Turin, Italy (SportsNetwork.com) - Hennie Otto cruised to a 10-under 62 on Friday to take a 3-shot lead heading into the weekend at the Italian Open.
Beginning the day one shot back of the leaders at Circolo Golf Torino, Otto finished 36 holes at 15-under-par 129 and leads first-round co-leader Bernd Wiesberger by three shots.
Otto is a two-time winner on the European Tour and he is seeking his first victory since winning the South African Open Championship in 2011. Otto nearly took home the same title earlier this season, but he finished tied for second.
Wiesberger, another two-time winner on tour who ended tied for 15th at this year's PGA Championship after playing in the final pairing with eventual champion Rory McIlroy, carded his second straight 66 and he is in sole possession of second place at 12-under 132.
Ross Fisher is alone in third at 9-under 135 following a 66 on Friday. Rafael Cabrera-Bello (63), James Morrison (66), David Lipsky (67), Morten Orum Madsen (68) and Richie Ramsay (69) are all right behind Fisher at minus-8.
Stephen Gallacher, who is the only player that can clinch an automatic spot on the European Ryder Cup team with either a win or a second-place finish this week, shot a 65 to jump into a tie for ninth at 7-under 137.
Francesco Molinari, the 2006 champion of this event who was tied atop the leaderboard with Wiesberger after round one, shot an even-par 72 on Friday and he is tied for 16th with six others at 6-under 138.
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