Soren Juul (Getty Images)
Denmark’s Soren Juul fired a superb 67 to take the early second round clubhouse lead in the Club Colombia Masters presentado por Samsung on the European Challenge Tour.
The 34 year old, whose compatriot Mark F Haastrup had led overnight along with Colombian Diego Vanegas, carded six birdies and just the single bogey on his penultimate hole to move to six under par for the tournament.
Having started on the tenth tee, Juul shot a hat-trick of birdies from his second hole to erase the memory of dropping two strokes in the final four holes of his first round.
He said that gave him the confidence to build his round with overnight rain making the course more to his liking.
“I messed up a bit at the end of my round yesterday so it was nice to get off to a great start,” said Juul. “The altitude meant that I was playing two clubs less yesterday and I struggled a bit but the rain today meant that it was down to about half a club.
“It has been difficult to get close to the pin but I picked the right clubs today. I remembered my rhythm more today.”
Juul is seeking an improvement this season after finishing 84th on the Challenge Tour Rankings in 2008, despite finishing tied runner up behind David Horsey in the Telenet Trophy and tied ninth in the Inteco Russian Open Golf Championship 2008.
He has been working James Petts, the coach of Ryder Cup player and fellow Dane Søren Hansen, and feels his game is in the right shape to contend more during the new season.
“I’ve had a good winter and I’ve been working with James for a year now so hopefully it will be a good year,” he said. “James keeps it very simple - he doesn’t get too scientific. I had a bad category last year but played quite well and got a better one so I should have more starts this year. I’m feeling good about my game and felt confident coming here.”
France’s Julien Guerrier is a shot behind the clubhouse leader along with Argentine Julio Zapata after both players carded second rounds of 70.