Sixto 'two' good at Mountain Creek Open

Sixto two good at Mountain Creek Open
Sixto Casabona-navarro consolidated his lead going into the final round.

By KT Report

Published: Wed 11 May 2016, 8:52 PM

Last updated: Wed 11 May 2016, 10:56 PM

Sixto Casabona-navarro replicated his first-round performance by shooting another sub-par round to consolidate his lead going into the final round of the Mountain Creek Open by Golf Citizen on Wednesday.
Starting the day one in front, the 27-year-old Spaniard carded a solid one-under 71 on the demanding Seve Ballesteros-designed course to reach four under for the tournament, a good two-shots clear of Venezuela's Wolmer Murillo, who usually plies his trade on the Asian Tour.
India's Manish Goyal and Antonio Costa of Chile shared third a further adrift on one-under as Thailand's Witchayanon Chothirunrungrueng ended the day three shots off the pace alongside England's Joe Heraty and Fredrik Lindblom of Sweden.
It was Casabona-navarro who strengthened his belief that he we can win his first title on the MENA Golf Tour with another tidy showing.
"Again I played a solid tee-to-green game and putted well. Made two great up and downs - on the fourth and seventh - and that kept the momentum going," said Casabona-navarro.
"The course is playing tough, but I hit my approaches close to the pin and in the right areas, which made things easier.
"The thinking is to have fun and keep doing what I'm doing, roll some putts in and see where I am coming down the final stretch," said the Spaniard, whose best finish on the MENA Golf Tour being tied fourth at last year's Ghala Open in Muscat.
Venezuela's Murillo, who carded back-to-back 71s, felt he could have done better had his putter been on form. "I played very well and very happy to be in this situation. It would have been nice to have a few better, but just didn't putt that well.
"If I can get my putter going anything can happen on Thursday," said the 35-year-old Venezuelan, who will go out with Sixto Casabona-navarro in the final group on Thursday.
Thailand's Chothirunrungrueng, popularly known as Zoom, returned a second-round 74 to stay in the lead in the amateur division at level par, four shots ahead of India's Rayhan Thomas.

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