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Jason Scrivener has improved his standing at the Open de Espana in Madrid, adding a second round 68 to his opening 67 and as the event heads into the weekend he finds himself in a share of 6th place and four from the lead held by Spain’s Adri Arnaus and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Scrivener recovered from an indifferent start with a final nine of 30 to keep within touch of the lead as he looks to reverse some rather ordinary form of late, having missed two of his last three cuts and finished 61st last week in Scotland.

Queensland’s European Tour rookie Jake McLeod is tied for 20th after his second round of 70 and given his standing outside the top 150 in the Race to Dubai rankings he will need to finish the season strongly if he is to regain the right to play the European Tour next season.

Victorian Deyen Lawson is tied for 26th, with Brett Rumford and Dimi Papadatos 44th.

The leaders head a Spanish dominated leaderboard as not only are Cabrera Bello and Arnaus tied at the top, Samuel De Val and defending champion Jon Rahm are, respectively, one and two shots behind.

Rahm, Cabrera Bello and Arnaus played together on the opening two days of play making a great spectacle for locals fans.