Thornton has edge after 36 holes over Delamontagne at Madeira Islands

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Simon Thornton added a 6-under 66 on Friday to his opening 71.
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Published: Friday, May 20, 2011 | 5:40 p.m.

Ireland's Simon Thornton shot a 6-under-par 66 Friday to take the 36-hole lead at the European Tour’s Madeira Islands Open.

Thornton heads the leaderboard on 7 under as a result, one shot clear of Frenchman Francois Delemontagne at Porto Santo Golfe.


The Madeira Islands Open is played on the rocky seaside Porto Santo Golf Club course, which was designed by Seve Ballesteros and opened in 1994.

Thornton carded five birdies and an eagle in an impressive round, while England's Chris Gane, who had led after the first day, went round in level par and remains on 5 under -- two shots off the pace in fourth.

Aside from Thornton, Denmark's Andreas Harto was the biggest mover, going round five shots under the par score to finish in fifth, with England's Jamie Elson sandwiched in between in third. Three bogeys on the day prevented Elson from being in the lead himself, as he made seven birdies in an inconsistent round.

Scotland's Lloyd Slattery also remains in the picture, despite a disappointing round of 1 over. He is four shots behind Thornton going into Saturday, but he, countryman Alastair Forsyth and Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey (both 4 under) are in contention.