Friday, 19 March 2010
Estoril Open de Portugal - Round Two  (Getty Images)
Estoril Open de Portugal - Round Two (Getty Images)

Chris Doak defied strong winds to card a second round 70 and set the clubhouse target of four under par in the Estoril Open de Portugal.

The Scottish player birdied the sixth, ninth and 16th holes for a one under par round at Oitavos Dunes.

Doak, first round leader in Seville last week, eagled the long 16th with a four iron to 15 feet but dropped a shot at the 18th when he missed the green.

“From the moment you tee off you are hit by the wind - you just have to accept it and play golf," said Doak.

“I'm very happy with that score. I was a bit disappointed to bogey the last but the ball could have been lost, so I had a good lie and got it on the green.

“It's good to take the form on from last week in Seville. I'm just trying to enjoy myself and not have any pressure.”

Overnight leader Ross McGowan bogeyed the third and sixth holes after starting the day with a two shot lead.

England's Stuart Davis, a 35 year old European Tour rookie who refused to give up despite eight failures at the qualifying school, made the early moves with a front nine of 31.

The Derbyshire golfer, who came through last season's European Challenge Tour, slipped back to card 69 in his second round.

Davis, World Number 577th, earned promotion to the main circuit by a mere £235, finishing 20th on The Challenge Tour ahead of Paraguay's Marco Ruiz.

It made up for the bitter disappointment of the 2007 qualifying school when he required a closing par, but ran up a triple bogey seven.

Resuming on one under, Davis birdied the eighth, 13th, 15th and 16th, but did then bogey the next to slip back to three under par overall.

Paul Broadhurst, winner of the Estoril Open de Portugal four years ago, also went into the clubhouse on three under par after a round which included five birdies.

The Englishman found the difficult conditions could work to his advantage.

“I won four years ago and I feel reasonably comfortable,” said Broadhurst. “It is a course I can see a score around and I know if it blows the scoring is going to stay high, which is perfect.

“I like it like that and I can normally get it round in a strong wind. Putting is the hardest part - the ball is going sideways.”

David Howell was left with some less happy memories of Oitavos Dunes, however, as he headed towards an early exit.

A year after losing a play-off to Gregory Bourdy, the former world number nine, currently ranked World Number 192, closed on nine over par after a round of 78.

The cut was hovering at around two over par midway through the day.

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