Anthony Wall takes the lead on the second day of the Sicilian Open after Stephen Dodd's first day heroics

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Ken Pereira

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  • Anthony Wall takes the lead on the second day of the Sicilian Open after Stephen Dodd

While most of the golfing world’s focus is affixed at the Transitions Championship and the run up to the Masters, the European Tour meanwhile visited Sicily for the first time at the Sicilian Open. Held at the Donnafaguta Golf Resort the tournament kicked off on Thursday, March 17th. Before the start of play Scotsman Colin Montogmerie praised the course saying,  "The course is very good – a very good layout – and we have a discovered a great new destination for the European Tour"

On the first day Welsh golfer Stephen Dodd and Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara quickly adjusted to the conditions to take a one stroke lead over the rest of the field. Dodd's impressive first round display included six birdies and an eagle but it was hardly a flawless round, having also shot two bogeys. 

Meanwhile Jose Lara, with whom Dodd shared the lead on the first day shot nine birdies but it also included a double bogey on his fourth hole. Lara was the winner of last year's Austrian Open. Dodd, on the other hand, has gone winless since 2006. At the end of first day's play they were closely followed by English Chris Wood and French Raphael Jacquelin in second place and Anthony Wall and Steve Webster one shot further below in third. 

Fortunes were different on the second day, however. Jose Manuel Lara had a disastrous second round, shooting five bogeys against just one birdie to sink to 20th place. He finised his round with a score of 75. Frenchman Raphael stayed at second place after another solid round score of 69 that was marred only by a double bogey on the 6th. He was joined by Australian Richard Green who double bogeyed on the 10th but also made six birdies to make up the deficit and finish his round with an impressive score of 67. 

The other first round leader, Stephen Dodd also slipped to fourth place after he shot a one over par on his second round. This sees his chances for a long awaited victory grow slimmer and he'll have to show his first round form again if he wishes to stay in contention. 

The second round then belonged to Anthony Wall. He had a flawless second round that he augmented with birdies on the fourth and sixth holes as well as an eagle on the twelfth. He finised with a score of 67 for the round and a nine under par 133 for the tournament so far. Currently he holds a two stroke lead over Green and Jacques.


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