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Friday, 19 March 2010
England's Grant Hamerton and David Higgins from Ireland carded identical rounds of 67 for the second successive day to share the lead at the halfway stage of the Is Molas Challenge Open in Sardinia.
They head the field on 10-under-par 134, a shot clear of another Irishman, Gary Murphy, who had a 70.
On another perfect day for golf with non-stop sunshine and little wind, birdies flew thick and fast and Hamerton and Higgins each took their share.
Hamerton, an early starter from the 10th tee, got off to a flier with two birdies and an eagle in his first three holes. He dropped his only shot at the 437-yard 18th but hit back immediately with another birdie at the first followed by another at the fourth.
Higgins, the 26-year-old son of Senior Tour regular Liam, was also a morning starter but from the first tee. He also dropped just one shot with a bogey-five at the ninth, but ran in six birdies overall, a welcome change of form from his recent Challenge Tour performances.
Murphy, who is also enjoying better times, started the day as joint leader but slipped back to third with a 70 for 135, a shot ahead of a trio of players. Ian Poulter from England, who had a second 68, Austria's Markus Brier with 69, and Ross Bain, the Dubai-based Scot, who had nine birdies in a best-of-the-day 66, are equal fourth on 136.
Two others also returned 66, Spain's Alvaro Salto and Frederic Cupillard of France but they are back in the pack.
In a week of low scores, the cut was also going to be low and at one-under-par 143 it leaves 57 players to battle on over the weekend.

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PosPlayer NameNatHolePar
1DREDGE, BradleyWAL18-18
2BRIER, MarkusAUT18-16
T3HIGGINS, DavidIRL18-14
T3HAMERTON, GrantENG18-14
T3NUTT, JuanVEN18-14
6MURPHY, GaryIRL18-13
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