Frenchman Gregory Bourdy weathered the storm in Spain to produce an unforgettable birdie blitz at the Segura Viudas Challenge de España to lie just one shot behind Sweden’s Johan Skold – whose second round 66 left him at the top of the low scoring European Challenge Tour field at Torremirona Golf Club.
Skold, who opened the tournament with a super 65, supplemented that great start with another brilliant round to take charge of the halfway leaderboad on 13 under par 131.
The 29 year old Swede recaptured the form that saw him graduate the Challenge Tour in 1999 and then win The European Tour Qualifying School Finals in 2001.
Bourdy, meanwhile, played some fearless golf on his way to carding nine birdies and not a single dropped shot for a second round 63, the lowest score of the tournament thus far.
That gave him an aggregate score of 12 under par 132. All of that was despite a two hour delay in play after thunder and lightening storms had engulfed Torremirona.
Jeff Burns of the USA and Tuomas Touvinen of Finland, who carded respective rounds of 66 and 65 to register ten under par aggregates of 134 before the storm clouds gathered in the north east of Spain, trail Bourdy by one.
There are a further six players on nine under par – including the Scotsman David Orr, who discovered the wonders of the energy drink Red Bull once play had resumed.
Orr, who was on the seventh when the players were called off the course, lost his way after the resumption of play until he birdied the 12th and recaptured his form. The 30 year old picked up further shots at the 13th, 14th , 17th and 18th to finish on nine under for the tournament and credited his first taste of Red Bull as the stimulating factor in his recovery.
“I lost my rhythm when play resumed and I was on the seventh. I just couldn’t get going again after the thunder had passed over us. Then I got to the 12th tee, saw the Red Bull fridge and thought I would give it a try.
“I had never even tasted it before, but after I had drank the can I felt stronger for some reason and my game really came back to me. I don’t know if it was psychological but it really did give me a boost and I played great after that.”
After two days of low scoring at Torremirona GC, 64 players made the halway cut of four under par.