Ireland’s Philip Walton is unhappy about the state of the Old Course at San Roque as he attempts to win back his European Tour card at the Qualifying School finals in Spain.
With torrential recent rain saturating the Dave Thomas design and putting it out of action until Monday, officials have been forced to play the first two rounds over the New Course at the Cadiz venue with Norway’s Eirik Tage Johansen leading by four shots on eight under par after a second round 71.
Making his eighth visit to the Qualifying School, 44-year-old Walton admitted that he needs a sub par second round on the New Course today to get back on track after a four over par 76 on Friday left him in 78th place.
The field has been split in two with Waterville’s David Higgins, who is nicely place into the vital top 30 after a level par 72, also due to play his second round today.
“I need to shoot a good score tomorrow to get back to get close to par again,” Walton said after nine holes practice over the Old Course yesterday. “The course is not in good nick but the greens are good. I’d hate to see what it was like four days ago.
“Some fairways have hardly any grass on them, especially the 12th and 13th. It seems like they need to put some fertiliser on the place. You could lose a ball in the rough out there with balls plugging. Hopefully they will get ball-spotters out there when I get to play it.”
The leading 70 and ties after 72 holes will contest the final two rounds on Wednesday and Thursday with the top 30 and ties earning full cards for 2007.