Saturday, 09 September 2017

Steven Brown climbed up the leaderboard by carding a fine second round of 64 during the third day of the Bridgestone Challenge.

Yesterday heavy rain flooded the course at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa which caused play for the day to end prematurely – and led to the second round finishing today.

The Englishman still had the majority of his round left to complete when play resumed at 8am this morning, but Brown showed no signs of sluggishness as he carded four consecutive birdies between holes 15 and 18 to reach the turn in 31.

The 30 year old, who currently sits in 23rd place in the Road to Oman Rankings, bagged four more gains over the front nine, his back nine, to sign for a 64.

By scoring 14 birdies and four bogeys during his first 36 holes, the man from Surrey accumulated 24 points in Modified Stableford – a new format for the Challenge Tour this week – to share the halfway lead with France’s Julien Guerrier.

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With the leaders not beginning their third rounds until 6pm, Brown was only able to complete four holes before darkness fell.

But after such a promising 36-hole display, Brown was delighted to be in contention with two rounds left to finish tomorrow.

“I just played really well,” he said. “I have been playing solidly for a while – just very consistent without ever being able to get momentum going or holing putts at the right time. There would also be a simple up-and-down that I’d miss, but that changed today.

“Although I didn’t hole everything I was certainly able to convert my chances at the right time, even if they were simple ones, and that made the difference.

“I really got going around the middle of my second round with four birdies from 15 to 18, and I hit 18 greens and had 18 chances so I was never really in any trouble – I was also really good off of the tee.

“I holed a few 15 footers and put it to about one foot on the 15th for a tap-in birdie. It was a really tricky day as it was quite windy so I am really pleased to have played so well in the conditions.

“It had definitely been coming and I had been getting a bit frustrated before – I think I was maybe a bit more patient today which really helped.

“You can score really well on this course if there is no wind so I expect there to be a lot more low scores. We’ll see what tomorrow brings and it will be all to play for.”

Before darkness halted proceedings in Luton Germany’s Nicolai von Dellingshausen took the early lead after carding an eagle and a birdie over his first five holes.

Play will resume tomorrow morning and competitors will complete both their third and fourth rounds tomorrow.

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