World number 38 Rafa Cabrera-Bello carded a six-under-par 65 on Friday to move into a two-way share of the Spanish Open lead. Cabrera-Bello, who is one of several Spaniard’s in the field for the event at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, made six birdies in a bogey-free round to move onto -11 for the tournament, joining compatriot Adri Arnaus at the top.
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The 35-year-old, who was part of Europe’s losing Ryder Cup team in 2016, is yet to make a single bogey over his opening 36 holes and he is right in contention to land his fourth European Tour title. World number 1413 Samuel Del Val also signed for a brilliant 65 on Friday and he has sole possession of third on -10, one stroke off the pace, while fellow Spaniard Jon Rahm is just a stroke behind on -9.
South African Zander Lombard carded a second straight round of 67 to move into fifth place on -8, while Germany’s Marcel Siem, Finland’s Mikko Korhonen and Australian Jason Scrivener are in a share of sixth on -7. First-round leader Kristian Krogh Johannessen found life tougher on day two and he could only manage a two-over-par 73, dropping him down into a five-way tie for ninth on -6.