Stal edges into lead in Lucerne

7/15/2012 1:21:41 PM
Gary Stal (Andreas Meier/freshfocus) ()
Gary Stal (Andreas Meier/freshfocus) ()
Gary Stal edged into the lead as the Frenchman and Andrea Perrino, playing in the final group, reached the turn in the final day of the Credit Suisse Challenge, with a birdie on the ninth hole moving Stal a shot clear on 11 under par.

It was a tentative start for the trio of overnight leaders on the front nine as Janne Mommo, in the penultimate group, briefly took the lead thanks to a birdie at the fifth but a bogey at the seventh moved him back to ten under and level for the day.

Stal had started with eight birdies before gaining a shot at the par four ninth to enter the back nine in the driving seat for a second Challenge Tour title.

Perrino was two shots back after he bogeyed the eighth hole and he was joined on nine under by Frenchman Alexandre Kaleka, who birdied the seventh and tenth holes after bogeying the third to get within two shots of his compatriot at the top.