Adri Arnaus Takes Halftime Lead at Canary Islands Championship

Adri Arnaus
Adri Arnaus walks off the 1st tee followed by Masahiro Kawamura, and Justin Harding in front of a photograph of Seve Ballesteros to mark 10 years since his passing during Day Two of the Canary Islands Championship at Golf Costa Adeje on May 07, 2021 in Tenerife, Spain. (Photo by Andrew Redington via Getty Images)

Adri Arnaus fired a second-consecutive round of 64 at Golf Costa Adeje and will enter the weekend in Tenerife, Spain with a one-shot lead at the 2021 Canary Islands Championship.

The Spaniard, who carded weekend rounds of 66-66 on the same course at last week’s Tenerife Open, got off to a less than stellar start on Friday and was just 1 under through 11 holes. But a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 12 ignited a six-birdie scoring blitz to reach the mount at halftime on 14 under.

“I’ve been playing pretty smart,” said Arnaus. “After six days of playing this golf course, you know which spots are better than others.

“Even though I played really solid, when you don’t have it all you just have to be smart and place it in the right spots, give yourself some chances. That’s what we did today.

“Became a bit cold in the middle of the round but stayed patient and these last few holes paid off.

“Happy to make some birdies coming in.”

South Africa’s Garrick Higgo, who hoisted the trophy two weeks ago in Gran Canaria, was alone in second on 13 under following a brilliant bogey-free round of 63, which featured a birdie-par-birdie-eagle finish.

Scottish trio Calum Hill (65), Richie Ramsay (65) and Connor Syme (64) were tied for third on 12 under, alongside overnight leader Francesco Laporta (68) of Italy.

2021 Canary Islands Championship

Top-5 Leaders: Round 2
Pos-Player-To Par-(Rd 2)
1. Adri Arnaus -14 (-7)
2. Garrick Higgo -13 (-8)
3. Connor Syme -12 (-7)
3. Calum Hill -12 (-7)
3. Richie Ramsay -12 (-6)
3. Francesco Laporta -12 (-3)

Material from the European Tour Communications was used to compile this report.


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