Words by BGB Editorial
Laurie Canter tagged a 68 onto a brilliant opening day 60 to move clear of the field at the halfway stage of the Italian Open at Chervò Golf Club.

“You can’t take your foot off around here, the scoring is going to be good, a lot of good players behind.”

Laurie Canter

The Englishman was unable to match his heroics on Thursday but did enough to reach 14-under par and open up a two shot margin over countryman Ross McGowen who moved into contention with a joint-low round of the day 64.

On a layout that is offering up plenty of opportunities Canter knows birdies with be the order of the weekend if he is to record a maiden Tour title.

“More of the same, definitely tomorrow,” said the 30-year-old who is a graduate of last year’s qualifying school. “You can’t take your foot off around here, the scoring is going to be good, a lot of good players behind.”

Closest challenger McGowan rolled in eight unanswered birdies in a flawless 64, the Englishman riding a red-hot putter.

“The putter has been pretty hot,” he said. “The greens are good and the ball is going in, which is a good start. My driving hasn’t been great – it’s not a course that emphasises that – but I’m going to try and improve that for the weekend.”

Dean Burmester carded a 68 to move into outright third on -12, one shot clear of Denmark’s Joachim B. Hansen who recorded a 69.