Three leaders in Bahrain at the midway point

In the Bahrain Golf Championship, there have been notable moments of balance, comebacks, and reversals

by Andrea Gussoni
Three leaders in Bahrain at the midway point
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In the Bahrain Golf Championship, there have been notable moments of balance, comebacks, and reversals. During the DP World Tour tournament in Bahrain, at the midway point, South African Dylan Frittelli (67 68), Swiss Joel Girrbach (65 70), and Swede Jesper Svensson (70 65) find themselves sharing the top of the rankings with an impressive score of 135 (-9) hits.

However, the second round brought some intriguing developments.

Bahrain, results

While Girrbach and Frittelli managed to recover one and seven positions, respectively, it was Svensson, a 27-year-old from Uppsala, who stole the show.

He gained a remarkable 40 positions by signing the best partial of the day (65, -7), which included an eagle and six birdies, with just one bogey. Among the Italian players, Filippo Celli made significant progress. The Roman golfer advanced from 41st to 19th place with a total score of 140 (70 70, -4).

He outperformed Andrea Pavan (72 69) and Lorenzo Scalise (73 68), both ranking 27th with a score of 141 (-3) after showing improvement in the tournament. Matteo Manassero also managed to make the cut, although he moved from 26th to 38th place with a total score of 142 (69 73, -2).

Unfortunately, some Italian players were eliminated from the competition, including Guido Migliozzi, who finished 86th with a score of 146 (+2), Renato Paratore, who ended in 95th place with 147 (+3), Edoardo Molinari, in 103rd place with 148 (+4), and Francesco Laporta, who secured the 116th place with 150 (+6).

As the tournament unfolds in Bahrain, it remains highly competitive, with the three leaders holding a one-shot advantage over the Spaniard Alejandro De Rey, who is in 4th place with 136 (-8) and a group of five competitors, all tied for 5th place with 137 (-7), including the Frenchman Tom Vaillant, who led after the first round.

The stakes are high, with a total prize fund of 2,500,000 dollars on the line. The rules of golf are relatively complicated compared to other sports because they are applied outdoors, close to nature and animals. Respect for the rules is a basic element in the game of golf, which, almost always based on the self-control and free conscience of the players, often sees distorted results, consciously at times, but often unconsciously or through carelessness, due to non-compliance on the part of many players of the game rules.

In addition to rules, golf adheres to a code of conduct, known as etiquette, which generally means playing the round with due respect for the golf course and other players. Etiquette is an essential component of this sport.