Defending champion Dan Brown is out of the English amateur after losing 3/2 to fellow England player Bradley Moore in a low-scoring match at The Berkshire this morning.
“It was a good match but the breaks came for me at the end,” said Moore, from Kedleston Park, Derbyshire, who is now into the last 16 (image © Leaderboard Photography).
The pair threw birdies and eagles at each other, with a crucial break coming for Moore on the long 15th. His drive went right, but he got a drop off a cart path and was able to hit a five-iron to 4ft from 197 yards. He duly sank the eagle putt to get to 2up and booked his place in the afternoon round with a par three on 16.
He will meet Yorkshire’s Nick Poppleton (Wath), who beat the top seed yesterday and followed up with a 6/5 win over Jack Dyer (Rochford Hundred, Essex).
Poppleton charged away, getting to six-under after seven holes, with four birdies and an eagle taking him to five up. He won on the 13th, where Dyer’s ball was declared lost after a five-minute search – only to fall out of a tree just as the players shook hands. “It was so weird,” said Poppleton.
Among the other big wins of the morning was Andrew Wilson’s 7/6 success over last year’s runner-up George Bloor (Cavendish, Derbyshire).
Wilson (Wynyard, Durham), lost the first hole but quickly got ahead and was seven under for the holes played, helped by a chip-in eagle on the 9th and birdies on 11 and 12. “I played quite nicely and put the pressure on when I need to,” he said.
Meanwhile, Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) won his game against Conor White (Bridgnorth, Shropshire) 8/6.
By contrast, four matches went into extra time with Jay Beisser (Rayleigh, Essex), Tom Forster (Oundle, Northamptonshire) and Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham Staffordshire) winning on the 19th while Jack Gaunt (Drayton Park, Staffordshire) went to the 21st to secure his place in the last 16.
Meanwhile, Scott Gregory (Corhampton, Hampshire) defeated fellow England international Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park, Somerset) 3/2.