Euro Tour: Alejandro Canizares Ahead in Austria at Halftime

Alejandro Canizares Leads Austrian Golf Open at Diamond CC
Alejandro Canizares wrapped up from the cold during the second round of the Austrian Golf Open at Diamond CC on April 16, 2021 in Atzenbrugg, Austria. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Alejandro Canizares maintained his spot atop the leaderboard after two days of the 2021 Austrian Golf Open, but he had a two-time major winner breathing down his neck amid cold temps in Atzenbrugg, a suburb of Vienna.

The overnight leader, who entered Friday’s round at Diamond Country Club with a one-shot lead, immediately lost his No. 1 spot after dropping three shots in his opening two holes (bogey- double bogey).

The Spaniard recovered nicely, though, with a hat-trick of gains in the middle portion of his first nine, and from there carded four more birdies against two additional bogeys to sign for a 2-under 70, good for 7-under total at halftime.

“I struggled at the beginning, I then started hitting some great shots, I think the turning point was at the par three 15th hole where I made a long putt for birdie and that triggered it a little bit,” said Canizares, who started his second round on the back nine at Diamond Country Club.

“I started doing very well after that, didn’t make many putts – that was the only one, really. Overall it was a great round.

“I was trying to hit every shot the best that I could because at the start it was really cold and I was feeling it more than yesterday.

Martin Kaymer at Austrian Golf Open at Diamond CC
Martin Kaymer walks on the 2nd hole during the second round of the Austrian Golf Open at Diamond CC on April 16, 2021 in Atzenbrugg, Austria. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Former world No. 1 Martin Kaymer matched Canizares with a 70 to stay one back alongside American John Catlin, who also posted a 2-under par round.

2021 Austrian Golf Open

Top-5 Leaders: Round Two
Pos-Player-To Par-(Rd 2)
1. Alejandro Canizares -7 (-2)
2. Martin Kaymer -6 (-2)
2. John Catlin -6 (-2)
4. Justin Walters -5 (-4)
4. Max Kieffer -5 (-4)


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


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