Pavan edges ahead in Puglia

11/5/2011 12:30:57 PM
Andrea Pavan (pic by Phil Inglis) ()
Andrea Pavan (pic by Phil Inglis) ()

Andrea Pavan strengthened his grip on both the Apulia San Domenico Grand Final and the Challenge Tour Rankings with a steady opening nine of 34 on the final day of the season-ending event.

The Italian mastered the blustery conditions at San Domenico Golf, his ‘home’ club in Puglia, to open up a three shot gap on the field.

Pavan wobbled with a bogey at the fifth hole, but made immediate amends with a birdie at the sixth to steady the ship and move back to 17 under par.

With Rankings rival Tommy Fleetwood struggling to a three over par front nine of 37, Pavan’s destiny is now firmly in his own hands.

England’s Andrew Johnston, chasing a place in the top 20 of the Rankings, is Pavan’s nearest challenger on 14 under par, having cancelled out his birdie at the fifth hole with a bogey at the tenth.  

Fleetwood is currently in a share of third place on 13 under par alongside Spaniard Jorge Campillo, who was five under par for his round through 16 holes, and Sweden’s Pelle Edberg.