Lars Keunen maintains his lead after 2 rounds at the 2022 Fred.Olsen Alps de La Gomera.
La Gomera, July 15th 2022- First round leader, Netherland’s Lars Keunen maintains his lead following the second round of the 2022 Fred.Olsen Alps de La Gomera. He has a two-day total of 13 under-par. In a tie for 2nd place at 10 under-par only 3 shots back, three of this season previous winners: Koen Kouwenaar, Stefano Mazzoli and Tom Vaillant (am). In a tie for 5th place, Netherland’s Vince Van Veen.
It was another gorgeous day at La Gomera, the second-smallest main island of the Canary Islands, host of the 2022 Fred.Olsen Alps de La Gomera. The tournament played at the beautiful Tecina Golf began at 8:30 this morning under sunny skies. The scoring conditions were more favorable in the morning thanks to the slight breeze while in the afternoon, the conditions were more complicated due to a stronger persistent wind.
Round 2 Player Quotes-
First round leader, Netherland’s Lars Keunen maintains a 3 strokes lead heading into the final round of the tournament. He shot a 5 under-par,66 today for a two-day total of 13 under-par. His round toady included 4 birdies, 1 eagle and 1 bogey. After his round, Lars commented that his game “was pretty similar to yesterday, I unfortunately holed a few less putts. Today was definitely windier so it was slightly trickier. Tomorrow I will approach it like any other round, knowing that I have some good players only a few shots behind so I will definitely have to go low.” When asked what a win would mean to him, being 16th in the rankings, Lars responded “a win would be really great, I definitely need it but if it doesn’t happen tomorrow I know it will happen at some point but at least I’ll be able to move up in the ranking.”
Koen Kouwenaar, winner of the 2022 Molinetto Alps Open, is in a three-way tie for 2nd place at 10 under-par heading into tomorrow’s round. He shot the lowest round of the day with a fantastic 8 under-par 63. Being a past winner and currently 4th in the Order of Merit, he would like to add another title to his record which would move him up in the rankings securing him a spot for next year’s Challenge Tour. During today’s round, he made 6 birdies and 1 bogey on the front nine and 2 birdies, 1 eagle and a bogey on the back nine. After his round Koen commented on how today “there was definitely less wind than yesterday and from the afternoon, however the wind today was the opposite direction compared to yesterday. For example, today on the par 5,3rd yesterday I easily reached it in 2 and today I wasn’t able to reach it. Today the pins were slightly easier today compared to yesterday. There were some tricky ones for sure.” He also said that “My putter was very hot today especially on the back nine where on 15,16 and 17 I holed some nice long putts. I’m very happy with my -8 for today especially the way I stand. My game has improved a lot in the past few weeks as I’m avoiding a lot of big misses. On this golf course, distance control from the rough is very hard so I’m glad to be in the fairway for most of the day.” When asked about his strategy for tomorrow, Koen explained: “tomorrow I just want to be objective in the way I play, just do my thing. Don’t get distracted and be mentally very flat and not influenced by how my score is evolving throughout the round.”
Italy’s Stefano Mazzoli, who won the first event of the season, the 2022 Ein Bay Open is the second player tied for 2ndplace at 10 under-par. He shot 31 on the front nine and 34 on the back nine for a 6 under-par, 65 today. After his round, he explained that he played “well both days so far. I struggled both day scoring on the back nine even if I’m played really well. On the front nine my game was very solid both days. I missed some yardages on the back due to the wind. Tomorrow I need to take advantage of the short holes and the par 5 on the front nine. Also it’s important to maintain the ball in the fairway as distance control from the rough is tricky on this course.”
French amateur, Tom Vaillant two-time winner this season, and 2nd in the current ranking is looking to add a third title to his season. He is the third player who is tied with a two-day total of 10 under-par heading into the final round tomorrow. Tom made 8 birdies and 1 bogey during his second round. At the conclusion of his 7 under-par round, he mentioned “my game is great, I’m feeling really good and I think this course is a very good fit for me. Today was definitely windier for me compared to yesterday. Tomorrow I will approach the course with the same strategy than the past two days and we will see what happens.” He also added that his plan to change his playing status from amateur to professional should occur at the end of this year.
In 5th place at 9 under-par, Netherland’s Vince Van Veen. There is a 6-way tie for 6th place just one stroke back that includes: Gary Hurley, Davey Porsius and Julien Sale (am).
The final round of the 2022 Fred.Olsen Alps de La Gomera, will begin at 8:30 am from hole 1 and hole 12.
A total of 49 players made the cut which was set at even par (142). The leaders will tee off at 9:47 am from the 1st hole. The winner of the 2022 Fred.Olsen Alps de la Gomera, will earn the winner’s check of €5,800 and 6,525 very important Order of Merit points.
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The 2022 Fred.Olsen Alps de La Gomera is promoted and organized by JGolf. The tournament can count on the support of the Fred. Olsen S.A., the Federación Canaria de Golf, the Gobierno de Canarias, Promotur Turismo de Canarias, el Cabildo Insular de la Gomera and Kyocera. The Fred Olsen Alps De La Gomera supports the celebration of the 2023 Solheim Cup.
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