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Grillo moves 4 clear in Perth

Perth, Western Australia (Sports Network) - Emiliano Grillo carded a 5-under 67 on Friday to move four strokes clear of the field after two rounds of the inaugural Perth International.

Grillo, who had two eagles in the second round, finished 36 holes at 11-under- par 133.

American Bo Van Pelt also shot 67 to move into a share of second place at minus-7. He was joined there by Jason Scrivener. who posted a 69 in round two.

First-round co-leaders Alejandro Canizares and Michael Hendry both stumbled to 1-over 73s at Lake Karrinyup Country Club. They slipped into a tie for fourth place at 6-under-par 138 with Jason Dufner (67) and Max McCardle (70).

David Howell, a 4-time winner on the European Tour, shot 4-under 68 and headlines a group of five people tied for eighth at minus-5.

Grillo, who has two top-10 finishes in his rookie season on the European Tour, opened with a 40-foot birdie putt on the first, but gave that shot right back as he bogeyed the second.

The Argentine holed a bunker shot for eagle on the par-5 third to move to 8- under. After five straight pars, Grillo holed a 100-yard wedge shot for eagle on the par-5 ninth.

Grillo climbed to 12-under with birdies at the 12th and 15th. After back-to- back pars, he stumbled to a bogey at the last to dip to minus-11.

"I think I hit it better yesterday than today, but a couple eagles and a hole- out from the bunker helped a lot. Just go shot by shot, that's the main goal. You cannot think about the third hole when you're playing the second hole," Grillo said.

"It's the hardest thing in golf probably, but it's the best thing to do. I just want to have a good week. My goal this week was having a good one to keep my card for next year. If I can win, awesome."

Van Pelt started on the back nine Friday. He got on the board with a birdie on the 11th. He notched consecutive birdies at 14 and 15 to move to 5-under.

The American parred four in a row from the 16th. He tripped to a bogey at two and came right back with a birdie on No. 3.

Van Pelt eagled the par-5 seventh from 25 feet out to get to 7-under. He faltered to a 3-putt bogey at the eighth, but atoned for that mistake with a short birdie effort at the ninth, his last.

"It was a solid day. I would say the biggest difference between yesterday and today, I think I played the par-5s in 5-under," Van Pelt said. "I think I only missed three greens, so I was driving the ball in play, and was able to take advantage of the par-5s."

Scrivener also played the back nine first and started with birdies at 10 and 11. After a birdie on the 15th, he gave that shot right back with a bogey on the 16th.

The Australian birdied the first for the second straight day to get to 7- under. Scrivener tripped to a bogey on the par-4 fourth, but atoned for that mistake with his second birdie in two days at the fifth. He parred out to share second.

NOTES: Grillo twice tied for 10th this year, at the Africa Open and Lyoness Open, for his best tour finishes...The cut line fell at 2-over-par 146 with 72 players making it to the weekend...Among those that missed the cut were former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, Markus Brier, Gareth Maybin and Johan Edfors.

10/19 07:13:34 ET


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