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Friday, 19 March 2010
Italy’s Michele Reale, the 1997 winner of the Challenge Tour Rankings, leads the Günther Hamburg Classic at GC Auf de Wendlohe by four shots at the halfway stage after equalling the course record of 65, seven under par.

Reale moves to 13 under with the English pair of Justin Rose and Simon Hurd and Italy’s Gianluca Baruffaldi on nine under par.

Indeed no fewer than five players shot 65 in the second round including Rose, playing his first Challenge Tour event of the year. His round consisted of seven birdies highlighted by an 8 iron second shot to the par 5 sixth hole.

His accuracy was further demonstrated by birdies at the second from four feet, the seventh, also from four feet, the tenth and 15th. He even damaged the hole with his approach at the 16th but missed for birdie.

Further chances slipped by from six feet and five feet respectively at holes 17 and 18. Nevertheless it was Rose’s lowest ever under par score as a professional (-7) although he did shoot 64 in an Austrian Challenge Tour event.

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PosPlayer NameNatHolePar
T1RODILES, CarlosESP18-18
T1HIGGINS, DavidIRL18-18
3REALE, MicheleITA18-16
4HURD, SimonENG18-15
T5BINAGHI, AlbertoITA18-14
T5BUTTERFIELD, AndrewENG18-14
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