European Tour

Belgian stars ready to rumble as Knockout drama awaits

2018-05-18 22:01
Nicolas Colsaerts
Nicolas Colsaerts (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Home heroes Nicolas Colsaerts, Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters all cruised into the weekend of the Belgian Knockout, when they will be among the 64 players battling it out in an exciting stroke play match play format.

Day Two at Rinkven International Golf Club came to a dramatic conclusion as an 11-man play-off took place to decide the final eight players to progress.

Romain Wattel and Ryan Evans were the 63rd and 64th players to earn their berths in the weekend action with a bogey each on the third extra hole.

Jorge Campillo, one of the most in-form players on the European Tour with four top five finishes already this season, emerged as the top seed as the Spaniard boasted the 36-hole lead on eight under par following two 67s.

"I played a solid two rounds and hit a bunch of greens. I'm happy with both rounds. Today it was cold in the morning and it wasn't playing easy the first few holes. Conditions were similar," said Campillo.

"So it was playing easy. But this golf course, it doesn't play easy. It's a tricky course. It's a nice test. I wish it was a regular tournament in the position I am in right now, but it is what it is. It is better being on the top than on the bottom but you still have to win tomorrow.

"You can have a high number on a hole and that can get you two or three shots on one hole. You still have to play the same golf I think. It's a nice format I guess if you are playing good to play medal match play than regular match play," he said.

Although the top 16 will enjoy a slight advantage with the luxury of knowing a draw in the opening match will see them progress to the next round, it really is all to play for at the weekend in Antwerp with every player in with a shout of claiming the title.

The large home crowds at the beautiful tree-lined venue will be hoping one of their own can triumph and those chances remain strong, with Detry leading the Belgian charge courtesy of a six-under total for the regular stroke play stage, and Colsaerts and Pieters also through.

Scores:

134 J Campillo (Esp) 67 67, 

135 J Heath (Eng) 68 67, 

136 T Detry (Bel) 67 69, D Papadatos (Aus) 69 67, V Perez (Fra) 69 67, S Kjeldsen (Den) 70 66, J Winther (Den) 67 69, 

137 A Otaegui (Esp) 69 68, G Green (Mas) 67 70, M Baldwin (Eng) 67 70, M Fraser (Aus) 70 67, N Cullen (Aus) 68 69, B Hebert (Fra) 68 69, L Gagli (Ita) 69 68, N Geyger (Chi) 67 70, 

138 J Janewattananond (Tha) 69 69, J Walters (RSA) 70 68

139 D Lipsky (USA) 71 68, N Colsaerts (Bel) 68 71, G Havret (Fra) 72 67, O Fisher (Eng) 70 69, T Linard (Fra) 69 70, J Geary (Nzl) 69 70, 

140 T Pieters (Bel) 73 67, J Hansen (Den) 72 68, H Porteous (RSA) 71 69, S Gallacher (Sco) 71 69, M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 70 70, M Southgate (Eng) 73 67, O Farr (Wal) 71 69, 

141 L Herbert (Aus) 69 72, R Cho (Kor) 71 70, C Bezuidenhout (RSA) 71 70, D Drysdale (Sco) 69 72, S Horsfield (Eng) 68 73, C Mivis (Bel) 71 70, N Kimsey (Eng) 71 70, S Fernandez (Esp) 72 69, 

142 J Dantorp (Swe) 73 69, A Rai (Eng) 70 72, A Bland (Aus) 70 72, M Kieffer (Ger) 72 70, R McEvoy (Eng) 71 71, E Van Rooyen (RSA) 69 73, J Luiten (Ned) 74 68, R Karlsson (Swe) 71 71, R Ramsay (Sco) 72 70, R Sciot-Siegrist (Fra) 70 72, J Smith (Eng) 70 72, J Morrison (Eng) 70 72, P Oriol (Esp) 71 71, M Schneider (Ger) 72 70, A Hansen (Den) 72 70, E Goya (Arg) 72 70, M Schwab (Aut) 70 72, D Stewart (Sco) 71 71, 

Play-off: 

143 L Canter (Eng) 73 70, J Choi (Kor) 74 69, S Vincent (Zim) 68 75, R Fox (Nzl) 72 71, J Fahrbring (Swe) 70 73, F Aguilar (Chi) 72 71, T Lewis (Eng) 73 70, J Zunic (Aus) 75 68, R Wattel (Fra) 74 69, C Shinkwin (Eng) 71 72, R Evans (Eng) 67 76,

CUT

144 L Jensen (Den) 72 72, P Khongwatmai (Tha) 72 72, R Gouveia (Por) 76 68, A Wu (Chn) 72 72, C Blomstrand (Swe) 73 71, M Decottignies-Lafon (Fra) 72 72, C Koepka (USA) 73 71, R Langasque (Fra) 70 74, M Siem (Ger) 71 73, D Huizing (Ned) 70 74, R Bland (Eng) 75 69, B Neil (Sco) 76 68, G Stal (Fra) 74 70, C Sordet (Fra) 72 72, P Angles (Esp) 70 74, Z Lombard (RSA) 76 68, A Connelly (Can) 71 73, M Foster (Eng) 73 71, 

145 C Ford (Eng) 71 74, P Hanson (Swe) 74 71, R Jacquelin (Fra) 73 72, S Lee (Kor) 76 69, C Syme (Sco) 75 70, B Hafthorsson (Isl) 73 72, M Warren (Sco) 71 74, 

146 A Pavan (Ita) 72 74, S Heisele (Ger) 72 74, J Stalter (Fra) 75 71, A Dodt (Aus) 75 71, S Brown (Eng) 73 73, Ó Serna (Mex) 73 73, A Chesters (Eng) 71 75, F Laporta (Ita) 75 71, S Gros (Fra) 74 72, A Cohen (Isr) 71 75, P Widegren (Swe) 75 71, B Stone (RSA) 76 70, K Koivu (Fin) 76 70, 

147 M Nixon (Eng) 75 72, A Saddier (Fra) 73 74, J Kruyswijk (RSA) 72 75, B Evans (Eng) 72 75, B Dredge (Wal) 73 74, T Aiken (RSA) 76 71, J Munro (Aus) 73 74, J Carlsson (Swe) 75 72, M Armitage (Eng) 75 72, F Fritsch (Ger) 73 74, B Rumford (Aus) 72 75, D Brooks (Eng) 77 70, K Hesbois (Bel) 72 75, A Knappe (Ger) 72 75, L Buijs (Bel) 76 71, M Lafeber (Ned) 76 71, J Quesne (Fra) 73 74, B Ritthammer (Ger) 72 75, 

148 C Hanson (Eng) 75 73, M Tullo (Chi) 72 76, T Murray (Eng) 74 74, C Wood (Eng) 72 76, S Chawrasia (Ind) 77 71, R McGowan (Eng) 72 76, J Norris (Aus) 78 70, 

149 J Arnoy (Nor) 76 73, 

150 J Donaldson (Wal) 73 77, A Dumont De Chassart (am) (Bel) 76 74, 

151 R Saxton (Ned) 76 75, T Fisher Jnr (RSA) 74 77, J Thomson (Eng) 76 75, H Joannes (Bel) 77 74, D Im (USA) 81 70, 

152 M Pavon (Fra) 76 76, J De Wouters (am) (Bel) 77 75, 

153 A De Bondt (am) (Bel) 75 78, 

154 S Piaget (Mon) 77 77, 

155 O Lindell (Fin) 76 79, 

157 Y Van Doren (am) (Bel) 80 77,

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