Maybin best of the Irish in Madrid

Gareth Maybin heads the Irish challenge after day two of the Madrid Masters at El Encin Golf Hotel today.

Gareth Maybin heads the Irish challenge after day two of the Madrid Masters at El Encin Golf Hotel today.

Mayin is three under par while Damien McGrane and Paul McGinley are both two under.

England's Lee Slattery has a one-shot lead on 11 under after adding 66 to his opening 67.

Slattery lost his card by just £66 in 2007 and at 136th on The Race to Dubai faces another nervy end to the season.

He carded seven birdies and one bogey today, bouncing back from his only dropped shot at the 12th with a monster birdie putt on the 14th.

“I got off to a good start, I was two under early and just kept it together and had a nice finish, birdied the last two holes,” Slattery told reporters at the course.

“It’s mainly down to putting. I putted very well today, seemed to hole everything. I drove the ball well. On this course you can give it a good smack off the tee and you feel yourself trying to hit it harder and harder.

“I was actually getting too cautious with my game but round here you can’t be, you just whack it. This suits me because I just enjoy it and don’t think too much – that’s the key. I don’t think I’ve ever walked off the course feeling so relaxed.”

Slattery enjoyed a one-shot lead over Italy’s Francesco Molinari and Spain’s Eduardo de la Riva, who both carded second consecutive rounds of 67.

Molinari, a member of the victorious Ryder Cup team last year, said: “It was a good solid round, I’m hitting the ball better than I was this summer.

“Today’s round was trickier than yesterday’s because of the wind. I’m even more pleased today. Five under is a good score in any conditions.”

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