Thornton shares lead in Turin

Ireland’s Simon Thornton shot a second round of five under par 67 to claim a share of the halfway lead in the Italian Open Golf Club Torino, Turin yesterday, while Waterville’s David Higgins remained very much in contention, adding a second round 69 to his opening 67 to lie just a shot off the pace.

Thornton shares lead in Turin

Thornton, who shares the lead on nine under par with and Turin native Francesco Molinari and Chile’s Felipe Aguilar, shot six birdies and dropped just a single shot, at the par four 17th.

Higgins has just one top-three finish to his credit in more than 200 European Tour events but feels the course suits his game.

The world number 684 said: “I didn’t hit it as close as yesterday but if you keep hitting the fairways on this course you can manage it and get a lot of opportunities and I am good at doing that.”

Molinari, who carded a second round of 67, has been the centre of attention all week as he bids to claim his national open for the second time, but said: “It adds a little bit of pressure but it’s good, it gives you an extra motivation to do well.”

Ryder Cup team-mate Nicolas Colsaerts had looked set to at least maintain his overnight share of the lead but bogeyed the 16th and 18th – where he duffed a chip – to return a 71 to lie eight under alongside Higgins and England’s Steve Webster.

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