Rookie Nixon on leaders heels

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A European Tour rookie has claimed the clubhouse lead midway through day two at the Iberdrola Open in Mallorca.

A European Tour rookie by the name of Matthew Nixon has claimed the clubhouse lead midway through day two at the Iberdrola Open in Mallorca.

He was at 5-under, but he could so easily have been tied for the overall lead at 7-under with overnight leader Gregory Bourday had he not picked up a double bogey on his card at the last.

The 21-year-old from Manchester, who was the only amateur to secure a card at November’s Qualifying School, shot a level-par 70 to sit two behind overnight leader Gregory Bourdy on five under overall.

Bourday at this stage remained on his overnight score of 7-under after five holes.

Nixon claimed six birdies, but was hampered by two bogeys and, most harmfully, two double bogies at the par-four third and par-three 18th.

He achieved the best result of his fledgling professional career in Spain when he finished 11th at the Open de Andalucia in March.
With many of the leaders just getting their rounds under way, including Bourdy Nixon will be anticipating a slide down the leaderboard throughout the afternoon.
Big movers this morning included Frenchman Thomas Levet, whose round of 65 took him into a share of fifth at four under, and Ireland’s Simon Thornton, one was just shot behind Levet after also carding a five-under second round 65.
Among those also in contention who were just getting under way was Darren Clarke, who was five under overnight.

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