Friday, 19 March 2010
Gianluca Baruffaldi carded a five-under-par 67 to head the field at the halfway stage of the San Paolo Vita Open in Italy. The 28-year-old Italian, leads on 139, five under par, by one from a group of six players including fellow Italian Alberto Binaghi.
On another gloriously sunny day Baruffaldi was in superb form on the slick greens and needed only 10 putts over his first nine holes.
Joining Binaghi on 140 are Henrik Stenson of Sweden after a second successive 70, Elliot Boult of New Zealand, Frenchman Niclas Joakimides, and Finnish pair Pauli Hughes and Mikko Rantanen.
Overnight leader, Peter Malmgren from Sweden, dropped back after a 73 to be joined on 141 by Stephen Scahill of New Zealand and another Italian, Francesco Guermani.
Best round of the day was a 66 from Christophe Pottier of France to climb to joint 11th on 142, being joined by Ireland's Gary Murphy, the best placed British and Irish player after a second successive 71.
The halfway cut came at two-over-par 146 with 56 players including one amateur surviving. Among those who failed was Gustavo Rojas of Argentina, currently seventh in the rankings, who finished on 147 after a 76.

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