MADRID, Spain (AP) — Alejandro Canizares shot a 6-under 66 Friday to join Daniel Vancsik at the top of the Madrid Open leaderboard after two rounds.
Canizares, who had one bogey and seven birdies, is tied with Vancsik at 9-under 135, one stroke ahead of Gary Lockerbie (68).
“If I win, I owe the trophy to my father,” said Canizares, whose father played for Europe in four Ryder Cups.
Vancsik (70) recovered from two early bogeys by getting an eagle at the par-5 10th hole.
Francis Valera (67) and Jean Van de Velde (66) were two strokes behind the leaders.
Van de Velde salvaged par on the fifth hole after a TV crew pointed him in the direction of his wayward drive. The Frenchman later sank a 3-foot putt after sending his second shot out of the thick rough and onto the fringe.
Rory McIlroy, playing alongside Van de Velde, continued to impress in only his third professional start on the European Tour.
The Northern Ireland teenager finished with a 68 to move to 3-under, the same James Kingston (65), who had the day’s best round.
“I still missed a few chances out there but I’m happy with a 68 and I’m in for the weekend,” McIlroy said. “The greens were definitely not as spiked up this morning as they were yesterday afternoon and it was pretty much perfect conditions.”
McIlroy, who finished third at last week’s Dunhill Championship and is eighth in the Ryder Cup points’ list, opened with two birdies and finished with two more.