Fri 1st August 2014
A back nine of 30 which included two eagles propelled Ben Evans to the top of the leaderboard on the second morning of the inaugural Azerbaijan Golf Challenge Open.
The Englishman opened with a three-putt bogey and was one over par after nine holes, but picked up six shots on his way home to sign for a round of 67 and enter the weekend on 11 under par, one shot ahead of Benjamin Hebert, who posted a stunning 62.
Evans’ remarkable run at The National Azerbaijan Golf Club began on the tenth hole, where he flushed his five wood to six feet and rolled in the putt for a morale-boosting eagle.
That was the catalyst for a birdie burst over the next two holes, and he leapt to the head of affairs after driving the 17th green and holing the resulting eagle putt from ten feet.
Evans said: “I actually played better today than I did yesterday. It took me a while to get going, but the eagle on the tenth was just the start I needed to my back nine.
“We got a bit lucky with the wind, because it dropped off at the start of the back nine, and there’s no chance of reaching the tenth in two if you’re hitting into the wind. Then it picked up towards the end of the round, when most of the holes play downwind.
“I’ve got the most out of my two rounds, because I didn’t actually feel that comfortable yesterday. My driving has been very good, but my irons weren’t quite on song. So to shoot 11 under over the two days is pretty good going.”
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