Bryson DeChambeau carded a second-day 68 to maintain a one-shot advantage at the halfway point of the 2018 Porsche European Open.
DeChambeau started his second day at Green Eagle Golf Courses somewhat slow, offsetting two bogeys with a pair of birdies to sit even par through 11 holes. But the 24-year old California native strung together three gains in his next four holes to move into a tie atop the leaderboard, and after a final score on No. 18 he was all alone in front at 10-under par.
“I’m absolutely satisfied. The wind made playing pretty tough out there and I was fortunate enough to hit it in the right spots, miss it in the right spots, get a couple of lucky breaks and take advantage of them when I needed to,” said DeChambeau, who is in search of his first European Tour win, and second worldwide victory of 2018.
“It wasn’t my best form but I got it around, shot four under and I stay in the hunt.
“Just a little frustrating off the tee today, I thought I’d worked something out yesterday and it worked a little bit but I’ve got to go back to the range and work a little harder.
“I left a couple out there but also made a couple of key ones so it averaged out.”
England’s Richard McEvoy (65) and Austria’s Matthias Schwab (67) were one back at 9-under par. Reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed was a shot further back at 8 under after second-day 66. The American sits T4 alongside Scot David Drysdale (67) and France’s Romain Wattel (69).
Frenchman Alexander Levy (68) and Welshman Bradley Dredge (69) were at 7-under par.
Englishman Paul Casey posted a second-straight 69 and headlines a group of four at 6-under par.
American Pat Perez missed the cut after rounds of 74 and 75.
TOP 5 LEADERS
1. Bryson DeChambeau -10
2. Richard McEvoy -9
2. Matthias Schwab -9
4. Patrick Reed -8
4. Bradley Dredge -8
4. David Drysdale -8
DeCHAMBEAU’S DAY-TWO HIGHLIGHTS
“It wasn’t my best form but I got it around, shot four under and I stay in the hunt.”
– Bryson DeChambeau