Gonzalez takes lead at midpoint of SAS Masters

LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden (AP) Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina shot a 5-under 68 for the second straight day to take a 1-stroke lead at the midpoint of the SAS Masters on Friday.

Gonzalez had six birdies and one bogey to finish at 10-under 136 at Barseback Golf Club on the longest course in European Tour history (7,665 yards).

Overnight leader Lee Slattery of England shot a 70 and was alone in second place.

Both leaders have been struggling this year. Gonzalez, who failed to qualify for last week's British Open, was only 13th on the European money list and 153rd on the ``Race To Dubai'' standings.

Tied for third at 6 under were Scotland's Richie Ramsay (70), the former U.S. Amateur champion, Sweden's Martin Erlandsson (70) and Spain's Pablo Larrazabal (71).

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