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Pepperell maintains share of Nordea Masters lead
Malmo, Sweden (SportsNetwork.com) - Eddie Pepperell carded an even-par 72 on Friday to maintain a share of the lead after two rounds of the Nordea Masters.
Pepperell finished 36 holes on the Lake Course at PGA Sweden National at 6- under-par 138. Alvaro Quiros fired a 5-under 67 and Victor Dubuisson shot a 3-under 69 during their second rounds to meet Pepperell atop the leaderboard.
"No hole was easy it seemed, so I'm very pleased to be in a share of the lead still heading into the weekend," Pepperell admitted. "It's about hanging in there and not letting it get to you. I enjoy that type of golf."
Pepperell is seeking his first career win on the European Tour, while Quiros has six titles and Dubuisson has one victory on tour.
Henrik Stenson (70) highlights a group of six players tied for fourth place at 5-under. Stenson is joined by Bradley Dredge (70), Thongchai Jaidee (70), Stephen Gallacher (72), Jens Dantorp (73) and Chris Doak (69).
Peter Hanson (71), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (72), Edoardo Molinari (69) and Robert Karlsson (70) are tied for 10th at 4-under 140.
Pepperell birdied the first to move to 7-under, but posted a double-bogey at the par-3 fourth to fall back to minus-5.
He would par his next nine holes before trading a birdie at the 14th with a bogey at the 15th.
Pepperell then closed his up-and-down round with a birdie at the 18th to get back to 6-under and reclaim a share of the lead.
Quiros had earlier opened his round with a par at the 10th before converting an eagle at the 11th to move to 3-under.
After parring his next three holes, he rolled in a birdie at the 15th. He then followed a birdie at the 18th with another eagle at the first to jump to minus-7.
A bogey at the fourth dropped him back to 6-under, and he parred his final five holes to end there.
"I've been hitting the ball very well from tee to green, but even with the scores I've had I have not putted great," said Quiros. "This course is playing a few holes long, and even the short ones are feeling easy. My length helps but the important thing is to control it."
Dubuisson also played in the morning and followed three opening pars with back-to-back birdies at the 13th and 14th to move to 5-under.
The Frenchman tripped to a bogey at the 17th to fall back to minus-4, but bounced back with consecutive gains at the first and second to reach 6-under and parred the next seven holes to finish there.
Stenson briefly claimed the outright lead at 7-under with birdies at the first, fifth, 11th, 14th and 15th around a bogey at the third, but then bogeyed the 16th before finding the water at the 17th en route to a double- bogey to fall back to minus-4.
The 2013 FedExCup and Race to Dubai winner closed with a birdie at the last to end a shot off the pace.
NOTES: Quiros has not won since the 2011 Dubai World Championship ... Dubuisson's lone win came at the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open ... Pepperell has missed the cut in six of his 12 starts on the European Tour this season.
05/30 14:43:09 ET
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