• Wales Open, 2nd Round

Bond responds to call at Celtic Manor

ESPN staff
August 30, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Liam Bond is making the most of his late call-up © Getty Images
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On Wednesday, Liam Bond was on a golf course with his seven-year-old daughter not scheduled to play at the Wales Open. One call and an invite later, he holds the lead at Celtic Manor.

The Welshman received an invite from the European Tour just 24 hours before the start of the Wales Open, and he fired a three-under 68 to hold a one-shot lead over Espen Kofstad and Tjaart Van Der Walt. Bond is five-under for the tournament after an excellent day on the greens in the first event to feature for the Ryder Cup qualification procedure.

Bond had been tied for ninth after the opening round as he trailed by five shots, but he began the second round with five pars and a birdie in the first six holes.

A bogey on the par-4 seventh was quickly cancelled out by a birdie on the eighth, and from then on Bond flourished on the back nine, with three birdies from holes 11 to 15. There was just one down note to the day as a bogey on the final hole prevented him from taking a better lead into Saturday.

Chris Wood was two shots off the lead on Thursday but did not have the best of second rounds, as he hit a four-over-75 and dropped five shots, unlike his first round where he flew with four birdies and an eagle.

Kofstad lost his lead after he carded four bogeys in his final nine holes. He had been steadily progressing with a couple of birdies despite two bogeys, but his problems came from the first of his remaining nine holes, as three dropped shots in the opening four holes saw him tumble down the leaderboard.

Ryder Cup captain for 2014 Paul McGinley is three-under after he hit a two-under-69, while Robert Rock and Mark Foster are both one-under.

Wales Open leaderboard

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