Two Tied at the Top in Portugal


European TourALGARVE, Portugal -- Jose Filipe-Lima shot a 6-under 65 on Friday to join Paul Broadhurst in the lead midway through the Estoril Open de Portugal. Broadhurst, who posted a 66, and Lima are knotted at 8-under-par 134 at Quinta da Marinha Oitavos Golfe.
Simon Dyson established a new course record on Friday with a 7-under 64. It could have been one shot lower, but he bogeyed the 18th hole. He is tied for third place with Barry Lane, who carded a 67, at 7-under-par 135.
Lima had a tame front nine with one birdie through his first six holes, a three at the par-4 second. He tallied back-to-back birdies at the seventh and eighth, holes he played 3 under par on Thursday, to make the turn at 3-under 33.
Lima caught fire on the back nine after a pair of pars at 10 and 11. He birdied three in a row from the 12th, then birdied the par-5 16th to reach 9 under par for the championship. Lima dropped a shot at the 18th, a par-4 hole playing to an average of 4.7 over the first two rounds.
Lima is the local favorite after a a nationality change following the 2004 season. He followed the nationality of his Portuguese parents and changed his name from the French Phillipe to the Portuguese Jose-Felipe.
'I changed nationality for a very simple reason - purely for my family,' admitted Lima, who won last year's Aa St. Omer Open in France. 'My mother and father are both Portuguese, I love this country and I think it is more important to play for family.
'I was a winner of a French event last year when I was a Frenchman, but I am not a winner in Portugal yet. I will try to this weekend. It's a strange situation, but I like the pressure and I think I feel good about this weekend and I will just try to play normal golf and see what happens on Sunday afternoon.'
Broadhurst, who went 2-0 in the 1991 Ryder Cup, opened on the back nine Friday. He birdied the par-5 13th for the second time in as many rounds, then birdied No. 15.
On his second nine, the Englishman birdied the first hole. He closed his rounds with birdies at seven and nine to polish off his bogey-free second round.
Broadhurst, who has made four cuts in five starts in the 2005 season, has four wins on the European Tour, but has not visited the winner's circle since the 1995 Open de France. He credited a meeting with his psychologist for the improved play this week.
'I was really pleased today because on Wednesday after the pro-am I didn't know how I was going to play after not playing particularly well in the pro-am,' said Broadhurst. 'This isn't really a course where you can go left or right, so I am pleased to be where I am. I worked hard with my mental coach yesterday morning and played steady. Then today I was very steady and I only missed one green.'
Paul Lawrie, the 1999 British Open champion, shot a 4-under 67 and is tied for fifth place with Ian Garbutt (66), Stuart Little (66) and Cesar Monasterio (67). The group came in at 6-under-par 136.
Stephen Dodd (69), Ignacio Garrido (66), Titch Moore (70), Gary Murphy (68), Stephen Scahill (70), Charl Schwartzel (65) and Mads Vibe-Hastrup (70) are knotted in ninth at minus-5.
First-round leader Markus Brier struggled badly on Friday. He shot an 8-over 79 and made the cut on the number at 2-over-par 144. Sam Torrance, the 2002 Ryder Cup captain, also came in at plus-2.
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