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Ben Campbell tied for second in Morocco

Ben Campbell Asian Tour golf
Ben Campbell is tied for second at the Asian Tour's International Series Morocco. PHOTO: BEN CAMPBELL

In an otherwise rough day for New Zealand golfers on the links in Europe and North Africa, Ben Campbell shone out.

Campbell was the only one of six golfers playing on the Asian Tour, DP World Tour and Ladies European Tour to move in a positive direction during their second rounds on Friday (Saturday NZ Time).


Campbell fired a bogey-free three-under 70 on day two at the Asian Tour's International Series Morocco tournament, moving from a tie for eighth to a five-way share of second at eight-under, one off the lead.

The 32-year-old concluded his round with back-to-back bogeys at the par-four 17th and par-five 18th holes, after also picking up a shot at the par-five fifth.

Campbell has now gone 36 holes without a bogey, after carding a five-under 68 in the first round on Thursday (Friday NZT), with birdies at the fifth, seventh, ninth, 15th and 17th holes.

It was a different story for fellow Kiwi Kazuma Kobori, who carded a four-over 77 in round two to drop from the 18-hole lead to a share of 21st at three-under. It was an 11-shot reversal after his bogey-free seven-under 66 in the first round.

Kobori had a lone birdie at the 17th, but had bogeys at the 11th, 14th and 15th holes and a double-bogey at the third.

At the DP World Tour's BMW International Open in Munich, Germany, Ryan Fox, Sam Jones and Daniel Hillier all slid down the leaderboard.

Fox was the only one of the trio to make the 36-hole cut despite a one-under 71 seeing him drop 21 places into a tie for 33rd at four-under, nine strokes behind the leader, Scotland's Ewen Ferguson.

The 36-year-old made five birdies, including three straight at the fourth, fifth and sixth holes, but also posted two bogeys and a double-bogey.

Fox will tee off his third round on Saturday at 8.13am local time (6.13pm NZT).

Rookie Jones missed the cut by one shot at two-under after a one-over 73 on day two that featured three birdies and four bogeys, dropping 54 places after his three-under 69 in the first round.

Starting at the 10th, the 28-year-old made back-to-back birdies at the 11th and 12th, but then made four bogeys in the next seven holes to put him in danger. After seven straight pars, a birdie at the ninth was not enough.

Hillier had a colourful round, with five birdies, five bogeys and a double-bogey in a two-over 74 to drop 20 spots into a share of 128th at three-over, easily missing the cut.

At the LET's Team Series London tournament, Momoka Kobori dropped down into a tie for 42nd after a one-over 74 in the third and final round, finishing at five-over, 13 strokes behind the winner.


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