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Friday, 17 August 2007

Ross McGowan is eyeing a magical third Challenge Tour title after moving into the lead at the halfway stage of the Rolex Trophy. The Englishman leads Michael Lorenzo-Vera of France by one after a second round 66 took him to nine under par 135 at the Golf Club de Genève.

In his rookie year as a professional, McGowan has already enjoyed an outstanding season after wins in his homeland and Portugal, but he could improve upon that by writing history as the first player to win instant promotion to The European Tour by winning three events in the same Challenge Tour season.

To do so, McGowan will have to overcome the highest Ranked players on the Challenge Tour at over the weekend of the elite 39 man field, €210,000 Rolex Trophy.

Lorenzo-Vera, whom McGowan overcame in a sudden-death play-off to win his first event at the Ocaenico Developments Pro-Am Challenge, produced a sparkling 65 to lie just one off the pace, while the Welsh trio of  Liam Bond, Jamie Donaldson and Stuart Manley, along with Ireland’s Colm Moriarty, Argentina’s Hernan Rey and Alvaro Velasco of Spain are tied on seven under.

“It’s a nice thought and winning three events is the target for me now,” said McGowan at the Golf Club de Genève.

“It is the goal, but there is a lot of golf to be played here yet. Anything can happen over 36 holes but it feels nice to be in contention again because I have not been up there for a while now.

“I missed the cut last week in Scotland and drove straight home and went to seem my coach on the Saturday because my putting was atrocious to be honest with you. I worked hard on it all week and that has been the difference here.”

Lorenzo-Vera, meanwhile, has become an almost omnipresent name on the 2007 Challenge Tour’s leaderboards. He has yet to record a victory, but the 22 year old Frenchman has racked up a brilliant six top six finishes this year to lie third on the Rankings.

“I feel good again after missing last week’s event in Scotland with an injury,” said Lorenzo-Vera

“I had some luck today but that was not with me yesterday. Today I chipped in twice – once for eagle and once for birdie so I feel good.”

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