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Jason Scrivener stays in touch in Portugal

Scrivener is just two from the lead at the halfway mark (Photo: Bruce Young)
Australian Jason Scrivener has kept alive his hopes of a first European Tour victory by adding a second round of 67 at the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura on the Algarve Peninsula and is just two from the leader, Nino Bertasio, as the event heads into the weekend.

After his opening round of 65 yesterday, which left him just one behind the lead, Scrivener began quickly in round two with four birdies in his first eight holes but the momentum slowed somewhat from there, a bogey at his 9th hole and a back nine of just 1 under par eliminating the chance of the outright lead.

28 year old Scrivener, from Perth, is in a share of 4th position behind the leader, Bertasio and those in second position, Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark and Marc Warren of Scotland.

29 year old Bertasio, born in Switzerland but now an Italian citizen, is in his second European Tour season but after more than 60 starts he has been consistent but recorded only three top tens.

The best of those when 5th at the Trophee Hassan 11 event in Morocco in his rookie season. He also finished 9th behind Nathan Holman at the 2015 Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast in one of his first events as a card holder.

Today Bertasio played in the final group of the afternoon and produced a bogey free round of 65 to add to a similar round on Thursday.

"I’m feeling good," he said. "The game's really good. I had a bogey-free round today and it was very easy golf.

"I just missed one green and I chipped it to one foot so I never really struggled to make pars and had a lot of looks at birdies and I made some and missed some so it was a very easy six under.

"I'm really playing well, I'm hitting the ball well. It's a very good golf course if you're playing well because if you hit it well you're going to do well.

"I'm really happy with what me and (caddie) Rich are doing out there and we're both looking forward to the weekend."

Other Australians to make the weekend besides Scrivener were Wade Ormsby and Todd Sinnott who share 44th position eight shots from the lead.

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