MADRID — Paul Dunne shot a 7-under 65 to take a three-shot lead after the second round of the Spanish Open on Friday.
The Irishman had nine birdies at the Centro Nacional de Golf, moving to 13-under for the tournament. Dunne finished in style with four birdies in his final five holes.
"It's just one of those days. I went on playing, I wasn't really thinking about the score," Dunne said. "Playing early I got the best of the greens so it was a pretty steady day. My game is in good shape, I'm feeling good. I see a lot of birdies around this course if the weather stays like this."
Nacho Elvira of Spain, Brett Rumford of Australia and Callum Shinkwin of England are in a three-way tie for second at 10-under.
Marc Warren of Scotland, the first-round co-leader with Dunne, dropped four shots back following a 3-under 69.
Local favorite Jon Rahm, coming off a fourth-place finish at the Masters, was also four shots off the lead after carding 68.
Rahm had an eagle on the par-5 first hole but made a double bogey on the par-4 No. 12. He had four birdies on the day.
Defending champion Andrew Johnston of England also shot 68 to finish five shots of the lead.