Jose Manual Lara from Spain kept his narrow one-shot lead in the Rolex Trophy Pro-Am in Geneva but just five str4okes cover the top 15 players. Lara carded a second round 69 for 134, 10 under par, with Sweden’s Johan Rystrom now his nearest challenger.
On another hot and sunny day overlooking Lake Geneva, Lara struggled on the front nine, two birdies and three bogeys seeing him reach the turn in 37. But he found his form with a homeward 32 containing four birdies.
Rystrom, a winner already on the Challenge Tour this year, covered the front nine in 33 with three birdies but could do no better than 35 coming home.
Best return of the day was the 66 of David Higgins, which leaves the Irishman joint third on 136 with Fredrik Henge of Sweden, Frenchman Pascal Edmond and Carlos Larrain from Venezuela.
Higgins, with two Challenge Tour victories to his credit over the past two months, hit eight birdies from the 10th tee including an outward 32.
Edmond went round in 67 while Henge and Larrain carded 68.
Italy’s Alberto Binaghi, one behind Lara overnight, slipped to a 73 for 139, while Renaud Guillard, who opened with 67, also dropped away with 74 for 141.
The 36-strong field will be cut to 18 and ties after tomorrow’s third round.