Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts has a battle on his hands to fend off a trio of challengers at the AGF-Allianz Open Côtes d’Armor Bretagne.
Colsaerts carded a five under par round of 65 on the second day at Golf BlueGreen de Pléneuf Val André to lead by two shots from England’s Andrew Butterfield, Sweden’s Andreas Högberg, and rising star Estanisloa Goya of Argentina.
Londoner Butterfield, who moved into contention with his second consecutive round of 68, said: “This game’s all about consistency, and I guess you can’t get much more consistent than that.”
Butterfield credits a change of coach in his upturn in fortunes, and leader Colsaerts has also recently been making wholesale changes to his set-up.
The Belgian, seeking his maiden Challenge Tour title, said: “I should’ve changed my grip years ago, because it wasn’t really working for me. I’ve done a lot of work and practice on it over the winter, but I still didn’t expect to do so well here, because I haven’t played competitively for a few months. Maybe I should take a rest more often!”
One player who is match sharp is Goya, currently the leader in the Rankings after one win and two top five finishes in his last three tournaments.
The young Argentine, playing his first event in Europe as a professional, said: “I hope to follow Andres Romero and Angel Cabrera onto The European Tour – that is my dream.”
Earlier in the day, joint overnight leader David Drysdale of Scotland carded a battling round of 72. With morning conditions more in keeping with his native Berwickshire than Brittany, Drysdale was unable to repeat the fireworks he produced yesterday.
Instead, the 33 year old – seeking his third European Challenge Tour title – had to settle for a two over par round which saw him finish three behind Colsaerts and one ahead of Charles-Edouard Russo, who carries the home nation’s hopes.
Drysdale said: “It was tough going out there, what with the wind, the showers and the difficult pin positions. But at least I’ve given myself a chance going into the final two rounds.”