Arnaus, Cabrera Bello lead Spanish Open

Adri Arnaus and Rafa Cabrera Bello took a one-shot lead of the Spanish Open on Friday.

05-Oct-2019 By Phil Casey, Australian Associated Press
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Rafa Cabrera Bello and Adri Arnaus share the halfway lead in the Mutuactivos Open de Espana as home players occupied the top four places at Club de Campo in Madrid.

Cabrera Bello, who has yet to drop a shot this week, added a second-round of 65 to his opening 66 to finish 11 under par alongside Arnaus, who looked set to hold the outright lead until a bogey on the last in his 66.

World No. 1,413 Samuel Del Val is just a shot off the lead after a superb 65, with world No.5 and defending champion Jon Rahm a stroke further back on nine under following a 67, making it an all-Spanish top four.

Australia's Jason Scrivener is one of three players sharing sixth place after posting a second-round 68, while compatriot Jake McLeod is sharing 20th place on four under.

Cabrera Bello, whose last European Tour title came in the 2017 Scottish Open, said: "You don't get to go bogey-free very often and to do it two days in a row, I don't know how many times I've done that.

"I'm obviously very pleased with the way I'm playing. I'm feeling very confident out there, in control of my game and when I get into trouble my resources manage to save par."

England's Ross Fisher is six shots off the lead after recording back-to-back eagles in his 68, just a fortnight after making the first albatross on the 18th at Wentworth during the BMW PGA Championship.

Fisher, who also made eagles on the fourth and 14th on day one, holed from six feet for eagle on the par-five seventh - his 16th hole of the day - and then spun his approach to the next back into the hole for an eagle two.

Spanish Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia is seven shots off the lead after carding a second consecutive 69.


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