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Bland moves ahead in Italy

14th September 2012, 07:16pm

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Bland: Strong finish to his second round

Bland: Strong finish to his second round

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 of the leaderboard.

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: "This morning it was perfect conditions to play on this course.

"It was a lovely round and I enjoyed it a lot. I was very solid and I'm very proud. Almost everything went right today.

"Last week my driving was wonderful and so were my irons, and that continued today. I'll try to do the same at the weekend."

Richard McEvoy was at 10 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.

He could only follow Thursday's eight-under-par 64 with a 71 and was level with fellow Swedes Mikael Lundberg and Joakim Lagergren, Spain's Pablo Larrazabal, South African Richard Sterne, England's Sam Little and Victor Dubuisson of France.

English pair Lee Slattery and David Howell were hot on Sjoholm's tail overnight and that was where they remained, shooting 71 and 70 respectively to join compatriot Robert Coles and a host of others on eight under.

Ryder Cup-bound Martin Kaymer, Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Welshman Bradley Dredge, Darren Fichardt of South Africa and India's Shiv Kapur completed the group.

A second Ryder Cup player, Italian Francesco Molinari, was in the group at seven under as was Graeme Storm, who was fifth in Holland last week having led for two rounds and started well again here with rounds of 69 and 68.

Molinari's brother Eduardo, the big-hitting Alvaro Quiros and Frenchman Thomas Levet were among the higher-profile players to miss the cut.

Collated second-round scores (Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 72):

132 Richard Bland 66 66

133 Marc Warren 68 65, Garth Mulroy (Rsa) 66 67, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 69 64, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa) 68 65

134 Richard McEvoy 66 68

135 Mikael Lundberg (Swe) 70 65, Joel Sjoholm (Swe) 64 71, Joakim Lagergren (Swe) 70 65, Victor Dubuisson (Fra) 66 69, Sam Little 67 68, Richard Sterne (Rsa) 67 68, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 69 66

136 Shiv Kapur (Ind) 67 69, Robert Coles 70 66, David Howell 66 70, Martin Kaymer (Ger) 70 66, Darren Fichardt (Rsa) 69 67, Lee Slattery 65 71, Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 67 69, Bradley Dredge 67 69

137 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 68 69, Hennie Otto (Rsa) 70 67, Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 70 67, Gareth Maybin 66 71, Phillip Price 68 69, Alex Cejka (Ger) 67 70, Scott Jamieson 68 69, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 67 70, Graeme Storm 69 68, Thomas Norret (Den) 70 67, Shane Lowry 70 67, Keith Horne (Rsa) 66 71, Lorenzo Gagli (Ita) 69 68, Dylan Frittelli (Rsa) 70 67

138 Andrew Johnston 71 67, Damien McGrane 73 65, Anders Hansen (Den) 70 68, Jorge Campillo (Spa) 70 68, Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 71 67, Matteo Manassero (Ita) 69 69, Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 68 70, Thorbjorn Olesen (Den) 71 67, Tommy Fleetwood 69 69, Mark Foster 72 66, Michael Hoey 71 67, Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 70 68

139 Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 70 69, Steve Webster 72 67, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 69 70, Estanislao Goya (Arg) 71 68, Edouard Dubois (Fra) 67 72, Peter Hedblom (Swe) 73 66, Johan Edfors (Swe) 67 72, Gary Boyd 69 70, Sam Walker 70 69, Stephen Dodd 68 71, Shaun Micheel (USA) 71 68, Alastair Forsyth 68 71, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 70 69, Gregory Havret (Fra) 70 69

140 Kristoffer Broberg (Swe) 72 68, Oliver Wilson 75 65, Paul Waring 71 69, Jaco Van Zyl (Rsa) 71 69, Todd Hamilton (USA) 73 67, Peter Lawrie 70 70, Anthony Wall 71 69, Jose-Maria Olazabal (Spa) 70 70, Robert Karlsson (Swe) 70 70, Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 73 67, Robert Rock 70 70, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par) 72 68, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 70 70

-------------------------The following players failed to make the cut----------------------

141 Robert Jan Derksen (Ned) 74 67, Patrik Sjoland (Swe) 72 69, Jamie Elson 72 69, Joon Kim (Ita) 70 71, Michael Jonzon (Swe) 67 74, Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 70 71, George Murray 71 70, Alex Haindl (Rsa) 72 69, Peter Whiteford 69 72, David Horsey 71 70, Rhys Davies 73 68, Julien Quesne (Fra) 68 73, Jin Jeong (Kor) 71 70, James Morrison 72 69, Alessandro Grammatica (Ita) 70 71, David Drysdale 69 72, Romain Wattel (Fra) 69 72, Tim Sluiter (Ned) 68 73

142 Craig Lee 70 72, Andrea Maestroni (Ita) 75 67, Joost Luiten (Ned) 73 69, Matthew Baldwin 72 70, Oscar Floren (Swe) 70 72, Tjaart Van Der Walt (Rsa) 69 73, Gregory Molteni (Ita) 71 71, Markus Brier (Aut) 70 72, Giorgio De filippi (Ita) 69 73, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 70 72, Benjamin Hebert (Fra) 75 67

143 Filippo Bergamaschi (Ita) 73 70, Andrew Dodt (Aus) 76 67, Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 68 75, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 71 72, David McKenzie (Aus) 70 73, Daniel Denison 70 73, Andrew Parr (Can) 69 74, Knut Borsheim (Nor) 73 70, Richard Finch 68 75, Simon Thornton 72 71

144 Jamie Moul 71 73, James Kingston (Rsa) 73 71, Andrew Marshall 70 74, Scott Strange (Aus) 72 72, Steven Jeppesen (Swe) 75 69, Maarten Lafeber (Ned) 75 69, Tom Lewis 71 73

145 Andy Sullivan 76 69, David Dixon 72 73, Niclas Fasth (Swe) 70 75, Rich Beem (USA) 72 73, Christiano Terragni (Ita) 72 73, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (Ind) 71 74, Renato Paratore (Ita) 73 72

146 Christian Nilsson (Swe) 76 70, Chris Wood 76 70, Marco Bernardini (Ita) 74 72, Federico Colombo (Ita) 73 73, Ricardo Santos (Por) 75 71, Emanuele Canonica (Ita) 74 72, Kenneth Ferrie 76 70

147 Richard S Johnson (Swe) 74 73, Andrea Pavan (Ita) 70 77, Pablo Martin (Spa) 73 74, Thomas Levet (Fra) 73 74

148 Sam Hutsby 73 75, Giulio Castagnara (Ita) 73 75, Mathias Gronberg (Swe) 71 77

149 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra) 71 78, Andrea Rota (Ita) 74 75

150 Carlos Del Moral (Spa) 72 78, Matthew Zions (Aus) 74 76, Lorenzo Magini (Ita) 73 77

151 Francesco Laporta (Ita) 80 71

152 Benedetto Pastore (Ita) 78 74, Costantino Rocca (Ita) 77 75, Mattia Miloro (Ita) 78 74

153 Alexander Noren (Swe) 76 77, Stefano Soffietti (Ita) 73 80

155 Lorenzo Scotto (Ita) 78 77

156 Domenico Geminiani (Ita) 76 80

WD: Gary Orr 71

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