Eddie Pepperell tops British Masters leaderboard after second round

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"It's going to be a little unusual to try and beat each other instead of playing as a team", Molinari said.

"Looking back today, I did feel like I hit a lot of nice, solid shots".

"I remember feeling really comfortable with the lead in Doha", he added. "But I'm confident that I can go out there tomorrow and shoot three, four under par and make everyone else's life very hard". 'I guess people have different thresholds when it comes to mental fatigue and I'm sure I'll feel exhausted eventually, ' Fleetwood said.

Pepperell was ranked outside the world's top 500 as recently as May a year ago, but won his maiden European Tour title in Qatar in February and followed a runners-up finish in the Scottish Open with a tie for sixth in the Open seven days later, carding a closing 67 at Carnoustie despite being hungover. I get to see America five, six times a year and I think that's flawless. 'I'm still not sure how it got there, ' said Fleetwood, who outscored playing partner, Ryder Cup team-mate and Race to Dubai rival Francesco Molinari by six shots.

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I want to continue at Arsenal, I want to return quickly. " I haven't resumed training, but I want to fight ", he said. He earned the last of his 51 caps in a 3-1 victory over Russian Federation in March.

British Open champion Molinari went on to compile a flawless 5-0 record, matching the feat of American player Larry Nelson, the only other player to do so under the current format. It's know it's not going to be easy but I'm going to do my best to try and achieve it.

Fleetwood is playing his 11th tournament in 14 weeks, a run which included all four FedEx Cup play-off events and Europe's Ryder Cup triumph in Paris, but was not about to cite fatigue as a factor. There's an argument there's too many tournaments, and it's a shame that these ones with history and ones that get support [are allowed to disappear].

The nearest challengers to Pepperell, who won the Qatar Masters this year and almost made it into Europe's Ryder Cup team, were Matt Wallace (72) and Julien Guerrier, who was 3 under after 15 holes of his second round when play was suspended.

While tournament host Justin Rose struggled to an opening 74 at Walton Heath, his fellow Englishmen overcame hard windy conditions to end the day on top of the leaderboard on five under.

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