Min Woo Lee in action today – photo European Tour

Perth’s 23 year old, Min Woo Lee, has the halfway lead at the DS Automobiles Italian Open in Rome, backing up his impressive opening round of 64 with a round of 68 today to move two clear of the field.

Lee, who is currently in 10th position in the Race to Dubai season long points table, much of that the result of his recent Scottish Open victory, has the seemingly ever-present American Johannes Veerman, England’s Tommy Fleetwood, Finland’s Mikko Korhonen and Spain’s Adri Arnaus hot on his heels.

“It was very solid again,” said Lee after his round. “I didn’t make too many mistakes, made a couple of bad swings but the ball, it was going really far, and I didn’t really change the way I played, I just hit everything so long.

“I hit a couple nice putts coming down the stretch and happy to be in the lead with two rounds to go. First step will be to keep the umbrella in the bag. I ’m not sure how it will play wet but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Lee has struggled to regain the form which saw him win the Scottish Open in July but he did play well in Switzerland last week, a third round of 74 costing what otherwise might have been a high finish.

Maverick Antcliff is the next best of the Australians, the Queenslander tied for 18th and six from the lead while Scott Hend is another shot back and the only other to make the weekend.