12th March 2010 | Alps Tour Golf
Garcia Del Moral 3 shots clear
Jordi Garcia Del Moral, 24 year old, took the lead of Peugeot Open El Escorpion. He signed for the best score of the day, 64, -7 to take a 3 stroke advantage ahead of Italian Matteo Delpodio. Young Spanish is full member of Challenge Tour but is just coming back from wrist surgery.
“I know the course well, I am living one hour from here and I often play practice rounds here. I feel relax to play here because it is not my circuit. I came to train. I have a medical exemption on Challenge Tour with a full category, I will play small European Tour events in April if I can then I will focus on Challenge Tour. Today, my back nine was a dream. I putted so well and I holed one putt for eagle on the 15th hole after a great 3 wood of 243 meters. I am very pleased to play with Matteo tomorrow. We are good friends.”
Yesterday leader, Italian Delpodio holed a beautiful eagle too on the 18th hole, his ninth. Confident teeing off the back nine, he missed some putts to increase his advantage. He dropped one shot with a bad 3 putt on the hole 3, short par 4. On the following green, after a wonderful shot and only 60 cm to go, he holed for birdy. It was his last one. Then, his driving was not so precise and he had to play great golf to save pars. He scored 69 and completed his two rounds with a total of -7.
“I know Jordi well, we have played St Andrews Trophy together in 2006 as amateur. We are really good friends. Tomorrow will be a good and fun day. I hope I will hole more putts if I want to challenge him.”
At 3rd position, two Spanish players are -5 in total, Jorge Campillo and Jesus Legarrea, member of the Alps Tour. Then one stroke behind, former European Tour player, Italian big hitter, Emanuele Canonica and English Steve Lewton, recently graduated from the Challenge Tour via his second place at the 2009 Alps Tour final order of merit.
The cut is fixed at +2.