Richard Bland birdied the last three holes of his second round to take the halfway lead at the Italian Open in Turin.
The Englishman carded a second successive 66, with birdies at the first, the 11th and four of the last six holes to eventually move ahead of a developing logjam at the top.
France’s Gregory Bourdy shot 64 to leap to 11 under alongside Scot Marc Warren and Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who both went round in 65, and Garth Mulroy of South Africa (67). Bourdy said yesterday: “This morning it was perfect conditions to play on this course. It was a lovely round and I enjoyed it a lot.”
Richard McEvoy was at ten under after following his opening 66 with a four-under-par 68. First-round leader Joel Sjoholm fell into a seven-way tie for seventh on nine under after failing to go with the trend of improved scoring yesterday. He could only follow yesterday’s eight-under-par 64 with a 71.