Australian Peter O’Malley climbed from 60th place to joint second with a spectacular burst at the BMW Italian Open in Turin today.
After surviving the halfway cut with nothing to spare at level par – nine adrift of Argentina’s Daniel Vancsik – the 43-year-old had eight birdies in his first 14 holes.
O’Malley, still remembered for playing the last five holes of the 1992 Scottish Open in seven under with two eagles and three birdies to pip Colin Montgomerie, had four of them in a row around the turn.
It moved him alongside Northern Ireland’s Gareth Maybin at eight under, but O’Malley did not have the chance to equal or beat Maybin’s opening course record 63 because placing was being allowed on the Royal Park fairways for the second day running.
His last Tour victory was eight years ago at the English Open and in dropping to 115th on the Order of Merit last season – just good enough to keep his card - he had only one top-10 finish.
However, he was a runner-up in an Australasian Tour event earlier this year.