Mark Mouland marched to the top of the Berenberg Bank Masters leaderboard on another melting hot day at the Golfclub Wörthsee in Munich, where temperatures rose to over 35 degrees.
Despite the sweltering heat and swirling, gusting winds, Mouland produced another brilliant performance to post a second round 67 and move to the top of the leaderboard on 11 under par with one round to play.
The Welshman, seeking his second European Senior Tour title after winning in his rookie season last year, has been in quite sparkling form in Germany. He leads Tim Thelen of the USA by a single stroke, with 2011 Number One Peter Fowler and Barry Lane in hot pursuit on nine under.
Then there is that man who goes by the name of Langer, lurking on eight under par and just three shots off the pace, looking to be roared over the finishing line by his adoring German public on Sunday afternoon.
Being pursued by some of the Senior game’s biggest names will not phase a man of Mouland’s vast experience though, with the Welshman producing some truly outstanding golf over the first two rounds.
“It was good again today but I have to say I didn’t play as well as yesterday,” said Mouland, who opened the €400,000 tournament with a fine 66 on Friday.
“Yesterday was one of those days where I played so well from tee to green that it was always going to be difficult to repeat that performance. But you take a lot of satisfaction from putting a good score in after playing so well the previous day because it is very rare that you strike the ball that purely for two days in a row.
“So I am very happy with the round and very happy with the score. Tomorrow is going to be a tough day again because of the heat and because of the guys behind me.
“Tim is obviously playing well and then you have Barry, Pete and you don’t even really need to mention the name Langer. We all know how good these guys are but I am playing well and with confidence so if I can get a few under par then I will have every chance.
“The heat made things very difficult today because you are always going to lose concentration over a few shots when it is that hot. But it is the same for everyone so you can’t let it affect you.”
While Thelen, Fowler and Lane are Mouland’s nearest challengers, the home fans at the Golfclub Wörthsee naturally want to see the legend that is Langer go on title charge tomorrow afternoon.
After a disappointing first round performance, the two-time Masters Champion was far more pleased with his performance in round two – two strokes better than day one despite the far more difficult conditions.
“I am a lot happier today,” said Langer. “I played a lot better than yesterday and the conditions were a lot tougher today with the wind getting up and really swirling around us at some points. It was a good fighting performance today with the wind and the heat against us so I am happy with the score out there.”