Lyoness Open: Mikael Lundberg leads by a shot at halfway stage in Austria
Last Updated: 07/06/14 4:09pm
Sweden's Mikael Lundberg made the most of ideal conditions to move into a one-shot lead at the halfway point of the Lyoness Open to boost his chances of a first European Tour victory in six years.
Lundberg added a 68 to his opening 67 at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria to finish nine under par, one shot ahead of playing partner Lee Slattery.
Slattery carded an eagle, five birdies and one bogey to return an impressive 66, with Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti a shot further back on seven under after a 68.
Korea's Sihwan Kim is six under also after a 68 and defending champion Joost Luiten is on five under following a flawless 67.
Second round leaderboard
GB & Ire unless stated
-9 M Lundberg (Swe)
-8 L Slattery
-7 F Zanotti (Par)
-6 S Kim (Kor)
-5 J Luiten (Ned)
-5 R Davies
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Lundberg had shared the overnight lead with England's Adam Gee, but wasted little time in moving clear of the field when play resumed on Friday.
The 40-year-old from Helsingborg, whose previous wins came in the Russian Open in 2005 and 2008, parred the first two holes but then birdied the next four in succession.
Lundberg, who failed to record a single top-10 finish last season and had to regain his card for the third successive year at the qualifying school, dropped his first shot of the day after a clumsy chip on the eighth.
And although he saved par after missing the green on the 10th, his lead was down to two shots as Slattery holed from 15 feet for birdie on the same hole.
A birdie from 30 feet on the 12th saw Lundberg extend his lead, although he then missed from a fraction of the distance on the next after a superb approach and was unable to find any further birdies on the closing stretch.
The best recovery of the day had come from Australian Brett Rumford, who played his first four holes in five over par but the remaining 14 in seven under to return a second round of 70 and finish one under par.