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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Bolger staying patient in bid for qualifier success

Jason Day required six extra holes to secure the Farmers Insurance Open title Photo: Getty
Jason Day required six extra holes to secure the Farmers Insurance Open title Photo: Getty

Brian Keogh

Jimmy Bolger insists he must remain patient after a late double bogey left him five shots outside the top five who will win cards at the Staysure Tour Qualifying School Final Stage in Portugal.

The Kilkenny pro (50) was two-over-par for his opening round with two holes to play as high winds tested the 75-strong field on the Vale da Pinta course at Pestana Golf Resort.

But despite driving out of bounds at the 418-yard eighth (his 17th) en route to a four-over 75, Bolger believes a level par total for four rounds could be good enough to win one of just five cards on the rebranded European Senior Tour.

"Four over wasn't a fair reflection of how I played," said Bolger. "It was very windy and hard to control distance, especially putting. A good target would be level par on a very tricky golf course. It's the sort of course that requires a calm head, so I'm just trying to stay patient."

Former European Challenge Tour winner Mats Hallberg (53) carded a 67 for a one-stroke lead over England's Mark Booth. All players within eight shots of fifth place after tomorrow's third round will contest the final day.

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