Broadhurst, Lima share lead

Englishman Paul Broadhurst and Portugal's Jose-Filipe Lima share the lead after the second round of the Estoril Open de Portugal, played on Friday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:51 IST
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Englishman Paul Broadhurst and Portugal's Jose-Filipe Lima share the lead after the second round of the Estoril Open de Portugal, played in Cascais on Friday. The start of the second round of the Estoril Open de Portugal saw Austrian Markus Brier in the lead on six under par. Englishman Jonathan Lomas fared a lot better, despite starting the day in a tie for sixth position and dropping down the field. Exciting play Lomas had six bogeys, four birdies and an eagle - all of which amounted to a level par round of 71. That left him in a tie for 23rd place, but only five shots off the lead. Argentina's Cesar Monasterio followed up his opening 69 with a four under par 67. Monasterio was a lot more consistent than he was on Thursday and produced a bogey-free round which included four birdies. That left the Argentine on six under par and well-placed, just two shots off the pace in joint fifth position. Volatile round A shot ahead of Monasterio, Stuart Little, Ian Garbutt and Paul Lawrie are a pair of Englishman, Barry Lane and Simon Dyson. The veteran Lane had an "up-and-down" round, which consisted of seven birdies and three bogeys, and ultimately added up to a four under par 67. Lane stands at seven under par for the tournament, together with compatriot Simon Dyson. Dyson, a former Asian Tour order of merit winner, made his latest bid for a European Tour title with a rousing seven under par 64 that broke the Oitavos course record by a stroke. The Englishman drew to within a stroke of the joint leaders Jose-Filipe Lima of Portugal and veteran Paul Broadhurst as he cruised out in just 30 shots, six-under-par. Tough one Only a bogey at the last, the toughest hole on the course, when he missed the green with his approach, kept the 27-year-old out of a tie at the top. Broadhurst followed up his first round of 68 with a five under par 66. Former Ryder Cup man Broadhurst, looking for a first win in 10 years, was pleased that he completely changed his fortunes in two days and put some of his transformation down to good advice from his mental coach. Broadhurst produced a solid bogey-free round which included five birdies and left him on eight under par, tied for the lead with Lima. Lima, the recently naturalised Portugal player, claimed a share of the lead, thanks to a six under par 65. Good position A bogey at the last denied him the outright lead, but the former representative of France, who already has one European Tour title to his name, is in a good position to challenge for a second victory. Lima will be looking for a repeat of his seven birdies when the third round gets underway. But Broadhurst and Lima will have to keep an eye on the experienced chasing pack. Besides Lane and Dyson, just two shots back is former Open champion Paul Lawrie. The Scotsman seemed on course to claim at least a share of the lead when he arrived at the 17th tee on eight under par. That was courtesy of five birdies, an eagle and a bogey. But Lawrie ran up a double-bogey six at the 17th and dropped back to six under par, before closing on that score. However, Lawrie's 67 keeps him in contention, just two shots off the pace. (AP)