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Luiten, Pepperell out in front

Joost Luiten shrugged off a warning for slow play to claim a share of the lead on the second day of the Spanish Open at PGA Catalunya.

The group of Luiten, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Francesco Molinari were put on the clock by tournament officials after falling out of position, with Luiten given a first "bad time" for taking too long on his second shot to the seventh.

A second transgression would have meant a one-shot penalty but the Ryder Cup hopeful went on to birdie the 542-yard par five and picked up another shot on the ninth - his final hole - to card a second round of 69 and join England's Eddie Pepperell on five under par.

Pepperell had carded an opening 68 to claim a one-shot lead overnight and was five shots clear of the field when, after starting on the back nine, he birdied the 10th and 11th and eagled the 12th.

However, he then ran up a double-bogey six on the 14th and bogeyed the 18th to be out in 35, with two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine meaning the 23-year-old from Oxford had to settle for a 71.

"The game's been pretty good for two days and five under puts me in a really nice spot for the weekend," said Pepperell, who finished 76th on the Race to Dubai in his rookie season last year.

"I expect to be caught today but I'm not too worried, if I keep doing what I'm doing I hope to have a shot at it come Sunday afternoon.

"It was a great start and I hit some really nice shots early. I had three 10-footers for birdie, birdie and eagle and I holed them all. But it was an up and down day for me. I hit some good shots in the early part of the round, but there were also some poor ones.

"Unfortunately, I made a double bogey where I played aggressively and it didn't come off. I didn't get the pace of the greens and had a couple of three putts when I bombed my first past the hole."

Molinari was a shot off the lead after six birdies and one bogey gave him a round of 67, the lowest score of the week so far, with Jimenez on two under following a 73.