Jimmy Heggarty fired six birdies en-route to a 67 in the second round of the Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters today, but still finds himself nine shots adrift of leaders Frankie Minoza and Boonchu Ruangkit.
The four under par round leaves Heggarty on level par for the tournament while Denis O’Sullivan suffered a miserable day, rattling up an 84 to leave himself in last place after 36 holes in Brunei.
Playing with O’Sullivan for the second straight day, Heggarty made a blistering start to his round. Four birdies in his opening six holes helped him to reach the turn in 32, with a dropped shot on the 2nd the only blemish.
Further birdies at the 11th and 12th briefly got the Ulsterman under par before a bogey at 14 meant he had to settle for a 67, and a spot just outside the top 20.
Whilst Heggarty was making his way up the leaderboard, Denis O’Sullivan was tumbling in the opposite direction.
The man from Cork played the front nine in a disappointing 38 before his tournament unravelled on the inward nine.
A birdie at the 12th proved to be a false dawn as he didn’t manage a par or better over his last six holes. A double bogey seven at the 15th was followed by a quadruple bogey 8 at the penultimate hole and a closing bogey meant a back nine of 46 and a two round total 17 over par for O’Sullivan, leaving him four shots adrift of the field.
Overnight leader Ruangkit added a 69 to his opening 64 to head into the final round on nine under par, where he is joined by Minoza, who fired a day’s best round of 66 to earn a share of the lead.
The pair hold a one shot advantage over South African Chris Williams with David Merriman another shot further back.