Eire’s Paul Dunne is in pole place to say a second European Tour title after establishing a wholesome lead on the midway stage of the Open de Espana.
Dunne, who held off Rory McIlroy to win the British Masters at Shut Home in October, carded 9 birdies and two bogeys so as to add a 65 to his opening 66 on the Centro Nacional de Golf close to Madrid.
At 13 beneath par, Dunne leads by three photographs from Spain’s Nacho Elvira, England’s Callum Shinkwin and Australia’s Brett Rumford, with world No. four Jon Rahm a shot additional again alongside Scotland’s Marc Warren, England’s Robert Rock and Sweden’s Henric Sturehed.
“It was one of those days, I wasn’t really thinking about the score and the score kind of built on itself,” Dunne informed Sky Sports activities.
“Seems all three of us within the group shot seven beneath so it was an pleasing day. The situations have been loads higher and taking part in early we had higher greens than we did yesterday.
“I believe these late-early begins are good while you’re taking part in properly; while you be ok with your sport the brief turnaround is sweet. You simply end your spherical, little bit of dinner, straight to mattress and also you’re up and going once more. I believe I benefited from that a bit bit.
“The game is in good shape, I’m feeling good, I feel confident around this course, so hopefully a couple more good rounds and give myself a chance.”
Dunne posted top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour in his final two occasions and added: “It’s been trending the right way for a while and I have a nice run of events here in Europe over the next few weeks as well, so I’m looking forward to that.”
Pre-tournament favorite Rahm, who completed fourth within the Masters on Sunday, began his second spherical with an eagle on the opening gap and in addition carded 4 birdies, however needed to accept a 68 after pulling his method to the 12th into the water.
“I can’t remember a round where I’ve hit it tee to green as good as I did today,” Rahm informed Sky Sports activities. “I solely made one mistake on quantity 12, however apart from that tee to inexperienced was excellent.
“The driving is about pretty much as good as I will hit it, ever. It is simply too dangerous it was the identical as yesterday, I wasn’t in a position to make the putts.”
England’s Andrew Johnston, who received the title in 2016 and is the defending champion as no occasion was staged final yr, is 5 off the tempo after back-to-back rounds of 68.