Santiago Luna and Peter T Wilson battled the elements on a difficult day for scoring and will take a share of the Farmfoods European Senior Masters lead into the final round.
The overnight rain continued throughout the morning delaying the second round. A 1:15 pm shotgun start was scheduled following monumental effort from the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club grounds crew to prepare the course for play.
The rain, wind and single digit temperatures ensured that the players faced a brutal encounter with only five players carding under par rounds. One player who made the most of his chances was Santiago Luna.
“It was a hard day, it was a different golf course today with a different wind,” Luna said. “It was wet, and it was cold, especially for someone from Spain, so I’m really happy.”
The Spaniard held sole possession of the lead and was piecing together the round of the day before two late blemishes dropped him down towards the field.
“I missed a few greens, but I was really good out of the bunkers,” he said. “I made a lot of up and downs from the sand, which was really good because it gave me a lot of confidence, and I was really good with the putter. I finished with two three-putts on nine and ten, but it’s okay, I’m really happy because it was a tough day — I’ll sign for that score on a day like this.”
Wilson kept up the pace with the best round of the day signing for a 69. The two men now hold a slender advantage over the overnight leader, Markus Brier. Two shots behind Brier are Ian Woosnam, Barry Lane and Jarmo Sandelin who will aim to overturn the leaders three shot over them.
It is all well placed to be another eventful finish at the Forest of Arden.