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Testing conditions again at the ISPS HANDA UK Championship
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Justin Walters ground out a gutsy 71 to open up a one shot lead after day two of the 2020 ISPS HANDA UK Championship.
The South African had carded a brilliant 64 on day one before heavy rain arrived resulting in a lengthy delay, and he maintained his three shot lead when the first round was completed on Friday morning.
They say it is difficult to follow a very low round with another and so it proved on another rainy day at The Belfry, but Walters came home in 34 in testing conditions, making an impressive par save on the last to remain at nine-under. Frenchman Benjamin Hebert was his closest challenger after a 69, one shot clear of England's Paul Waring, who carded a 67. Two more Englishmen in Marcus Armitage and Matthew Jordan were at six under alongside Kiwi Ryan Fox and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.
American Julian Suri and Zimbabwean Scott Vincent were at five under, a shot clear of two times Major Champion Martin Kaymer, South African duo Dean Burmester and Bryce Easton, Scottish pair Calum Hill and Craig Howie, and England's Richard Bland.