Broadhurst leads Algarve Open by two strokes

Updated: March 31, 2006, 3:03 PM ET
Reuters

PORTIMAO, Portugal -- Britain's Paul Broadhurst compared his 3-under-par 69 to a trip to the dentist after stretching his lead to two shots in the Algarve Open second round on Friday.

Last year's winner Broadhurst, 40, who began the day one ahead of the field, finished with an 11-under total of 133.

Christian Cevaer shot a 69 in his bid to make it back-to-back French wins after compatriot Jean Van de Velde's success in last week's Madeira Island Open and was in second place.

Swede Christian Nilsson survived a lost-ball timing incident on the 12th on his way to a 71 that left him third on 136. Two more Swedes, Jarmo Sandelin and Mattias Eliasson, were a stroke further back.

Broadhurst, who fired six birdies on Friday after opening with a course record-equaling 64, was not entirely happy with his game.

"I wouldn't say it was my all-time best 69," he told reporters. "It felt like a visit to the dentist."

The Englishman's performance became erratic after he battled to save his par following a drive into a water hazard on the long fifth.

"From then on, it was a bit of a struggle," said Broadhurst, who for the second day running only needed 24 putts.

He is trying to equal the feat of former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance, son of Broadhurst's coach Bob, by becoming only the second player to win two successive Algarve Opens.

"If it was any other tournament and I hadn't shot 64 in the first round, I might not be quite so determined," said Broadhurst. "I don't want to give the trophy away too easily."

While the former Ryder Cup player, whose triumph last year was his first for 10 years, is targeting his sixth title, Cevaer is chasing his second after winning the 2004 Canaries Open.

Rookie Nilsson said he had found a lost ball inside the permitted five minutes after being questioned by senior European Tour referee Andy McFee.

Briton McFee said: "His marker didn't time him but his caddie said that it was inside the five minutes."

Paul Lawrie of Britain was in a five-man group in sixth place at 6-under 138.

After studying videos, Lawrie has reverted to the putting stroke that won him the 1999 British Open as he searches for his first victory since 2002.

Last year the Scot triple-bogeyed the 71st hole in Estoril to lose to Broadhurst by a stroke.

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