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Gonzalez leads the SAS Masters

July 24, 2009 at 4:44 PM

MALMO, Sweden, July 24 (UPI) -- Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez shot 5-under-par 68 Friday to build a two-stroke lead after 36 holes at the SAS Masters golf tournament in Malmo, Sweden.

Gonzalez began the day one-stroke back of first-round leader Lee Slattery of England and his round Friday was marred only by a bogey at the par-4 seventh.

Six birdies secured his spot atop the leader board.

"It's been some time since I put two rounds together," the 39-year-old Gonzalez said through a translator. "(But) the golf's still there."

Gonzalez has not won since 2004 and has risen to 316th in the latest world rankings.

Slattery shot 3-under 70 Friday and is second at 9-under 137 through 36 holes.

Sweden's Martin Erlandsson (70), Spain's Pablo Larrazabal (71) and Scotland's Richie Ramsay (70) are tied for third at 6-under 140.

Sweden's Peter Hanson (73), the defending champion, is 1-over 147, tied for 51st place.

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