Italy’s Alberto Binaghi and Englishman Simon Hurd share the lead with a round left of the Guenther Hamburg Classic in Germany. They are on 13-under-par 203 after Binaghi became the sixth player in two days to equal the course record of 65 while Hurd carded a 68, his third sub-70 return.
They are a stroke clear of another Italian, Michele Reale and Carlos Rodiles from Spain while a third Italian, Gianluca Baruffaldi, is fifth on 205 after a 70.
With almost €39,000 (over £24,000) as first prize, the winner could virtually assure himself of finishing in the top 15 on the rankings at the end of the season and secure his card for the main Tour for 2001.
Irishman David Higgins (68), Marbella-based Englishman Miles Tunnicliff (66), and Swede, Daniel Chopra (66) are joint sixth on 206.
But while it was a happy day for the leaders, English teenager Justin Rose, who shot 65 in round two, slipped to a 76 for 211, eight behind the leaders, and joint 35th place.Official Website