England’s Lee James, the runaway leader of the European Challenge Tour Rankings, is poised to pull further ahead of his rivals after moving into the halfway lead of the Talma Finnish Challenge at Golf Talma.
James, 29, from Poole in Dorset, has already won twice this season having captured the Sameer Kenya Open and the Clearstream International Luxembourg Open and currently leads the Challenge Tour Rankings by more than €32,000. Now he has a third victory well within his sights after a second round 67, five under par, took him to 13 under par 131 and two strokes clear of fellow Englishman Matthew Blackey.
James, winner of the 1994 Amateur Championship and a member of the 1995 Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team, picked up five birdies and an eagle on the par five 13th hole with just the two dropped shots to move to the top of the leaderboard.
Blackey, another former England International, added a four under par 68 to his opening 65 to move to 11 under par, one ahead of Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts.
The round of the day however came from Spain’s Ivo Giner who bounced back from an opening 75, three over par, with a ten under par 62 to climb into a share of tenth place.