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Grégory Bourdy may have reached the turning point in his season after a superb second-round 66 to grab a one-shot lead going into the championship rounds of the Open de Espana.

The Frenchman has one managed one top 10 finish in his last 24 European Tour events, but his 66 is the best round anyone has shot in the Open de Espana this year so far.

“I’ve just been patient,” said Bourdy. “I’ve not made a score like that for a long time in these conditions. It’s good for the confidence.

“I’m very happy about this round, particularly in these conditions. I made eight birdies and just two bogeys.

“Yesterday one over was not so bad in that wind, but today I played really well, I felt comfortable and very solid, very consistent and I also made some important putts, so I’ll try to keep going like this.”
Bourdy sunk four birdies in his last six holes to climb up the leaderboard to 5-under after he started the day way down in 37th place.

Overnight leader Shaun Micheel experienced the exact opposite fortune to Bourdy, as the American limped to a 77.

England’s Simon Dyson and Robert Rock, 19 year old Italian Matteo Manassero and Spain’s Jorge Campillo are tied for second on 4-under par.