Dyson reels in Dougherty

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Nick Dougherty is finding the second round at the Omega European Masters a lot tougher than the first.

Nick Dougherty is finding the second round at the Omega European Masters a lot tougher than the first when he blazed to a stunning, bogey-free, 8-birdie 63.

But then so too are many of his pursuers, for although the Englishman, one of Friday’s early starters, was still on his overnight score of 8-under after playing 14 holes, he remained on atop the leaderboard, despite having matched his two birdies with the same number of bogeys.

Dougherty will most likely have a lot to celebrate this Friday evening, for unless he implodes on his last four holes, he is bound to make his first cut in 22 starts going back to November, but the 29-year-old Liverpool native might have to hold off any other celebrations until Sunday because his lead coming down the closing stretch was looking tenuous.

He was no longer the sole owner of it, fellow Englishman Simon Dyson having joined him.

After four birdies and a bogey, Dyson was at three under, also after 14 holes, but on the opposite front nine, having teed off at the 10th, and he too was at an 8-under total, having posted a first-round 5-under 66.

Earlier a third Englishman, Gary Boyd, had also joined Dougherty in the lead after charging into contention with an eagle at the first, but Boyd had quickly fallen back with three bogeys at his next four holes.

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