Chris Paisley played his back nine in just 30 shots to sign for a second consecutive 65 and secure top seeding heading into the weekend at the Belgian Knockout.
The Englishman moved to 12 under to finish one shot clear of Section B winner Anton Karlsson, with the top 32 from Sections A and B advancing to the knockout stages at Rinkven International Golf Club.
The remaining 64 players will now go head to head over six rounds of nine hole stroke play knockout to find a winner at the second staging of the innovative event.
Norwegian Espen Kofstad fired a 67 to finish second in Section A at nine under, a shot clear of Dutchman Darius van Driel and two ahead of England’s Oliver Wilson.
Last week’s winner Bernd Wiesberger carded the lowest round of the day with a 64 to recover from an opening 76 and finish one shot above an eight man play-off for the final five spots.
After one trip up the play-off hole, it was English pair Tom Lewis and James Morrison, and Australian Adam Bland who missed out as they all bogeyed after errant tee shots.
Phil Mickelson has admitted that his chances to win the US Open and complete the career Grand Slam have probably come and gone.
Jason Day is excited about his partnership with caddie Steve Williams, and reckons it has given him a newfound hunger to return to the top.
Sergio Garcia is hoping to kickstart his summer with a solid performance at this week’s BMW International Open.
Brooks Koepka is back in action at this week’s Travelers Championship, even though he admits he is feeling “mentally exhausted”.
Francesco Molinari is set to receive a hero’s welcome upon his return to Rome for the Italian Open from October 10-13.
Madeira has been named Europe’s ‘leading island destination’ in the 2019 World Travel Awards for the fourth successive year.
Gary Woodland had one very special supporter cheering him on on Sunday. You might remember her.
Brooks Koepka came very close to winning his third straight US Open title at Pebble Beach on Sunday, but ultimately came off second best.