DP World Tour news: Germany's Yannik Paul in total control at Indian Open
Although Paul could not match his blistering 65 on Thursday's opening day, three birdies after the turn saw him sign for a 69 to build his advantage from the slim one-shot lead he held overnight. His fellow German, Marcel Siem, is in a four-way tie for second alongside Angad Cheema, Gudmundur Kristjansson and Mikko Korhonen, with Honey Baisoya dropping to joint sixth after a disappointing round of 74, marred by two double bogeys on the back nine. Paul, seeking his second DP World Tour title, said: "I played well. I probably played almost better today than yesterday. "I felt the pins were in tougher spots today so you had a lot of downhill putts where you think you have a good look but it's actually two or three cups' break.
"I think the key part is just staying patient. You have quite a few wedges but the pins are so tucked and the course in general is so firm, so you feel like you've got to make some birdies, but par is fine too. You just have to stay patient and just focus on myself and see where I end up.
"I like India, it's my first time in India. Every tournament I'm going to, I'm trying to win, so I'll just see what the weekend brings and take it from there." Paul feels his experience of winning last year's Mallorca Golf Open will stand him in good stead as he aims to become a two-time winner this weekend. He added: "It feels good when you feel like you can first of all get over the line and second of all, make a putt when it matters. "I only noticed that last week, I was a bit calmer and more collected because you feel like you've gained experience last year and that helped me last week. "I'll try not to focus too much on the leaderboard, on a course like this anything can happen so I'll just focus on my game plan and see where I end up."
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