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Phillip Price: second round 66 took him to the top of the leaderboard

Phillip Price: second round 66 took him to the top of the leaderboard

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Welshman Phillip Price shot a second-round 66 to move one shot clear at the top of the leaderboard at the Hassan II Trophy in Morocco.

The 45-year-old former Ryder Cup player has not won for nine years but leads by a shot at halfway from Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara.

Price has not finished among Europe's top 100 money-winners since 2004 and last season held on to his card by little more than £1,000.

Second round leaderboard

(GB & Ire unless stated)
-10 P Price
-9 JM Lara (Spa)
-8 J Sjoholm (Swe)
-8 J Kingston (SA) (17)
-7 J Campillo (Spa)
-7 D McGrane (5)

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But aided by holing a bunker shot on the short 16th, his seventh, Price took over at the top of the leaderboard from Damien McGrane, although it was 5.30pm before the Irishman teed off again on seven under after strong winds delayed play in Agadir by more than five hours.

"I'm delighted with that," Price told European Tour Radio. "When we started and it was still windy I thought it was going to be a struggle. It was rather unpleasant and I'm amazed how calm it got.

Waiting

"I had five hours waiting around and twice went to the tee. It's frustrating - you can't keep getting yourself into the right mood and you kind of go flat on the range, so I'm rather pleased with my response.

"It's been a long time since I've been anywhere near a leaderboard. It's nice to be up there."

McGrane was level par for his round through five holes when play was suspended for the day.

Italian teenager Matteo Manassero, needing to win to have a chance of climbing into the world's top 50 and qualifying for the Masters, is five behind following a 71.

Robert Rock wrote off his chances of making it to Augusta with a top two finish when he had a septuple bogey 11 for an opening 77, but the Abu Dhabi winner shot 68 on his return - even with a seven on his card - and on one over is just inside the expected cut mark.

More than half the field will have to complete their second rounds on Saturday morning, but unlike last month's Qatar Masters, which also had to be halted because of high winds, the event is still scheduled to go 72 holes.

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