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Matteo Manassero builds two-shot lead at Nordea Masters

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Matteo Manassero won the BMW Championship last week.

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Matteo Manassero remains on track for a second consecutive European Tour victory after taking a two-shot lead at the Nordea Masters on Friday.

The 20-year old Italian, who won last week's BMW PGA Championship, added a 7-under 65 to his opening 66 for a 13-under total for two rounds on the Bro Hof Slott course in Stockholm.

Manassero capped his round with four birdies in succession from the 11th hole.

He says ``it was nice after my good start to come back today and shoot another great score.''

Finland's Mikko Ilonen is second at 11 under after birdying his last three holes for a 9-under 63. He matched a new course record, set just hours earlier by Scotland's Peter Whiteford, who is third on 10 under.

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