Nino Bertasio has a two-shot lead over Thomas Pieters, Lucas Bjerregaard, Adri Arnaus and Mathieu Pavon in Vilamoura: watch the third round of the Portugal Masters live on Saturday from noon on Sky Sports Golf
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 11/05/21 6:13 pm
Nino Bertasio saw his lead cut in half to two shots in the middle of the Portuguese Masters stage, with Thomas Pieters among the players to move into contention.
Bertasio failed to replicate his career high of 61 since opening day at the Dom Pedro Victoria golf course, mixing three birdies with a lone bogey on his way to 70 in the second round.
The Italian heads into the weekend 12 under and ahead of a four-way tie for second place, with Pieters as part of the chasing group after shooting four straight birdies in his last nine to help the former star of the league. Ryder Cup to a seven under 64.
“I couldn’t expect anything similar to yesterday,” Bertasio said. “A solid day. I didn’t hit many putts, the greens were a bit bumpy towards the end. I made three birdies and they were basically within two feet. I didn’t get much, but I’ll take it.”
Adri Arnaus continued his ghost-free start to the week and Lucas Bjerregaard posted a flawless 64 to join Pieters and Mathieu Pavon at 10 under, while Callum Shinkwin leads the English contingent and is three off pace thanks to a 67 in second. round. .
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“It’s a really good day when you don’t drop any shots and you don’t have ghosts on the card,” Arnaus said. “I managed to save some good pairs, but I took advantage of the opportunities. I thought today was not so easy because the bowling was pretty deep. We stuck to our game plan and played well.”
Sam Horsfield is at eight under par and Oliver Wilson, the player who won the first ’59 round ‘in European Tour history at this event in 2018, is another counterattack alongside British Masters winner Richard Bland, Scotsman Grant Forrest and the Malaysian Gavin Green.
“I’m limping a bit,” Bland said. “I have a tear in my left knee. To be fair, I’ve been playing with it for most of the season, but it’s only been bothering me on the walking side for the last four or five weeks. It’s getting worse. I’m glad. that I have six rounds of the year to play. “
Robert MacIntyre and Victory Perez head into the weekend three under par, while Matt Wallace missed the cut after making a triple bogey and a double bogey on his way to five over 76.
Watch the Portugal Masters all weekend live on Sky Sports. Live coverage of the third round begins Saturday at noon on Sky Sports Golf.