Germany’s Tobias Dier leads the European Challenge Tour OKI Mahou Challenge de Espaňa on 11 under par 133 after firing a second round of 64 at the Golf Campo de Layos in Toledo.
Dier, who had four birdies and two eagles in his round, leads by one from Chile’s Felipe Aguilar – who shot a best of the day nine under par 63 – and France’s Francois Calmels, who shot 67. Both are on ten under par 134.
Dier, who last won in 2002 when he captured The Dutch Open on The European Tour, said: “I enjoyed it very much. The key was on the first seven holes, as I was six under then and holed some good putts. I need to win here to keep my card, because I’m 87th in the Rankings.”
Challenge Tour Rankings leader Aguilar’s brilliant round was without blemish, as he went out in 31 and back in 32 for his 63, having opened with a 71.
“It was not one of those outstanding rounds but I did not make many mistakes and that was the difference,” he said. “I was lucky to play in the morning because you could play greens more aggressively.”
On his goal to finish the top Challenge Tour player this season, he said: “Finishing number one is something that’s not easy, and there are two key tournaments left, here and next week at Kazakhstan. The one who plays them both good can win the Rankings, so I still have a lot to do.”
Calmels, who had to finish his opening round of 67 this morning, owing to the two hour suspension of play on the first day for thunderstorms, and then bad light, added another five under par score.
Chasing his third Challenge Tour victory, and an automatic promotion to The European Tour should he do so, England’s Robert Dinwiddie shot a 70 to be in a tie for fifth place on seven under par 137.
France’s Michael Lorenzo-Vera, second in the Rankings, was disqualified under rule 43B, damaged equipment, after damaging his putter. A referee went to speak to him and he accepted the ruling.