RABAT, Morocco – European Tour rookie Francesco Laporta opened a one-shot lead at the Trophee Hassan II with a 2-under 70 in the second round on Friday to move to 6-under par overall.
Italy's Laporta, ranked No. 787, made a bogey and double-bogey in successive holes in his opening nine, but held it together coming home to go into the weekend with a slim advantage at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.
Australian Jason Scrivener, part of a three-way tie for the lead alongside Laporta and Thomas Linard overnight, carded 71 to slip into a tie for second. Scrivener is alongside Spain's Borja Virto Astudillo (70) and South Korea's Wang Jeunghun (68) on 5 under.
Frenchman Linard ended the second round in a tie for 35th after eight bogeys and a double-bogey.