Hennie Otto of South Africa reacts after finishing a putt on the 3rd green during the third round of the Malaysian Open golf tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
Lai Seng Sin
August 29, 2014

FIANO, Italy (AP) Hennie Otto of South Africa shot a 10-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Italian Open on Friday, while Stephen Gallacher's late bid to qualify for the Ryder Cup also gained momentum.

Otto, who won this event in 2008, carded nine birdies, one eagle and one bogey to move to 15-under at the Circolo Golf Torino. He was three shots ahead of Austria's Bernd Wiesberger.

After opening with a 72, Gallacher shot a 65 to move within eight strokes of the lead at 7-under.

Gallacher is the only man still capable of moving into the automatic Ryder Cup places in the final qualifying event, with a top-two finish enough to dislodge former U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell from Europe's team.

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