Ireland’s Denis O’Sullivan and Scotland’s Bernard Gallacher both head into the final round of the Totalfina Elf Seniors Open with a great chance to win for the first time on the European Seniors Tour.
O’Sullivan, 52, a former Irish amateur champion, recorded a fine two under par 70 over the Marly course at Golf de Joyenval to finish the second round on six under par 138, a single shot ahead of Gallacher, the overnight leader who recorded a 72 for a five under par total of 139.
Gallacher, a former Ryder Cup captain, and the winner of 13 events on the regular European Tour, himself is one shot ahead of England’s Ian Richardson and two shots in front of two Englishmen, Neil Coles and Denis Durnian, and Welshman. Craig Defoy who were tied on 141, three under par.
Barry Sandry, David Good, Peter Townsend, Eddie Polland, Nick Job, Seiji Ebihara and Jim Rhodes were all tied on 142, two under par.
“It was tough out there,” said Gallacher, who is currently languishing in 34th place on the Seniors Tour money list. “I three-putted from nowhere on the 7th which unsettled me a bit but I came back well and I’m looking forward to getting the chance to win again.”
O’Sullivan held a three shot lead before bogies at both of the last two holes.
“It was an unfortunate finish but I still enjoyed it immensely and can’t wait to have a good scrap with Bernard in the morning.”
Englishman Jim Rhodes, had the round of the day when he added a five under par 67 to his opening 75 to move to two under par with 18 holes to go.
Rhodes, from Cannock, who won the recent British PGA Seniors Championship at Finham Park, Coventry, also hit the shot of the day when he eagled the 510-yard par-5 4th hole where he hit a 3-wood 232-yards from a downhill lie over water to five-feet from the hole.
Neil Coles was not quite so fortunate. He came to the last, a 468-yard par-5, at five under for the day but recorded a seven to drop back to three under.
Coles’ troubles began when he hit both his tee shot and his second shot into the left rough but he really came a cropper when he hit his third shot over the green into a dreadful lie in a bunker.
From there, the winner of the recent Microlease Jersey Seniors Open, had to hit his fourth shot sideways, pitched on and then two-putted for a double bogey.