Price leads the way in Morocco and 7-Eleven Rock could still make the cut

Price leads the way in Morocco and 7-Eleven Rock could still make the cut

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23:31 GMT, 23 March 2012

Former Ryder Cup hero Phillip Price
has a real chance to re-ignite his career after a second round 66 at the
Hassan Trophy in Morocco.

Strong winds prevented any play before 1pm, but the 45-year-old Welshman then moved onto the 10 under par halfway total of 134.

He is one ahead of Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara overnight, although the round has still to be completed.

High Price: Welshman is chasing his first win for nine years

High Price: Welshman is chasing his first win for nine years

First day leader Damien McGrane, for example, managed only five holes and parred them all to remain seven under.

Italian teenager Matteo Manassero, needing to win to have a chance of climbing into the world's top 50 and qualifying for the Masters, is five behind following a 71.

Robert Rock wrote off his chances of making it to Augusta with a top two finish when he had a septuple bogey 11 for an opening 77, but the Abu Dhabi winner shot 68 on his return – even with a seven on his card – and on one over is just inside the expected cut mark.

Price has not finished amongst Europe's top 100 money-winners since 2004 and last season held onto his card by little more than 1,000.

Rollar-coaster: Robert Rock

Rollar-coaster: Robert Rock

Forever to be remembered for his victory over Phil Mickelson at the Belfry a decade ago, he is chasing his first victory for nine years.

Helped by holing a bunker shot on the short 16th – his seventh – Price had six birdies and did not drop a stroke all day.

'I'm delighted with that,' he said.

'When we started and it was still windy I thought it was going to be a struggle.

'It was rather unpleasant and I'm amazed how calm it got.

'I had five hours waiting around and twice went to the tee. It's frustrating – you can't keep getting yourself into the right mood and you kind of go flat on the range, so I'm rather pleased with my response.

'It's been a long time since I've been anywhere near a leaderboard. It's nice to be up there.'

Swede Joel Sjoholm lies third on eight under, with South African James Kingston alongside him and one hole left to play.

Manassero had bogey sixes at the 10th and first and also dropped three other shots, but the 18-year-old produced six birdies as well to stay in the title picture. He is joint ninth.

Paul McGinley, the match-winning hero against the Americans in 2002, did not have as good a day as team-mate Price. After an opening 79 he withdrew because of illness.