Gary Wolstenholme (Getty Images)
Santiago Luna and Gary Wolstenholme will resume their head-to-head battle in the final round of the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open after the pair once again proved inseparable in the Swiss mountains.
The Spaniard and the Englishman carded second round scores of two under 68 to move to eight under and into a two stroke lead over former Masters Champion Ian Woosnam with 18 holes to play at the stunning Golf Club Bad Ragaz.
Woosnam’s second consecutive 67 enabled the Welshman to move into third place on his own, ensuring a final round date with Luna and Wolstenholme in Sunday’s final three ball.
Wolstenholme looked likely to be on the same six under mark as Woosnam after a double bogey on the 15th hole saw him drop two strokes, but a fine birdie on the 16th was followed by a brilliant seven iron approach to three feet on the last to bring him level with the Spaniard.
“It was a lot more difficult today,” said Wolstenholme. “The wind was stronger and playing late in the day makes a big difference; the greens were firmer and very difficult to read actually. So under those circumstances I think both Santi and I kept it together very well this afternoon.
“There are always going to be bigger moves from the earlier starters and we knew that and knew we probably just had to maintain our scores and we did that and I think that’s a credit to how we both played today.
“I was pretty solid all day and didn’t do a lot wrong really when I made the double bogey at the 15th, it just got away from me a little. But having done that I knew I especially wanted to finish strong and I managed to do that with birdies at the 16th and 18th so that was a pleasing way to respond to the disappointment.
“I was very impressed with Santi. I’ve never played with him before but have watched him on television and he was very impressive. Very, very few errors and steady play all round.
“But we were relaxed this afternoon, we had a nice time and a laugh on the way round. It will probably be a little more serious tomorrow afternoon but I am sure whoever lifts the trophy will be a worthy winner.”