Ian Woosnam reignited his Senior Tour Order of Merit challenge with a three under par 69 in the second round of the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters.
The Welshman, who needs a top ten to regain pole position in the race to finish Number One, birdied three of his opening five holes and got himself into red figures with a fourth birdie of the day on the 11th. His only error came on the 16th, when he drove into the fairway trap, but at level par for 36 holes the former Ryder Cup Captain is back in the hunt.
“I played really well today but couldn’t read the greens,” he said. “It could have been a very low score but the greens, while they are very good, are also difficult to read. I had a lot of good chances and it has got me back in there.”
Woosnam also reverted back to his old clubs after trying a new set in the first round. The move was prompted by the need to “break in” some new irons with the new groove ruling coming into force next year, but after an opening 75 he decided to stick with his existing irons for a little longer.
The battle to finish Number One is heading towards a straight fight between Woosnam and Sam Torrance and there is sure to be plenty of twists and turns before the title is decided.
But while Woosnam and Torrance are jostling for position on the Order of Merit, Australian Peter Senior is the man to catch in the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters, having moved to seven under par and three clear of the chasing pack with five holes remaining of his second round.