Ormsby’s opening round of 65 yesterday had him two off the lead of Padraig Harrington heading into today’s second round but although unable to match the brilliance of day one he recovered from an early bogey with a back nine of 2 under.
While there remains a long way to go in this week’s event, Ormsby will be eying the possibility of snatching one of the three places available at the Open Championship via the Irish Open which go to the leading three players not otherwise exempt and who finish inside the top ten.
At this stage all of the five players ahead of Ormsby on the leader-board are in the field for Royal Portrush as are three of the six players on his score through 36 holes.
Lucas Herbert (38th) and Sam Brazel (53rd) were the other Australians who made the cut and get to play this weekend.
The leader Zombard has staged a remarkable turnaround of form having missed his last eight cuts and has yet to win on the European Tour.
“It's really just hard graft the last three months,” said Lombard when explaining the battles he has faced of late. “I went through a bit of a bad spell missing a few cuts by one and just sticking to the process of my team. It just came together at the right time, I suppose, and happy with the results so far.
“I'm so comfortable on links golf. It's never just a normal shot. It's always a little three-quarter, a little punch, judging the wind right. I've had great success on links golf in my amateur career. I don't know, it's just more good feelings, and, hopefully, I can take it into the weekend.”
Lombard leads by one over Eddie Pepperell with another shot back to Lee Westwood, Jorge Campillo and Australian Open Champion Abraham Ancer.
First-round leader, Harrington, was ten shots worse in round two and now stands in 21st place.
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