Wall two in front in Sicily

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Anthony Wall said he had technology to thank for grabbing a two-shot lead midway through the Sicilian Open.

Anthony Wall said he had technology to thank for grabbing a two-shot lead midway through the Sicilian Open.

Starting the day in a tie for fourth, Wall went round in 67 on Friday to take the early clubhouse lead at the Donnafugata Golf Resort. It would prove unassailable for the rest of the day.

His round included birdies on the fourth and sixth, and a classy eagle on the 12th to complete the day in four under par.

After his round, Wall revealed that he had a secret weapon out on the course:

“I bought a Dave Stockton iPhone app about reading greens and that is the best 59 pence I have ever spent, because his tips have really simplified a few things for me. I haven’t holed everything but I have hit my putts a lot better.

“It was a bargain, I have to say – you don’t get many valuable lessons for 59 pence these days! Dave Stockton is and always was an amazing putter and you tend to listen to those guys a bit more,” he said.

Tied in second place are France’s Raphael Jacquelin (69) and Australian Richard Green (67). Each had a double bogey to thank for trailing the lead. Jacquelin made a six at the the par-four sixth, while Green slipped up on the 10th, his first hole of the day.

Five players share fourth on five under – Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti, Spain’s Alejandro Canizares Sweden’s Oscar Floren, Welshman Stephen Dodd and Marco Crespi of Italy.

Overnight leaders Jose Manuel Lara and Stephen Dodd both had far less impressive days at the office. Lara carded five bogeys and only one birdie to drop well back in the field, while Dodd’s one-over 72 leaves him four strokes adrift.

Colin Montgomerie continued his good form from the first round on Friday, completing his round of 69 without a single blemish on his card, and two birdies to boot – and this despite feeling under the weather.

“I’m not feeling very well – terrible flu – so I did well today,” he said. “That was okay, to not drop a shot.

“I haven’t dropped a shot since the first two holes of round one, things are looking up.”

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