Green shoots clear as weak round costs Daly

Having held a share of the lead on Thursday, Gavin Green moved a shot clear at the Czech Masters.

Gavin Green at the Czech Masters   -  Getty Images

Gavin Green secured a one-shot advantage at the Czech Masters on Friday as overnight co-leader John Daly dropped way off the pace.

Green and Daly were among four players to shoot impressive eight-under 64s on Thursday, but their fortunes were considerably more contrasting in the second round.

Even a double at the 16th and a bogey at the 17th could not derail Green as he carded a 68, that blip coming in the middle of a stretch of seven birdies in 10 holes.

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Ryder Cup hopeful Thomas Pieters, another to share the lead after Thursday, remained in contention following a two-under round made up of four birdies and two bogeys.

The Belgian was one of four players two shots back in a tie for third, with Jeff Winther second after matching Green's four-under 68. Matt Wallace, with a share of seventh, carded the best score of the day, shooting eight birdies for a 65.

It was a different story for Daly, who fell away after five bogeys in a three-over 75, including dropped shots on three consecutive holes from the 16th. Daly ended the day in a tie for 36th.