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Dunne in great shape for Spanish joy

By Phil Casey

Paul Dunne is in pole position to claim a second European Tour title after establishing a healthy lead at the halfway stage of the Open de Espana.

The Wicklow ace, who held off Rory McIlroy to win the British Masters at Close House in October, carded nine birdies and two bogeys to add a 65 to his opening 66 at the Centro Nacional de Golf.

At 13 under par Dunne leads by three shots from Spain's Nacho Elvira, England's Callum Shinkwin and Australia's Brett Rumford, with world number four Jon Rahm a shot further back alongside Scotland's Marc Warren, England's Robert Rock and Sweden's Henric Sturehed.

"It was one of those days, I wasn't really thinking about the score and the score kind of built on itself," said Dunne.

"Turns out all three of us in the group shot seven under so it was an enjoyable day.

"The game is in good shape, I'm feeling good, I feel confident around this course so hopefully a couple more good rounds and give myself a chance."

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