GOLF: Pepperell builds on strong start in Spain

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Eddie Pepperell took advantage of an early start to back up an excellent first day yesterday with another under par round at the Spanish Open this morning.

The 23-year-old from Abingdon held the overnight lead and was still out in front by the end of his one-under-par second round, although his five-under-par mark could be surpassed later today.

Resuming at four-under-par this morning, Pepperell made a dream start from the tenth hole, opening up with birdie-birdie-eagle to briefly move five shots clear of the field.

His momentum was halted by a double bogey at the 14th and a further dropped shot at the 18th, but he played the front nine in level par to card a 71.

It put the Frilfiord Heath golfer one ahead of compatriots Richard Bland and Chris Wood, with the majority of the field yet to begin their second rounds.

A high finish on Sunday would be a timely boost for Pepperell, whose best finish so far this season is a tie for 45th place at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in January.

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