A storming finish helped Denis Durnian keep the lead after the second round in the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open at Bad Ragaz Golf Club in Switzerland.
The Englishman fired a two under par 68 in the European Seniors Tour event to lead on 10 under par from the defending champion Horacio Carbonetti from Argentina.
Carbonetti shot a 65, while England’s Bob Cameron is two strokes further back after returning a 68.
Durnian match the course record with a 62 on the opening day but the pressure of being able to match that performance appeared to tell when he made four bogies in the middle part of his round to lie one over for the day with five to play.
However, Durnian who has won three times on the Seniors Tour, rallied by eagling the par five 16 and birdieing the last.
“It was a good finish but up until then it had been hard work. It is always difficult to card a good score after a very low round,” said Durnian, whose last victory on the Seniors Tour came in the 2002 Estoril Tour Championship.
Carbonetti was delighted to be in with a chance again at Bad Ragaz.
“It is always difficult to defend a title but I guess I am very comfortable playing here and that is very important to playing well,” said Carbonetti, whose brother Luis is six behind Durnian.
Japan’s Seiji Ebihara, Italian Giuseppe Cali, and Martin Gray from Scotland are on six under for the tournament.
England’s Carl Mason, a two time winner this year who is in second place on the Seniors Tour Order of Merit list, got himself back into contention after shooting a 65. He is four under for the tournament along with Scotland’s Bill Longmuir, who returned a 66.