased at the way I’ve played over the last two rounds. I hit 17 greens in regulation today and I haven’t had a bogey yet this week so long may that continue.”
A total of 51 players made the cut of four under par, yet again highlighting the impeccable scoring standards that have come to be expected from the Challenge Tour players.