Friday, November 3rd, 2017
Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts leads by four shots at the halfway stage at the Turkish Airlines Open after a second successive round of 64.
Colsaerts shared the lead with Joost Luiten and Haydn Porteous after the opening day but took control of the tournament with another impressive performance.
He had four birdies on the front nine and three coming home, with no bogeys, to reach 14 under par and finish the day four shots clear of Eddie Pepperell, who is 10 under.
Colsaerts is playing the Turkish Airlines Open for the fourth time and his previous best finish was last year’s 43rd place at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort.
He said: “I kind of had to work a little bit for this one. Thursday was kind of eyes closed and everything kind of falling on my lap.
“It is actually more satisfying to shoot the same score but having to go and find it a little bit more. I still played great. I kept the ball in play the way I wanted.
“I'm quite happy with my game, and I probably know this course a little better because we came last year. But this time I probably understand how to play the course a little bit better.”
Englishman Pepperell finished with two birdies for a second straight round of 66 and Thai player Kiradech Aphibarnrat is third at nine under par after his 67.
Matt Fitzpatrick forced his way into contention with a six-under-par round of 65 and he shares fourth place at eight under with Stephen Gallacher, Matthew Southgate and Shane Lowry, with Lee Westwood a shot further back.
Justin Rose’s 68 took him to five under and 13th, along with the likes of Ian Poulter, Tyrrell Hatton, Padraig Harrington and last year’s champion Thorbjorn Olesen.
Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood is one under for the week and tied for 38th place and Henrik Stenson is two over and 62nd.