Friday, 22 September 2017
Joost Luiten  (Getty Images)
Joost Luiten (Getty Images)

Nino Bertasio led the way at 12 under heading into the third round of the Portugal Masters after a second consecutive 65.

Here, we take a look at what his closest challengers had to say after round two.

Lucas Bjerregaard (65, -11)

"I played lovely to be honest. I hit it great off the tee and on this course there's a good chance you give yourself a few looks at birdie and I did that today. Bogey-free as well so I played solid. Made a few good putts, actually my putting looks a bit better this week than it has been the last few weeks so it was good. I felt very much in control and it was nice round. On the first nine the wind kept changing a bit, it was a little bit tough actually, but I managed to hit some good shots in there and get a good start and this is one of the courses where you feel like you have to make some birdies out there so it's nice to get a few early."

Marc Warren (64, -11)

"Conditions were perfect out there and I drove the ball well and I think after that it was just trying to be patient really with the approach shots into the greens, flags were tucked away today, greens were quite firm as well so I was pretty pleased with that side of my game. Trying to be aggressive off the tee then you're going to have a lot of wedges so when you do get the chance to go for the flag then take it but outside of that there's a few tough holes here. I kind of see this golf course as trying to pick the birdies off rather than try and blast it and shoot as low as you can."

Joost Luiten (68, -10)

"I just struggled on the back nine. I couldn't make the putts and that is why it was not as good as yesterday but I hit the ball pretty good, one mistake on 13 which is just silly to basically lose two shots there with a wedge in. I played well on the front nine, I hit a couple of shots close and a couple of easy birdies and then hopefully you can keep it going on the back nine, I didn't do that so I need to work on that tomorrow. It's a good position right in there in the mix going into the weekend so hopefully we can have a good Saturday and we'll go for it on Sunday."

Jason Scrivener (67, -10)

"I'm happy with four under and looking forward to the weekend. A couple of mistakes but other than that it was a pretty solid round, made some nice saves and kept the round going, happy with it. I think the scoring is pretty good so far but plenty of birdies out there and looking forward to having a crack on the weekend. I've got nothing to lose, I'm just going to stick to the game plan, keep playing solid and make some birdies and see what happens."

Eddie Pepperell (67, -9)

"It does feel sharp. I'm not doing anything bad, put it that way, not necessarily doing anything spectacularly but the game is all-round pretty solid. That's reflected in my scoring, I think, very consistent scores at the moment and really it has been for the last four or five months. I just think I'm putting a bit better now so I'm shooting a little bit lower. I'm enjoying it. The difference from this year to last year is worlds apart. I'm not remembering the experiences I had last year on the course, they're long behind me now, but I'm certainly happy and excited about the actual game-plan that I'm developing. I feel like I can stand on any tee, any shot now with confidence depending on my decisions club-wise. I've got some good options in the bag and that's made a big difference. I don't want to say the game feels easy because it will bite me in the bum but It's feeling as easy as it's ever felt."

Shane Lowry (64, -9)

"It was my first win as a professional so it was very exciting at the time. I can't believe it's five years ago. It's a long time ago but I still have very fond memories here. I put myself in a really good position going into the weekend. I'm excited about the weekend, looking forward to getting out there tomorrow and seeing what I can do. I'm playing the next three in a row after this and hopefully I can move my way up the Race to Dubai and pick up a few Ryder Cup points. That's my aim for the rest of the year."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1BJERREGAARD, LucasDEN18-20
2WARREN, MarcSCO18-16
T3STORM, GraemeENG18-15
T3PEPPERELL, EddieENG18-15
T5GOUVEIA, RicardoPOR18-14
T5LIMA, José-FilipePOR18-14

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