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Gavin Green sets course record to take lead on day two at Czech Masters

Gavin Green sets course record to take lead on day two at Czech Masters
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Gavin Green hit a couple of eagles to break the course record with a 9-under 63 and take a three-shot lead after the second round of the Czech Masters on Friday.

Green eagled the par-5 first and 10th holes and added five birdies in his flawless round for a 14-under total of 130 at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague. He also made a couple of eagles in the opening round on Thursday but they were accompanied by three bogeys as well as four birdies.

« To be honest, if you hit a good drive and get the right wind and don’t have much in you have chance for an eagle, » Green said. « I made two nice putts for eagle, three nice putts and one of them was given. I like the par fives right now. »

The Malaysian is yet to win a European tour event.

Two-time champion Thomas Pieters, England’s Richard Mansell and Germany’s Marcel Schneider were tied for second on 11 under.

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Pieters had a bogey-free round of 68 with four birdies.

« I’m doing a lot of things very well, a couple of things to work on — spin control was not very good today, » Pieters said. « Iron play, driving, everything was pretty good. I had a couple of good saves for par as well. »

Mansell also had an eagle on the 10th but produced two bogeys, including on the par-4 18th for a round of 66.

Schneider didn’t drop a shot to card a 67 with five birdies.

Overnight leader Louis de Jager of South Africa (70) and Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer (66) are another shot back tied for fifth.

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