Lima carded a superb five under par round of 66 at Golf de Gouverneur to finish the day a shot behind leader Morten Orum Madsen, despite almost pulling out on the eve of the tournament with a recurring back injury.He made the call to play and admitted he felt pain throughout the round but seven birdies, including four in a row from the eighth hole, helped him to tied second place alongside Bjorn Åkesson of Sweden, Frenchman Baptiste Chapellan, Australian Daniel Gaunt and England’s Eddie Pepperell.
“It was a good round but a strange one,“ said Lima, who won the 2004 Saint Omer Open. “I was thinking of going home this morning, my back was really bad, but the physio stretched me out a little and I hit some balls and it was OK and then I felt good on the course.“I had a pain in my back but I hit some good shots and I holed some good putts. I was hardly thinking about the shots, just wanted to hit it straight and get through it but it’s funny because I played to about seven or eight under out there, just missed a couple of putts, so it’s very strange.
“At the beginning of the year I was playing really well but I wasn’t getting results and then to be injured and get a good score is really weird. It’s a funny game.
“I can’t find words to describe how it happened today but I don’t know now if I am going to play tomorrow because my back feels really bad.“I had a bad injury last year and I was out for three months and it’s the same pains now and they are getting worse and worse.”