Benny Ahlenbäck tommel

Benny Ahlenbäck takes a two shot lead into the final round of Finnish Open – Presented by ECCO 2013 at Master Golf in Helsinki.

Swede, Benny Ahlenbäck shot best round of the day to take control of the Finnish Open – Presented by ECCO. Ahlenbäck two shots clear of his country man, Niclas Johansson and Dane Anders Schmidt Hansen, with Jonas Magnusson in fourth spot one shot further back. The Finns are still in the game.

The second round of the Finnish Open began as the first ended with perfect conditions for the players. Midway through the day, the blue sky was temporarily replaced by dark clouds and major thunderstorms, as play was postponed by three hours. Dealing with the involuntary break the best was Benny Ahlenbäck who carded a 65 on the second day, to move to 11 under par for the tournament.

– I made some good par saves today, to keep the momentum going. I did hit really solid shots all day though, and I had quite a few easy tap-ins for birdie on several of the par fives. At the same time I puttet well, so in general it was just a good combination of playing very solid and putting well, the Swede happily explained after the round.

Ahlenbäck finds himself in the lead, but has the plan ready for Saturday’s final round of the Finnish Open – Presented by ECCO 2013.

– I am going to try not to think too much about winning tomorrow. In general I just have to do what I did today even though it is always a little tougher on the final day, if you are in contention. I have to stay patient out there and not rush it, because this really is not the golf course, where you want to rush things.

– Greens are tricky here at Master Golf, and it is easy to make bogeys if you start missing greens. But at the same time, if you play well and place the ball in the right positions, you can also make a lot of birdies, Ahlenbäck happily elaborated on this approach for the final round.

– So patience and continue playing like I did today is the key I think.

International players in the hunt
Behind Ahlenbäck the first round leader, Anders Schmidt Hansen shot a 69 to move to a total of nine under par. Alongside Hansen is Niclas Johansson, while Jonas Magnusson holds fourth spot at eight under par. Magnusson had a blistering start to his round and was six under par after nine holes, when thunder interrupted his round, producing eagles on both hole four and eight. The unlucky Swede will be looking back at the rain delay wondering, what could have happened.

Best Finns after the second round is Tuomas Tuovinen and Henri Satama, who are tied for fifth spot at seven under par. First-mentioned Tuovinen was for many years known as a great talent, and maybe the Finnish Open – Presented by ECCO will kick start his career, and secure him a return to the finer European Tours.

The current status of being best-placed amateur changed from Finland to Denmark, as Kasper Estrup of Aalborg Golf Klub shot a 68 and moved to seven under also sharing the fifth spot. Estrup is one of five amateurs who made the cut, with the other four being from the home side, Finland.

Again tomorrow there is free entrance at the Master Golf Club, so if you want to watch the soon-to-be stars, Helsinki is where you should spend your Saturday. Play begins at 8.00 Am and is expected to finish around 3:00 PM.

You find teetimes for the final round and the leaderboard here.



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