England’s Denis Durnian, playing his first tournament in almost ten years, shot a second round of 70, two under par, to move to six under and within three shots of the lead held by Australian Ian Stanley in the inaugural Coca-Cola Kaiser Karl European Trophy at Haus Kambach, Germany.
Durnian, who turned 50 only on Friday, is playing his first event on the European Seniors Tour and trails Stanley, who shot a 69 to move to nine under par as he chases his maiden Seniors Tour title..
“It will take a while to control my nerves, and game under pressure,” said Durnian. “But it’s good to be out on Tour again.”
Although Durnian never won on the European Tour, he recorded four runners-up finishes. He also set an Open Championship record of 28 for nine holes at Royal Birkdale in 1983.
Stanley fired three birdies in an outward half of 33 and then, after a bogey five on the long 14th, birdied the 17th to lead Seiji Ebihara by two. “It was not easy today,” he said. “But I putted well and look forward to the final round.
Ebihara added a 73 to his opening 64 to lead on seven under par while Neil Coles, chasing a record 46th title after becoming the first player to win in six different decades last month, moved into contention with a round of 69 to lie in joint fourth place five shots off the pace.