Northern Ireland’s Eddie Polland took full advantage of an uncharacteristic slip by Seniors Tour Number One Tommy Horton to move into the lead on four under par after the second round of the season-ending Senior Tournament of Champions at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.
Polland, joint runner-up behind John Garner here last year, picked up four birdies in his round of 71 to move a shot clear of England’s Brian Waites, Welshman Craig Defoy and Spain’s Antonio Garrido. Horton, however, who led the elite field by three strokes overnight, had a horrendous day where he bogeyed nine holes on his way to a six over par 78 to fall three shots behind.
“Everything that could go wrong today did,” said Horton, aiming to win the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit for a fourth successive year. “It was a nightmare round.”
Polland claimed his maiden seniors Tour victory earlier in the season and, after a three-week break through injury, is now hoping to go one better than last year. “I love it here,” he said. “The course is magnificent and I’m just happy to be playing here.
“This is a wonderful tournament and a great venue. It was a tough day with all the rain but the course has held up well and now I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Welshman Craig Defoy, looking for his first triumph as a senior, briefly held the lead during a roller-coaster round that included six birdies and five bogeys but finished a shot off the pace.
“Six birdies in nice but there were too many bogeys,” he said. “It was a tough day. Tough conditions. But I played well and I’m enjoying it. The course is terrific.”
Liam Higgins, joint runnner-up with Polland 12 months ago, showed the old adage of horses for courses applies to Buckinghamshire GC as he advanced up the leaderboard with a second successive 71 to lie just two off the lead.