The lead in the Formby Hall Challenge remains in the experienced hands of Paul Curry after the Colchester man added a 68 to his opening course record 65 to maintain a one shot lead over England's Robert Coles, Scotlands Alastair Forsyth and Marc Pendaries of France.
With the final 36 holes due to be played today 38-year-old Curry's main worry is the physical challenge. "I can't remember the last time I had to play 36 in a day so it will be interesting. Then after that I face a four hour drive back home, " admitted the man who was on the European Tour for 18 years until he lost his card in 1998.
Forsyth's 68 means he is six shots clear of Dorset's Lee James in the race between the two to clinch the Mastercard Tour Order of Merit title but Forsyth knows that James, who came from way behind to win a fortnight ago,
is capable of a storming second half to this event.
New Scottish PGA Champion of Scotlansd title holder Greig Hutcheon, who shared the course record 65 with Curry on Wednesday slipped slightly to a more modest two under par 70.
Former Open Championship heroes Justin Rose and Gordon Sherry were the two biggest name casualties after Day Two. After 36 of the lowest scoring holes ever on the Mastercard Tour ( the tournament is co-sanctioned by the Challenge Tour) the halfway cut was set at three under par, Rose missing by a stroke, Scotland's Sherry by half a
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