English duo Simon Khan and Paul Sherman both credited improved putting for their leading positions at the halfway mark of the Formby Hall Challenge at Formby near Liverpool. Khan carded a 67 with 27 putts for 135, five under par, while Sherman had 25 putts in his 66 for 136.
Khan, 28, said: “My putting has been superb this week. I’ve had 27 putts on each day and although I didn’t play great in round one, I scrambled well to make 68.”
Sherman, 28, was one of nine players to shoot 66 with four birdies. “I have been putting awful all year and at Bowood after the Beazer Homes Challenge Tour Championship I was so frustrated that I snapped the shaft on the putter I’ve used for 10 years,” he said.
“I tried others but without success so I reshafted my original club and since then it’s been going great.”
Joint third on 137 are Juan Nutt from Venezuela, Scotland’s Roger Beames, and Tim Spence, Gary Clark and Neil Cheetham from England.
After the deluge of the opening day, heavy overnight rain followed by further showers forced another stoppage of just under two hours this morning. That made it doubtful if the second round would be completed but the rain gave way to non-stop sunshine and the final groups finished just before darkness fell.
The cut came at two-over-par 142 with 56 players surviving for the weekend.