Brilliant Broberg on top again

8/23/2012 4:06:57 PM
Kristoffer Broberg (pic by Rolex) ()
Kristoffer Broberg (pic by Rolex) ()

Kristoffer Broberg’s brilliance showed no signs of abating on the second day of the weather-affected Rolex Trophy, which the Swede leads by one shot at the halfway stage.

Not even a one hour delay for thunderstorms could halt Broberg’s serene progress, as he added a round of 66 to his opening 63 to set up the possibility of securing a third Challenge Tour victory in just five appearances on the Tour this season.

The 26 year old is yet to drop a shot over the two rounds, adding six birdies to the seven he plundered on the opening day to move to 14 under par at the midway stage of the elite 42-man event.   

That left him one stroke clear of Denmark’s Joachim B Hansen and South Korea’s Sihwan Kim, who posted respective rounds of 65 and 64. 

Broberg is now 63 under par for his last 14 competitive rounds, and his sensational run of form has already guaranteed the Swede a debut campaign on The European Tour next term.

Indeed, if he were he to add the Rolex Trophy title to his victories at the Norwegian Challenge and the Finnish Challenge at the start of the month, Broberg could join his close friend Alexander Noren on the top tier as early as next week.

Broberg is attached to Haninge GK, the same club in Stockholm as three-time European Tour champion Noren, and is likely to enjoy as much success on the top tier as his illustrious compatriot if he can continue his astonishing form.   

Broberg said: “I didn’t actually play that well today, particularly at the start of the round, when I hit quite a few loose shots. But fortunately my wedge game was really sharp all day, so that got me out of trouble when I needed it to. I scored much better than I played today, and that was down to my short game and especially my putting.

“But I suppose it’s a good sign that I can shoot 66 without playing all that well. I played much better on the back nine though and holed some great putts, so that gives me a lot of confidence to take into the next two rounds.”

Earlier in the day, Kim had lit up Golf Club de Genève, in the Swiss capital, with an electric round of 64.

The Korean, who won the US Junior Amateur Championship in 2004, arrived in Geneva on the back of a top five finish in Denmark last week, and promptly picked up where he left off with a round of 66 on the opening day.

That was good enough to sit in a tie for 11th place overnight, and on the second morning the Challenge Tour rookie rocketed ten places up the leaderboard courtesy of eight birdies in a flawless exhibition of golf.        

Kim said: “If anything the pins were probably a bit tougher today than on the first day, but I putted so much better. The greens were very pure first thing this morning, so if you hit your putt on the right line, it’s going to drop. I hit the ball well in Denmark last week without making that many putts, so I knew if I could get my putter going here, I’d have a good week. You need to make a lot of birdies on this course if you’re going to win the tournament, so hopefully my putter will stay hot.”

Kim was joined in a share of second place by Hansen who, like Broberg, is also yet to drop a shot this week. 

For the second successive day, Hansen notched five birdies and an eagle to sign for a round of 65 and a 14 under par aggregate total.

Hansen’s fellow Dane Andreas Hartø (68), Rankings leader Gary Lockerbie of England (67) and American Peter Uihlein (68) are currently in a share of fourth place on 12 under par. 

European Tour champion John Parry, meanwhile, aced the third hole with a seven iron en route to posting a round of 65 which moved the Englishman to 11 under par.