McGowan keeps Estoril lead by 1 stroke

Updated: April 3, 2009, 4:59 PM ET
Associated Press

CASCAIS, Portugal -- Ross McGowan of England shot a 2-over 73 Friday in the second round of the Estoril Open, retaining his lead by one stroke.

Portuguese Open

1. McGowan (-5)
T-2. Del Moral (-4)
T-2. Doak (-4)
T-4. Dyson (-3)
T-4. Vancsik (-3)
T-4. Broadhurst (-3)
T-4. Tunnicliff (-3)
T-4. Davis (-3)
• Complete scores

McGowan, who equaled his lowest European Tour score with a 7-under 64 in the first round, had four bogeys and two birdies to finish 5-under overall in blustery weather at Oitavos Dunes Club.

One shot behind were tour rookies Carlos del Moral of Spain (71) and Chris Doak of Scotland (70).

McGowan, a former English amateur champion chasing his first European Tour victory, said forecasts for stronger wind on Saturday would make the course "almost unplayable."

Five players were on 3-under -- England's Paul Broadhurst (68), Stuart Davis (69), Simon Dyson (72) and Miles Tunnicliff (70) and Argentina's Daniel Vancsik (71).71

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