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English pro seeks 1st European Tour victory in 478th start

Richard Bland shoots 2nd consecutive bogey-free round for share of 36-hole lead in Betfred British Masters at The Belfry

477: Number of starts on the European Tour that England’s Richard Bland has made without a victory. Bland, 48, of England put together his second consecutive bogey-free round as he shot 3-under 69 on Thursday for a share of the 36-hole lead in the Betfred British Masters in Sutton Coldfield, England. Bland stood tied with Scotsmen Robert MacIntyre (66) and Calum Hill (70) at 7-under 137 through two rounds at The Belfry’s Brabazon Course. In his 478th start in a journeyman career, Bland said a victory “would mean everything, especially at my age.” He is a four-time graduate of the Challenge Tour. Hill, 26, posted three top-10 finishes earlier this year and is seeking his first tour victory, as well. MacIntyre, 24, who won in November in Cyprus for his lone European Tour title, birdied his first five holes before cooling off for the rest of the day. He played college golf in the U.S. at McNeese State. At No. 45 in the world ranking, he has a spot in next week’s PGA Championship. France Julien Guerrier (66), South Africa’s Justin Harding (69) and England’s Eddie Pepperell (68) shared fourth place at 6-under 138. Tournament host Danny Willett of England shot 72 and stood T-16 at 3-under 141. Julian Suri, the leading American, faded with a 74 into T-26 at 2-under 142 (For scores, click here.)

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