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Jorge Campillo still the man to catch at Bernardus Golf

Jorge Campillo still the man to catch at Bernardus Golf

Jorge Campillo holds a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the 2023 KLM Open after following up Thursday's stunning 63 with a battling 71 in tougher conditions on day two.

The Spaniard put in a patient performance on Friday afternoon, carding two birdies and a single bogey to head into the weekend on ten under par.

Italy's Renato Paratore was alone in second place on eight under after finishing his round with a hat-trick of birdies to sign for a second successive 68.

New Zealand's Daniel Hillier was another shot back in third, one ahead of the group containing England's Marcus Armitage, Spaniards Adrian Otaegui and Alejandro del Rey, and Swede Marcus Kinhult.

Campillo began the day with a three-stroke advantage and still topped the leaderboard by the time he teed off at 13.10 local time.

After going close with lengthy putts at the opening three holes, Campillo opened his birdie account from five feet on the long fourth but gave the shot back at the next hole after failing to get up and down from a bunker.

Nine straight pars followed before his next birdie arrived at the 15th, where a wonderful approach shot set up a four-foot putt.

And he parred his way home to head into the clubhouse as the only man in double figures under par.

Campillo, who claimed his third DP World Tour title at the Magical Kenya Open Presented by Absa in March, said: "It was a solid round. Obviously it wasn't even close to yesterday's round but I played solid.

"OK off the tee, my irons were solid. I didn't hit it as close as yesterday or make any of those mid-range putts but overall it was a good round.

"The course is playing a little tricky, the greens don't have much grass on so it's hard for the ball to roll good.

"So it's a tricky golf course right now.

"I was trying to shoot under par. After a nine under it's hard to play well the day after.

"So I was trying to have an under-par round, which I did, so I'm quite happy about it."

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