ISPS Handa Vic Open: Sciot-Siegrist leads the way at mid-term – European tour

The only Frenchman hired this week in Australia, Robin Sciot-Siegrist performs in the great suburbs of Melbourne by offering orders at -14 (130). The Australian pack – nine players among the top twelve – nonetheless remains extremely threatening!

This is the great story of this start to the season! After having failed at the gates of the top 15 of the Challenge Tour 2019 (16th final place), after having secured a green fee on the European Tour by taking eighth place in the Accession Cards in Spain last November, Robin Sciot- Siegrist, 26 years old and the only tricolor present at the antipodes this week, is simply leading ISPS Handa Vic Open. After two laps, the left-hander of St-Nom-la-Bretèche (78) thus displays a score of 130 (-14) thanks to two magnificent maps of 66 (-6) and 64 (-8) made on the two tracks (Creek and Beach Courses) of this atypical event bringing together both men and women (of the LPGA Tour in particular).

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In 36 holes, the Frenchman, whose mother is Irish, has conceded only one bogey. Not bad when you know that the wind blew particularly in the second half of the day this Friday at Barwon Heads, in the large southern suburbs of Melbourne.

“It was a great day,” he said after the recording on the microphone of the European Tour. Kind of like yesterday (Thursday). I played very good golf and my putting was successful. No, frankly, everything went well. Generally, I do not draw too much plan on the comet. I’m just trying to do my job as best I can. Whether at the driving range or on the course … In competition, there is obviously pressure, but I try to do my best each time and then we see where it takes us. We’re halfway through. There are still two days left. I’m playing golf very well so far. Hopefully it continues like this. “

A nice shot anyway for someone who discovers Australia and who even hesitated to make this long trip. As he points out in the Figaro Golf Blog “I only played one tournament in 2020 (Editor’s note, cut missed at the South African Open at the beginning of January) and if I didn’t play the ISPS Handa Vic Open, it made me break six weeks off! I am caddey√© by Rudy Thuillier this season. We started our collaboration at SA Open. I find that it worked well, even if I did not pass the cut. We need to play to get to know each other. “

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However, he will have to face an impressive Australian armada this weekend (the tournament is co-sanctioned in men with the PGA Tour of Australasia). They are thus nine of the top twelve on the leaderboard, including Travis Smyth, only second at -12 (132), two lengths behind the leading man. We also find there the immense champion Geoff Ogilvy, 42 years old, today classified 1 669th world but who at the end of the 2000s had offered himself a US Open (2006) and three World Championships between 2006 and 2009, including two WGC-Match Play. Finally, it should be remembered that a second cut will take place this Saturday at the end of the third round. Only the top 35 and tied will be invited to the Beach Course, the most complicated course of the 13th Beach Golf Links, on Sunday!