Day Two Report: Markus Braadlie remains in the lead at Royal Birkdale

Day Two Report: Markus Braadlie remains in the lead at Royal Birkdale

Markus Braadlie maintained his lead after Day Two of The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy.

Norway’s Braadlie had a difficult start to his round but fought back to lead by one shot from Sami Valimaki.

Speaking afterwards, Braadlie said: “I started off badly and had two lost balls so I lost some shots but after I was solid and managed to make a few birdies and fight back.”

17 year old Braadlie will start tomorrow’s last round in the final group. Looking ahead to Thursday he said: “I feel good I’m going to try and play the same and play as well as I can and see how it goes. “

Braadlie is two under par for the tournament with Sami Valimaki one behind after a round of 71 which included four birdies. Denmark’s Rasmus Hojgaard is a further two shots back.

Scotland’s Hazel MacGarvie was one of the standout performers of day, hitting a round of 70. That leaves her four over par for the Tournament.

Speaking in the Clubhouse, she said: “I think I played well, I’m just annoyed that I double bogeyed on 17. The conditions were great.  I might as well go all out for it tomorrow. It’s the last competition of the season so I will play as well as I can.”

Canada’s Chloe Currie and Switzerland’s Chiara Tamburlini are joint leading girls after the second round of competition in Southport.

Currie had a particularly strong day, hitting a round of 72 to move up to joint fourth in the leaderboard.

The Duke of York watched competitors on a glorious day in the Lancashire sunshine.  His Royal Highness will present the winner’s Trophy tomorrow afternoon.

With six players all within five shots of leader Braadlie, it promises to be an exciting final day of this year’s competition.