Ross Kellett maintained a remarkable run of recent form at Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge after a four under par second round of 67 put him on 11 under par for the week.
The Scot recovered from a bogey on the first hole to make four birdies and an eagle and sit one shot behind halfway leader Clément Sordet after day two at Golf PGA France du Vaudreuil.
The 28 year old arrived in France buoyed by a good performance at last week’s Fred Olsen Challenge de España and has maintained the fine form that has seen five of his last six rounds be in the 60s.
“It’s been a nice couple of days,” he said. “I’ve kept myself out of trouble and given myself a lot of looks at birdies, and I’ve hit a lot of greens in regulations which is actually becoming even trickier now with it firming up.
“I’ve been controlling my ball well in the conditions and even hitting some nice shots out of the rough, running it up onto the greens, so I’ll take 11 under and hope for much of the same over the weekend.
“I see a lot of the shots out here. There are a lot of tees to shape the ball off and I feel comfortable in the surroundings, the weather’s nice and it’s just a great place to play golf.
“I feel as though I hit the ball much the same last week as this week and I’ve kept away from any trouble and holed some nice putts – consistency is what we all strive for and the last six rounds have certainly been that way.
“Golf’s a crazy game at times and I’ll just do everything I can control, my own processes and what I’m thinking about, and whatever the outcome is – good, bad or indifferent – I won’t get ahead of myself and will see what comes.”
Last week’s tournament in Spain, won by Frenchman Adrien Saddier, was notable for a 59 – only the second in the history of the Challenge Tour – by Nicolo Ravano, but the day before it was Kellett who threatened the history books with around of 60.
“I took a lot of confidence from last week, especially the first round,” he said. “I’ve shot low rounds before but I’ve never been that low, so to know I can do it is great, and I took a lot from finishing third – I felt like I held my own in the final round, and hats off to Adrien for what he did.
“I was delighted for Nico, and maybe he took some inspiration from me. I actually had quite a nice looking putt for 59, about 15ft from the fringe, a bit right to left, and I just left it in the jaws. But it’s nice to have that feeling and know you’ve got that in you – you’re not scared to keep going when you get to five, six, seven.
“My season’s been trending on the up. I played lovely in Denmark in tough conditions and finished in the top 20 there, then La Gomera I’ve been to three or four times so I feel I know it well, and there’s a nice run of tournaments now so I’m just going to try to keep it going.”