The leading eight players automatically advance to round two of the six hole knockout match-play events while the other qualifiers face off in eight round-one encounters on Sunday morning.
Ireland’s Paul Dunne, Norway’s Kristoffer Retain and Australia’s Brad Kennedy tied for second, one shot behind Hangfors while Yuta Ikeda, Gareth Paddison, Thomas Pieters and Ryan Fox are the others to avoid the first round match-ups tomorrow.
Langfors is in his second season on the European Tour having graduated through Qualifying School last November but in the first four starts to date as European Tour cardholder he has not made a cent so this represents a significant turnaround.
After several years on the Nordic League Tour in Sweden these are giddy heights for the Swede but this is obviously a great opportunity along with the $A25,000 he earned for leading the field through 54 holes..
Brad Kennedy led the Australians for the second week in succession having finished runner-up last week at the Vic Open and given this is just his second start of the year he has found form quickly in 2019.
In the playoff for the final places in the match-play field, 11 players were required to compete for the ten remaining positions and it would be the Englishman Tom Murray who was the unlucky loser, Wade Ormsby holing a bunker shot during the process to stay alive.
Tomorrow, therefore, six Australians and two New Zealanders are amongst the twenty-four players with hopes still alive of a victory in this tri-sanctioned event between the European, Asian and Australasian Tours.
Spian's Adrian Otaegui remains as the leading world ranked player in the field but given the nature of six-hole match-play knockouts encounters this is still, very much, anybody’s event.
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