KLM Open: Pablo Larrazabal takes overall lead after course-record 62

Pablo Larrazabal
Larrazabal won his third European Tour title in Abu Dhabi earlier this year
KLM Open second round
-10 Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) -8 Romain Wattel (Fra), Edoardo Molinari (Ita) -6 Richie Ramsay (Sco), Soren Hansen (Den), Peter Uihlein (US) Selected others: Level Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) +5 Thomas Bjorn (Den)

Spain's Pablo Larrazabal hit a course-record 62 to claim a two-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the KLM Open.

Larrazabal, 31, birdied his first six holes on the par-70 layout at Kennemer Golf Club to be out in 28.

Three birdies and a bogey on the back nine secured Larrazabal an eight-under round and with it a two-shot lead over Romain Wattel and Edoardo Molinari.

"I started very fast with birdies on the first six holes but the round cooled down a little bit," he said.

Larrazabal admitted shooting the first 59 on the European Tour was in his mind following his strong start.

Edoardo Molinari
Edoardo Molinari is two shots off the lead after successive rounds of 66

"After starting with six birdies I was thinking it is a par 70, I only need five more," he said.

"I was aware of the 59 more than the course record. I thought I only need five more to make the magic number, but maybe I put a bit more pressure on myself."

Frenchman Wattel carded six birdies and one bogey in his round of 65 as he moved to eight under overall, with Italian Molinari recording six birdies and two bogeys for a second successive 66.

American Peter Uihlein, Scotland's Richie Ramsay, who hit a hole in one at the 11th, and Dane Soren Hansen were two shots further back on six under, with defending champion Joost Luiten five under after adding a 70 to his opening 65.

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