Gavin Green leads by one shot in Prague

European Tour

Gavin Green of Malaysia leads the D+D Real Czech Masters by one shot after firing the lowest 36-hole total in the event’s history to sit at 12 under par heading into the weekend at Albatross Golf Resort.

Green fired a four-under 68 to go with an opening 64 to lead by one from Jeff Winther of Denmark at 11 under, followed by Padraig Harrington of Ireland, Italian Andrea Pavan, Belgian Thomas Pieters and Finn Tapio Pulkkanen all sitting on 10 under.

Green opened his second round with three birdies on the front nine then nailed four birdies an eagle and a bogey to surge up the leaderboard for his 12 under total.

“It was just an up and down day,” Green said afterwards. “I had a couple of really good holes, good birdies and made some putts but I had a couple of bad decisions that led to a double. Then I didn’t get up and down for par on 17 and made bogey there but I kept the card pretty clean after that.

“It’s fun to be the leader and it’s been a while since I’ve been in this position so I’m going to enjoy it – my dad’s on the bag so we’re going to have a nice dinner maybe and a good sleep and continue tomorrow.”

Winther also carded a 68 with four birdies on the front nine and two more on the 12th and 16th with 2 bogeys to sit a shot off the pace at 11 under.

“I’ve been putting really well all day so I hope it keeps going,” Winther said after his round. “I played really nicely today, it was really nice to follow up that good round from yesterday.”

Leading second round scores:

1 Gavin Green -12 (64 68) 132

2 Jeff Winther -11 (65 68) 133

3 Padraig Harrington -10 (66 68) 134
Andrea Pavan (65 69)
Tapio Pulkkanen (65 69)
Thomas Pieters (64 70)

7. Peter Hanson -9 (66 69) 135
Scott Jamieson (67 68)
Tom Lewis (69 66)
Aaron Rai (67 68)
Matt Wallace (70 65)
Soomin Lee (66 69)

13. Phachara Khongwatmai -8 (69 67) 136
Chase Koepka (67 69)
Connor Syme (66 70)
Callum Tarren (64 72)
Jamie Donaldson (68 68)
Alexander Knappe (67 69)

19. Nino Bertasio -7 66 71) 137
Lee Slattery (65 72)
Christiaan Bezuidenhout (71 66)
Bradley Neil (68 69)
Eddie Pepperell 66 71)

24. Nick Cullen -6 (68 70) 138
Matthew Nixon (68 70)
David Lipsky (69 69)
Matthias Schwab (69 69)
Jacques Kruyswijk (70 68)
Jonathan Thomson (68 70)
Scott Vincent (67 71)
Matthew Baldwin (70 68)
Julien Guerrier (71 67)
Danny Willett (68 70)
Nacho Elvira (65 73)
Lee Westwood (66 72)

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