Friday, 19 March 2010
Iain Pyman, who arrived in Poland this week determined to secure his tour card for next year, has almost achieved his objective.

He leads the Daewoo Warsaw Open at the halfway stage, a 72 giving him a two-round total of 138, four under par, and a one stroke advantage over the field.

On a hot but breezy day at the First Warsaw Golf and Country Club, the 26-year-old Yorkshireman didn't play well but he did enough to hit the front and is leaving nothing to chance.

"This is not an easy course and anything can happen here," he says. "It is a course where, if you set off badly, as I did today, you can't get the round going. I managed to pull it back with three successive birdies on the back nine but a bad finish with two bogeys proved my point. I didn't play well but I can't complain. On other days you can get lucky and shoot a good score."

Pyman, who is looking to follow up his maiden Challenge Tour victory in Russia two weeks ago, is a shot clear of five players including overnight leader Hennie Otto, the man he pipped in Russia.

The South African fell back with a 74, but ranking leader, Carl Suneson of Spain, returned a best-of-the-day 67 for 139 and was joined by Sweden's Per Magnebrant, Benoit Teilleria of France, and Richard Bland from Southampton.

Bland added an even-par 71 to his opening 68 but said: "I played well but putted like an idiot. I must have missed nine birdie chances from inside 10 feet so I just hope they go in over the next two days."

Belgium's Didier de Vooght, with a second successive 70, is seventh on 140, while Rudi Sailer, from Austria, with 69, and England's Robert Coles, with 71, share eighth spot on 141.

Scotland's Greig Hutcheon, who shared second place with Pyman after round one, suffered a disaster with a 77 to fall back to joint 15th place on 143.

The cut came at 146, four over par, and Hampshire teenager Justin Rose survived on the limit after a 74.

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