Friday, 12 June 2015
Taco Remkes  (EuropeanTour)
Taco Remkes (EuropeanTour)

Dutchman Taco Remkes and Dane Jeff Winther were tied at the top at the halfway stage of the KPMG Trophy in Belgium, on a day when Frenchman Charles-Edouard Russo set a new course record.

Russo signed for a flawless eight under par 64 in the morning, before Remkes and Winther went one better than his nine under par total with rounds of 67 and 69 respectively in the afternoon.

Remkes, 30, had an eagle, six birdies and three bogeys, while Winther birdied the last two holes to move into a share of top spot at Golf de Pierpont.

“My putting was so good today,” said Remkes, who won three times on the Challenge Tour in 2008. “It was actually ridiculous at one stage, I was holing everything. And I chipped in from about eight metres for eagle on the sixth, which was a bonus.

“I holed a couple of long ones but I missed one or two short ones, so it all evens out in the end. But ten under par makes me very happy.

“It feels like it’s been forever since I was last in this position.
Taco Remkes

“I haven’t won since 2008 so we’ll see what happens. There’s a long way to go so I’m not even thinking about anything other than trying to play well tomorrow.”

Winther played his first full season on the Challenge Tour last year having graduated from the Nordic League in 2013, and finds himself in unfamiliar territory.

“It was a great finish and I was really glad to get those two birdies on the board,” said the 27 year old. “It was a tap-in birdie on the last which was awesome. I hit the green in two on 17 as well, so I couldn’t wish for more.

“I’m quite satisfied because it’s always tough to get under par when you’ve done a low round the day before. 

“I’m just going to enjoy tomorrow and see what happens. There won’t be any nerves tomorrow as it’s only the third round. If I’m still there on Sunday then maybe, but tomorrow I think I’ll be pretty calm as we’re only halfway.”

Russo was quick out of the blocks in the morning with four straight birdies from the tenth, and after completing his lowest round since May 2013, was delighted that his recent hard work is starting to bear fruit.

“For the last year and a half I’ve been working so hard on everything, and this is the first week it has really all come together,” he said.

“It’s nice to see the hard work paying off, because it’s so frustrating when nothing happens.
Charles-Edouard Russo

 “In the last month I’ve been really trying to stay calmer on the course. Whether I hit a bad shot or a good shot, I stay in the same mood and just try to do my best.”

Scotland’s Jamie McLeary and Czech player Jan Caroufek both had holes-in-one, at the 13th and 15th respectively.

McLeary said: “That was my seventh in total but first one for 11 years. The last three have all been with my eight iron, and also with that club I holed out twice in a row from the fairway a couple of years ago. I was playing a practice round and hit two approaches and holed them both.”

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