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Eddie Pepperell still leads the Nordea Masters

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England's Eddie Pepperell remains in a tie at the top of the leaderboard after day two of the Nordea Masters in Malmo despite only carding a level-par second round.

The 23-year old from Oxford scored an impressive six-under par 66 on the opening day to take the overnight lead after day one. 

And Pepperell still holds onto this lead despite only managing a second round of 72 that consisted of three birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey.

Joining him in a share of the lead is Spain's Alvaro Quiros and France's Victor Dubuisson.

Quiros carded the best round of the day with a five-under par which involved eagles on the first and 11th holes, birdies on the 15th and 18th with a solitary bogey on the fourth leaving him also at six-under for the tournament.

The Spaniard was content with his round but admits that he feels he could still improve his putting.

"I've been hitting the ball very well from tee to green, but even with the scores I've had I have not putted great," Quiros told www.europeantour.com.

"I had one putt from eight metres for eagle on 11, but apart from that I've had a lot of putts from around five or six metres and not holed any. So even though I'm happy I could have putted better.

"This course is playing a few holes long, and even the short ones are feeling easy. My length helps but the important thing is to control it. The distance control is hard in this wind though. At least it was warmer today than yesterday."

Dubuisson began the day early and enjoyed a decent round with birdies on the first, second, 13th and 14th. A bogey on the penultimate hole was the only blot on his card and denied him of an outright lead.

But the 24-year won was satisfied with his three-under par round.

"It's a great score. I played good today," said the Frenchman, who won last year's Turkish Airlines Open.

"It was more difficult than yesterday because the wind was in a different direction and it made some of the par fives difficult to make birdie on.

"My short game was good and that was important."

Six players are in a tie for fourth including Wales' Bradley Dredge and Scotland's Stephen Gallacher and Chris Doak. Also on five-under par are Swedish duo Henrik Stenson and joint overnight leader Jens Dantorp. Joining them in a share for fourth is Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee.

World number two Stenson had reached seven-under par for the tournament after consecutive birdies on 14 and 15. However, a bogey and double bogey followed on the next two holes before he finished on a birdie to leave him on two-under par for the day.

Despite taking one more stroke during his second round than he did on the first, Stenson feels his performance level increased.

"I played better today than I did yesterday and of course I would have wished for a bit more," said Stenson.

Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello recorded a four-under par on Thursday and was looking good yet again with three early birdies. However, he cancelled them out with three bogey leaving him on level par for the day.

Joining Cabrera-Bello on four-under par for the tournament is Sweden's Peter Hanson and Robert Karlsson and Italian Edoardo Molinari.

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