• Aiken six behind in Sicily at halfway mark

    Lucas Bjerregaard
    Lucas Bjerregaard

    Lucas Bjerregaard and Julien Guerrier share the halfway lead on 133 at the Sicilian Open after another wild and windy day at Verdura Golf Club.

    Dane Bjerregaard entered round two in a share of the lead but Frenchman Guerrier was the only player to stay bogey-free over two days as he carded a 65 to get to nine under.

    Strong winds made it difficult for the afternoon starters but Bjerregaard produced some impressive golf after the turn to get to 10 under before a bogey on the 16th dropped him back into a share of top spot after a 68.

    Thomas Aiken added a 71 to his opening 68 for 139, six shots off the lead. Other South Africans involved are Jacques Kruyswijk (72, 68 for 140), Zander Lombard (71, 71 for 142), Jbe Kruger (72, 70 for 172), Trevor Fisher Jnr (69, 74 for 143), Haydn Porteous (70, 73 for 143), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (71, 72 for 143), Justin Walters (73, 72 for 145) and Anthony Michael (78, 79 for 157).

    Guerrier regained his playing privileges via the Challenge Tour last season after graduating from the Qualifying School in 2009 and 2011 and is already on course for his best season on the European Tour.

    His third-place finish at the Oman Open was his best result since the 2014 Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI and one of two top 10s this season as he goes in search of a first European Tour victory.

    Englishmen Steven Brown and Ryan Evans were then at eight under, just one shot clear of Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera, who carded the lowest round of the week with a 64.

    Photo: Lucas Bjerregaard in action by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

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