Rising star Wil Besseling of the Netherlands has targeted his second Challenge Tour victory after a blistering round of 64 shot him to the top of the leaderboard at the half-way stage of the Trophée du Golf Club de Genève.
Some stupendous strokeplay saw Besseling, the II Club Colombia Masters champion, move to 12 under par, two shots clear of Scotland’s Steven O’Hara, whose round of 66 was certainly not to be sniffed at.
A pair of eagles were a mark of Besseling’s brilliance, as was his ability to combat the conditions at a rainswept Golf Club de Genève.
A win here would all but guarantee the flying Dutchman a card on next season’s European Tour, with Besseling hopeful his compatriots Taco Remkes and Inder van Weerelt – currently sixth and 38th in the Challenge Tour Rankings – can join him amongst the elite.
He said: “It would be great if all three of us could make it onto The European Tour, although I’m not thinking about that, because there’s still a long way to go. But I feel good at the moment – it’s been a while since my last win, and although I’ve had chances since Colombia, it hasn’t quite happened. I’d love it to happen this week – if not, then I’m sure I’ll get other opportunities, because my game’s in good shape at the minute.”
The same applies to O’Hara, who consigned his putting woes to history with another sound showing on the greens en route to a round of 66.
With compatriots Richie Ramsay and George Murray also in contention at the Vodafone Challenge in Dusseldorf, where they are respectively one and two shots behind home favourite Stephan Gross Jr, O’Hara feels the strength of the Scots’ challenge was conclusive proof that the nation’s golf is in rude health.
He said: “We’re all coached by the Scottish Golf Union, whose methods have been criticised by some people recently. But I’m more than happy with the coaching I’ve received, and I’m sure all the other boys feel the same way. They must be doing something right if we’re all up there challenging.”
Also challenging is overnight leader Richard Bland of England, who recovered from a wobbly start – bogeying his first two holes – to sign for a round of 70.
Alongside Bland in a share of fourth on nine under par is Australia’s Andrew Tampion, who posted five birdies en route to a round of 69.
Spain’s Rafael Cabrera Bello is one shot back on eight under par after a steady round of 70, whilst Marco Ruiz’s spectacular round of 67 saw the Paraguayan move to seven under par.