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Rhys Davies & Joost Luiten top leaderboard

Defending champion Rhys Davies and Dutchman Joost Luiten defied strong winds at the Hassan II Trophy to share the lead after the second round in Agadir on Friday.

Briton Davies, the European team’s non-playing 13th man at the 2010 Ryder Cup, and Luiten carded rounds of 70 and 69 respectively to hold a one-shot advantage on six-under 137.

Sharing third place on 138 were British trio Darren Clarke, Robert Rock and David Horsey, Finn Mikko Ilonen, Swede Peter Hedblom, Indian pair Shiv Kapur and Jeev Milkha Singh, George Coetzee of South Africa and Argentine Julio Zapata.

Overnight leader Peter Lawrie of Ireland struggled to a five-over 76 to slip back to three-under overall.

Welshman Davies, who has not managed a top-20 finish this season, picked up two birdies and dropped just one shot.

“The wind is blowing hard and the gusts are very strong so it’s making it very difficult,” he told reporters. “But I hit it very nicely again today and holed some good putts.”

Luiten, yet to win on the tour, enjoyed a roller-coaster round that included seven birdies and two double bogeys.

“I was good on the back nine with four birdies so that kept me going,” said Luiten.

“My form was alright coming into this event. I was 18th last week in Spain and didn’t really play that great but now I’m starting to putt a little better.”



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