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Friday, 19 March 2010

Englishman Chris Gane has a two shot lead at the halfway mark of the AGF-Allianz EurOpen de Lyon after Spaniard Carlos Del Moral closed the gap with a superb 64.

Gane continued his hot streak with the putter as he ended a gruelling second day on a high, adding a seven under par 66 to his superb opening round 63.

He moved to 15 under par after playing 36 holes in one day because of Thursday’s rain delay which saw only four-and-a-half hours of play on the opening day.

As well as Del Moral, Londoner Gane has countryman John Morgan, Ireland’s Colm Moriarty and Italian Alessandro Tadini for company, who shot second rounds of 65, 66 and 66 respectively to move to 12 under par.

A run of four consecutive birdies starting on the sixth hole was the springboard for Gane’s second fine round in less than 12 hours at the Golf du Gouverneur.

That sequence was the perfect recovery after he had bogeyed the second hole – his first dropped shot of the tournament.

The 34 year old, chasing his first top 20 finish of the season, carded seven birdies in total in his second round then admitted he was shattered after a drain day on the course.

He said: “I’m pretty happy to shoot 15 under par in one day. I’m dead on my feet now though. I’m certainly looking forward to relaxing tonight.

“I putted nicely again in the second round. The greens had a lot of traffic on them today with some golf this morning and then 36 holes passing through. It meant they were not as true by the end of the day but I putted really well.

“It was a bit of a test of stamina out there but I was swinging well which helps. The guys playing their second round tomorrow will have the fresh greens so we will have to see what happens.

“I have been playing nicely but not shooting the numbers. When you are putting well that’s when you make those four or five extra shots.

“It’s been a slow start to the year for me. I didn’t go to South America or Kenya then I played well at St Omer but apart from that I’ve been in the also-rans. The good thing about this tour is that one good week can get you right back in the top 20. I’ve got a few tournaments coming up and this would be a nice time to start playing well.”

Del Moral, who completed his second round on Saturday morning due to the delay caused by  Thursday’s rain, holed an eagle putt on the third hole en route to his 64 which contained just one bogey.

Morgan’s round included an eagle, six birdies and just the one bogey while Tadini, who won the Oceanico Group Pro Am Challenge in May, carded six birdies for his flawless 66. Moriarty was in a share of second place until he three putted the 16th for a bogey but is still well placed to mount a challenge in the final two rounds.

 

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