“It’s always tough after a round like that yesterday. I felt like I hit just as well, just missed a few more greens and didn’t putt as well, but I ‘was happy with how I finished there’ – England’s Jordan Smith, who shares Portugal Masters lead with Gavin Green
Last update: 28/10/22 19:06
Highlights from the second round of the Portuguese Masters in Vilamoura.
England’s Jordan Smith sits alongside Gavin Green at the top of the Portugal Masters mid-term standings after stringing together Thursday’s clear 62 with a 67.
Overnight leader Smith finished his second round with back-to-back birdies of 17th and 18th to head into the weekend on 13-under at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.
He joined morning compatriot Green on that mark after the Malaysian had seven birdies and a solitary bogey in his second-round 65.
Finn Tapio Pulkkanen and Frenchman Benjamin Hebert were a shot back to tie for third after each calling the opening 66 with a matching 64 to remain bogey-free after 36 holes, while England’s Eddie Pepperell was in a four-man group on 11 under after also carding a 64 on Friday.
Smith battled illness after catching the flu last weekend, but showed no signs of it on the course.
He said: “It’s always tough after a round like that yesterday.
“I felt like I hit just as well, I just missed a few more greens and didn’t putt as well, but I was happy with how I finished there. .”
With this week’s event being the last chance for players to earn points to retain their playing privileges on the DP World Tour, many of those who needed to make the cut in order to keep their hopes alive did so. .
Among them was England’s David Horsey, who entered the week 123rd in the standings – six adrift of the magic mark of 117. He birdied eight and bogeyed in his 64 to qualify for the weekend and stay with a chance.
Watch the Portugal Masters throughout the week live on sky sports. Live coverage continues Saturday from 1 p.m. Sky Sports Golf.