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Lynn remains among leaders in Portugal

Vilamoura, Portugal (SportsNetwork.com) - David Lynn shot 6-under 65 for the second day in a row Friday to remain among the leaders after two rounds of the Portugal Masters.

Lynn, who was one of seven first-round co-leaders, finished 36 holes at 12- under 130, and he was joined there by Paul Waring (63) and Hennie Otto (64).

Chris Doak fired a 7-under 64 to move into a share of fourth at minus-11. He stands alongside Bernd Wiesberger, who posted a 65 on Friday.

Justin Walters (63) and 2008 winner Alvaro Quiros (67) share sixth place at 10-under-par 132.

Lynn was among the afternoon wave at Oceanico Victoria Golf Club and he had plenty of catching up to do when he started his round. His front nine included birdies at the third and fifth, to go with seven pars.

The Englishman made the turn at minus-8, and was four off the pace. He followed a birdie on the 11th with an eagle on the par-5 12th to quickly get within one.

After a pair of pars, Lynn converted a birdie chance on the 15th to grab a share of the lead. He closed with three straight pars to end there.

"It was really good to follow up a round of 65. I caught fire early on the back nine, sharing the lead on 12-under, so all in all really good," Lynn said.

Otto and Waring were in the same group the first two days, and both opened with birdies on the par-4 first. Otto came right back with birdies at two and four to move to minus-8.

Waring birdied three of four holes from the fifth to also move to 8-under. Otto tripped to a bogey at the seventh, but erased that error with a birdie on the eighth.

The duo were tied at the turn. Otto eagled the 12th for the second round in a row, while Waring made birdie there for the second straight day. Waring briefly moved in front with birdies on 15 and 16.

Otto joined him at 11-under with a birdie on 17, his second in as many days. The duo both birdied the 18th to share the second-round lead.

Waring is searching for his first European Tour title, while Otto won the 2008 Italian Open and the 2011 South African Open Championship.

"I've been playing better for the last few months; I lost by one in Valencia, two in Gleneagles, been knocking on the door a few times so it's nice to keep myself in contention week on week," said Waring, who had his first career top- five finish back in April.

The other five first-round co-leaders all made the cut. Jamie Donaldson shares eighth at minus-9, while Simon Thornton is tied for 11th, Felipe Aguilar is tied for 14th, Maximilian Kieffer shares 19th and Graeme Storm is in a group that is in 30th.

NOTES: Shane Lowry, the 2012 champion, missed the cut by one stroke ... The cut line fell at 2-under-par 140 with 72 players moving on to the weekend ... Matteo Manassero, the highest ranked player in the field at world No. 31, also missed the cut by one, while Oliver Fisher, Simon Dyson, Phillip Price and Jose Maria Olazabal also missed the cut.