Open de España. Thomas Pieters Claims Lead May 16 2014

dragon logo dark  Thomas Pieters claims the lead at the Open de España at the half-way stage in Spain.   Thomas Pieters  (Getty Images)

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Thomas overcame three bogeys in his first four holes to record a second consecutive  -3 under par 69 for his -6 under par total. He said he needed to remain patient;

"I stayed really patient, I just grinded it out because it was really windy the first ten or 11 holes. I just hung in there and made some late birdies which is nice. The wind died out on the last nine and I took advantage of that. I think I'm good enough and it had to show today. I didn't think that six under after two days would be leading but it's a tough course, the rough is really high and the greens are firm enough."

"I know I'm up there, but there's a long way to go. It's the first time I'm in first position, I'm happy to be here and excited for tomorrow. This is new for me and I just have to deal with it tomorrow. I'll try to stay calm, stay really patient,  it's fun."

"I just turned pro in June last year. I know it's been a quick rise but I'd like to take it steady, take one tournament at a time and see where it goes."

First round leader Eddie Pepperell has kept in touch, carding -1 under par 71 to post a -5 under par total, just one shot back. He is joined on that score by Joost Luiten who had a -3 under par second round of 69, which elevated him into a share of second place.

Eddie had been playing quite well, when he unfortunately ran up a double bogey;

"The game's been pretty good for two days and five under puts me in a really nice spot for the weekend. I expect to be caught today but I'm not too worried, if I keep doing what I'm doing I hope to have a shot at it come Sunday afternoon." "It was a great start and I hit some really nice shots early. I had three ten footers for birdie, birdie and eagle and I holed them all. But it was an up and down day for me. I hit some good shots in the early part of the round, but there were also some poor ones." "Unfortunately, I made a double bogey where I played aggressively and it didn't come off. I didn't get the pace of the greens and had a couple of three putts when I bombed my first past the hole."

Francesco Molinari was two shots off the lead after six birdies and one bogey gave him a round of -5 under par 67, sitting alone in fourth place.