Leaders find inspiration in feminine viewpoint

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Jarmo Sandelin, of Sweden, and the Englishman Paul Lyons continued their bids for the Madeira Island Open title yesterday thanks to the help of a feminine viewpoint around the course.

Sandelin, last season's rookie of the year, hit a 67 to take an early half-way lead on the five-under-par total of 139. Lyons, playing only his fourth Tour event, added a 72 to his opening 68 to move into joint second.

Sandelin's caddie is his girlfriend, Linda, and he said: "It was her fault I bogeyed the fifth hole because she told me to hit a four-iron and I needed more, but she got it right on both the sixth and ninth."

For his part Lyons, joint overnight leader with Ross McFarlane, praised his caddie, a 17-year-old local girl.

"Her brother [Duarte Freitas] is playing in the tournament and she's spectacular on the greens. She knows them like the back of her hands," Lyons said.

MADEIRA OPEN (Santo da Serra): Early leading second-round scores (GB or Irl unless stated): 135 D Chopra (Swe) 69 66; 139 J Sandelin (Swe) 69 67; 140 P Lyons 68 72, S McAllister 73 67, P Sjoland (Swe) 72 68; M Davis 72 68, J Van de Velde (Fr) 69 71; 141 D Higgins 71 70, P Affleck 72 69, S Ames (Trin) 72 69, D Borrego (Sp) 75 67, C Suneson 71 70. 142 M Archer 73 69; 143 D Ray 73 70, J Hawksworth 69 74, J Pinero (Sp) 72 71, D A Russell 74 69, A Haglund (Swe) 70 73, J McHenry 70 73; 144 S Watson 70 74; 148 M Welch 76 72, R Willison 79 69, P Linhart (Sp) 78 70, P Fowler (Aus) 76 72, D Smyth 77 71, P Harrington 75 73.

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