Red-hot Wallace eyes second win

14 October 2017 02:33:05 EST

Despite another birdie blitz in round two that kept him in a tie for the lead, Matt Wallace believes he can go even lower at the Italian Open this weekend.

The English rookie shares top spot with Australian Marcus Fraser after the pair continued their scoring assault on Golf Club Milano to reach the halfway mark on 13-under 129.

Scoring-wise, I probably could be better because I'm playing that good.

Matt Wallace

That's two shots in front of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Jamie Donaldson while it's a further stroke back to defending champion and local hero Francesco Molinari.

Wallace caused a shock in the Open de Portugal earlier this season after opening 63-66 and he's matched that 36-hole total this week after following a first-round 64 which gave him a share of the lead on Thursday with a 65 on Friday.

He said: "When I won in Portugal, I backed up a 10-under with a seven-under. It's not that rare - I have done it before.

"Yeah, I just played good golf out there and it's perfect weather for us to shoot low. Scoring-wise, I probably could be better because I'm playing that good.

"I've hit it great off the tee. I've hit some really good shots into greens and saved myself a couple times, not had to do that much, so if I can hole a few more putts, there could be a special number somewhere."

Fraser, meanwhile, roared into tied first thanks to a stunning nine-under 62, the best round of the day by two shots.

"I putted unbelievable," said the Aussie. "Didn't really leave too many out there at all. It's nice when that happens. The greens are great out there, so it's nice when you get a good feel for the speed.

"Today I took it to a new level with the putter."

Wallace is 66/1 to win the Italian Open, with Molinari 1000/1 to defend his title and Fraser available at 250/1.

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