Friday, 19 March 2010

Ireland’s Eamonn Darcy carries a one shot lead into the final day of the Parkridge Polish Seniors Championship at Krakow Valley Golf and Country Club, where he will attempt to break his run of seven runner-up finishes.

Darcy’s severe case of “seconditis” stretches back to 2002, but the Irishman is confident of finding a cure after carding a round of 69.

Despite suffering back problems which required a cortisone injection and will rule him out of next week’s Jersey Seniors Classic, Darcy posted four birdies and a solitary bogey to lead by one stroke from Japan’s Katsuyoshi Tomori, who shot a 68.

Darcy said: “I actually played much better than I did yesterday – I just didn’t putt nearly as well. But I birdied the first hole and ended the day with another birdie from the sand on the last, which was a pleasing way to finish.

“I’ve been in this position a few times before, so all I can do is give it a go tomorrow. I’ll hope for the best, and let fate decide the rest.”

Tomori finished with three consecutive birdies to finish on six under par, one ahead of a quartet of players which includes Wales’ Ian Woosnam, who is seeking his maiden European Seniors Tour title.

Woosnam is eyeing his first strokeplay victory for more than a decade after he carded five birdies and a solitary bogey en route to a round of 68.

The Welshman, whose last European Tour victory came at the 1997 Volvo PGA Championship, said: “I played really well today but missed a lot of putts – a couple for eagle. I only really struggled on one hole – on most of the others, I had birdie chances. So it could’ve been even better, but I’m still fairly happy with a 68, because it puts me in the frame.

“It’s a nice position to be in, going into the final round. You can shoot low on this course if you putt well, so I’ve got a chance. It’d mean a lot to me to win on the Seniors Tour, because I haven’t won a strokeplay event since 1997. I won the World Match Play in 2001 but not a strokeplay event, so it’s been a while. ”

Woosnam was joined on five under par by overnight leader Bob Cameron of England, who endured an up and down front nine before settling the ship with a birdie on the 11th hole and seven straight pars for a round of 72.

Three time Seniors Tour winner Luis Carbonetti of Argentina was in flawless form, carding a bogey-free 67 for the joint lowest round of the day.

Domingo Hospital of Spain also kept the bogeys off his card in a round of 70 which keeps him in contention to capture his maiden Seniors Tour title on only his second appearance. 

Earlier in the day, Liam Higgins showed the luck of the Irish was with him when he aced the 13th hole – his seventh hole-in-one on a number 13.

The Irishman’s ace, which will see him receive 200 bottles of wine courtesy of sponsors Hardys, helped him to a four under par round of 68 which was eight shots better than his opening round. 

Higgins, three times a winner on the Seniors Tour and once on The European Tour, said: “They say 13’s unlucky for some, but not for me – that was my seventh hole-in-one on a hole 13. It was definitely the luckiest of the seven – the ball got wrapped up in the flag, and just dropped down into the hole. But I’ll certainly take it – though I might have to give half the wine to my wife.”

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
2HOSPITAL, DomingoESP18-13
3TOMORI, KatsuyoshiJPN18-9
T4DUGENY, PhilippeFRA18-8
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