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Maybin charge slows down

By Phil Casey

Gareth Maybin's Italian Open bid hit the buffers at the second round stage.

The Ballyclare man hit a one-over-par 73 that left him 11 shots off the lead.

Maybin posted three birdies and four bogeys and lies four under as he continues to try and boost his hopes of retaining his European Tour card.

Darren Clarke is two under following rounds of 72 and 70.

South African Hennie Otto leads on 15 under, three shots clear of Bernd Wiesberger from Austria.

As a South African he cannot compete in the Ryder Cup, but Otto may still have played a significant part in deciding Europe's team in the Italian Open.

Otto carded a 10-under-par 62 at Circolo Golf Torino, just five minutes before Stephen Gallacher began his second round in the final qualifying event for September's contest at Gleneagles.

Gallacher needs to finish in the top two on Sunday to replace Graeme McDowell in the last automatic qualifying place and admitted his thoughts on seeing the leaderboard, with Otto 15 under and Wiesberger 12 under, were not fit for public consumption.

However, the 39-year-old Scot kept his hopes of securing a Ryder Cup debut on home soil alive – he lives just 35 miles from the venue – thanks to a superb 65 which featured an eagle, a double bogey and seven birdies, six of them coming in a back nine of 30.

Gallacher, whose seven-under total leaves him eight off the lead and five behind second said: "It would be nice to follow it up with more of the same. I'm just delighted to get on a run on the back nine."

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