Scotland’s John Chillas was one of only two players to break par on day two of the Open de France Seniors as he took a share of the lead with Australia’s Brian Jones and Englishman Bob Cameron.
Chillas fired a one under par 71 in cold and windy conditions at Omaha Beach Golf Club, which was a round matched only by Frenchman Gery Watine, who is one stroke off the lead.
Jones fired a 72 while Cameron returned a 73 for a two round aggregate of one under par 143. First round leader Alan Mew from Trinidad & Tobago slipped back with a 78 and is three strokes behind the leaders.
Said Chillas: “Tee to green was really good today in tough conditions. I did not hole a putt at all until the 12th when I holed a 20 footer. I missed everything from inside 10 feet for the first 10 holes.”
The Scotsman, who has one victory to his credit on the Seniors Tour in last year’s Travis Perkins Senior Masters, missed a tricky downhill four footer on the last for birdie.
“I just hung in there, the back nine was hard work. It’s nice to be in this position going into the final round. I am certainly in there, alive and kicking,” added Chillas, who played the front nine in level par and made two birdies and a bogey coming home.
Jones suffered on the penultimate hole where he lost his ball after badly pulling his second shot with a five iron. He double bogeyed the hole but recovered on the 18th with a birdie.
“I played really good but just hit a bad shot on 17. I don’t know what the problem was I just hit a really bad shot. I went a bit quick at it I suppose because of the wind. It was in trouble wherever it was going,” said Jones.
Cameron, in his second season on the Seniors Tour, gave himself an excellent chance of claiming his first title by fighting his way back after a bad outward half. He shot a three over par 39 but then toured the back nine in two under.
In what is the third leg of this year’s Seniors Tour, England’s David J Russell, who is making his debut on the circuit, carded a 76.
The man better known as “DJ” led the tournament on five under after nine holes but then hit trouble with double bogeys on 11 and 13. The Englishman is two shots off the lead.
Northern Ireland’s Eddie Polland and Australian David Good are one shot off top spot with Watine after carding rounds of 73 and 74 respectively.