Portuguese pair lead in Vilamoura

Portuguese pair lead in Vilamoura

July 24th, 2008

Two Portuguese players top the tree in the Ivobank PGA EuroPro Tour Oceanico Algarve Championship in Vilamoura. 

Ricardo Santos (Oceanico Developments) and Antonio Sobrinho (Vale Do Lobo) are both ten under going into Friday’s final round, both following opening rounds of 66 with 67s today (Thursday).

Santos recorded six birdies today on the Victoria course (par 72) following seven in Wednesday’s opening round on the Millennium course (par 71), but a bogey at 18 stopped him from claiming the outright lead. Sobrinho was two over at the turn on Victoria but tore the back nine apart, getting round in 29 with seven birdies to shoot 67.

Irishman Alan Murray is the closest challenger to Santos and Sobrinho, sitting at eight under for the tournament after following his opening round of 67 with a 68 on the Victoria course – an eagle at 17 doing his chances of a second win on Tour this year no harm.

Overnight leader Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge) shot a one under 71 on Victoria to move to seven under, where he is joined by Order of Merit leader Noel Fox (Team Ireland – MMI) who struck 70 on the same course.

Matthew Richardson (The Buckinghamshire) is five shots off the lead at five under after carding his second round of 69 this week – although back to back bogeys to finish scuppered his chances of joining Kilpatrick and Fox at seven under.

The cut was one over and the final round takes place on the Victoria course with the first pairing teeing off around 8am. Live scoring will be in operation for the conclusion of the Oceanico Algarve Championship, which can be accessed by clicking on the Score Updates link on the homepage.

Date Posted: 24/07/08, 8pm

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