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Chris Wood continued his good showing by carding a second round two-under par to move within five shots of leader Thomas Levet at the Open de Espana.

The 21-year-old Nailsea golfer, pictured, guaranteed he would be around the weekend to claim his fourth pay cheque of the season by battling to a round of 70 at the PGA Golf de Catalunya.

It leaves Wood tied for fourth place alongside Spaniard Alejandro Canizares, and in front of such established European veterans like Thomas Bjorn and Paul McGinley.

Teeing off at midday at six under par, Wood moved further up the leaderboard with two early birdies at the par four 1st and par four 3rd hole.

But his joy only lasted a matter of minutes when he double-bogeyed the shortish 411-yard par four 4th hole to slip down the field.
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Matters were made even worse when Wood recorded a bogey at the very next hole – the 207-yard par three 5th. He was facing the prospect of falling further behind the leaders, but, such is his maturity, he steadied his round and hit back with a birdie at the 7th hole.

It was here that he holed a monster 20-foot eagle putt on Thursday and yesterday's birdie seemed to give Wood the belief that he was still in the championship. He returned a level par front nine of 36.

His back nine started with three straight pars before picking up another birdie at the short 396-yard par four 13th and another at the par three 16th hole.

He came home in 34 shots for a round of 70 and much of his success was down to his putting. Over the last two days Wood has had just 57 putts – 28 yesterday compared to 29 the day before.

He has also been consistently hitting the fairways – making the short stuff 12 out of 14 times yesterday and only missing the fairway once in his first round.

With the cut at level par there was no place for Portishead's John Morgan, who was always struggling to make it after a first round 76 – four over par.

He battled bravely throughout the day and returned a two-under par 70 which left him two shots off a weekend berth.

Other high profile absentees from the weekend include Colin Montogmerie and Kenneth Ferrie.
 
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